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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Intention

At King Ethelbert School we strive tirelessly to provide our students with stimulating and engaging curriculum. In particular, we endeavour to instil in our students;

  • Ambition, so they are ready for the next stage of their education, employment or wider society
  • To be a responsible citizen and globally diverse

  • To be inquisitive and have a life-long love of learning

Key Stage 3

The KS3 curriculum is taught to students in years 7, 8 and 9. The curriculum in KS3 is broad, rich and diverse and aims to instil in our students our core values of ASPIRE. 

Students are taught by specialist teachers across English, maths, science, MFL, humanities, IT, PE, art & design, citizenship and performing arts. Students are taught about relationships and sex through our PSHE curriculum.

All students are assessed in their learning , with assessment focusing on progress with their learning. Students will receive regular feedback from their teachers; this can be written, verbal or whole class. Throughout the academic year we report to parents on their child's progress, allowing them to see how they are moving forwards. 


Key Stage 4

At the end of year 9, students will choose their options for KS4 and they begin these in year 10. They study their chosen subjects alongside their core curriculum of English, maths, science, core PE and PSHE. All students in KS study a mixture of GCSE and vocational subjects. Our aim is that students choose a broad curriculum that will aid them in preparing for the future. Students continue to be assessed throughout the year and parents will receive regular reports on their progess. 

Throughout KS4, students will receive targeted careers information and advice to better prepare them for the next steps. 

Key Stage 5

Sixth form is a critical period of transition between school and the wider world of learning or employment. At King Ethelbert School we take pastoral care very seriously to ensure that students can make the most of their abilities. 

At King Ethelbert School, we ar proud to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme to our sixth form students. There are 3 assessed elemetns within the IBCP and students complete all 3:

  • 2-4 IB Diploma courses
  • An approved Career related qualification
  • IBCP core, compromising of a Personal and Professional skills course, 50 hours service learning, a reflective project and a language development course


Please see the individual subject pages for more information on each subject area.