About our Curriculum

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At TSTC our curriculum is designed to provide all students with a broad,balanced, differentiated and enriching experience which allows each student to achieve their potential and prepares them for the opportunities of adult life in Modern Britain.

Our curriculum meets students’ needs and enables them to:

  • Secure the maximum possible success in public examinations.
  • Develop their knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Promote fundamental British values by developing such qualities of character and personality as will help them to take their place as active citizens in a pluralistic, multicultural and democratic modern Britain.
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On transfer to TSTC students are placed into ability bands for the majority of subjects based on their KS2 SAT results and information received from their feeder school. Students are placed in separate mathematics and science sets and are taught in single sex groups for English. Throughout Years 7 and 8 students study a core curriculum consisting of English, mathematics, science, history, geography, religious studies, a modern foreign language (French or Spanish), art, drama, music, technology, PSHE, PE and computing.

The Year group are randomly split up into an S and T half and are allocated to tutor groups which are sorted by the Head of Year. Students have the opportunity to express a preference between studying French or Spanish. The bottom set on the S half (7S5) do not study a language but do extra Literacy and Numeracy.

 

Subjects Hours
Mathematics 6
English 6
Science 5
French or Spanish 4
History 4
Geography 4
PE 4
Computing 2
PSHE 1
Religious Studies 2
Technology 4
Music 2
Art 2
Drama 2

For most subjects, students are taught in ability sets. There are 5 sets on the S half (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5) and 4 on the T half (T1, T2, T3, T4).

English is taught in single sex classes. Maths and science are set separately. PE is taught in half year groups. Technology is taught as a roundabout subject involving resistant materials, graphics, textiles, computing and food.

 


Students are placed in separate mathematics and science sets and are taught in single sex groups for English. Throughout years 7 and 8 students study a core curriculum consisting of English, mathematics, science, history, geography, religious studies, a modern foreign language (French or Spanish), art, drama, music, technology, PSHE, PE and computing.

Subjects Hours
Mathematics 6
English 6
Science 6
French or Spanish 4
History 4
Geography 4
PE 4
Computing 2
Religious Studies 2
Technology 4
Music 2
Art 2
Drama 2

For most subjects, students are taught in general ability sets. There are 5 sets on the S half (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5) and 4 on the T half (T1, T2, T3, T4).

English is taught in single sex classes. Maths and science are set separately. PE is taught in half year groups. Technology is taught as a roundabout subject involving resistant materials, graphics, textiles and food.

Towards the end of Year 8, students have the opportunity to select up to 5 option subjects as part of their key stage 4 curriculum. They will all continue to study Mathematics, English, Science, Core PE and PSHE.



Students follow a core curriculum of English, maths, science, core PE and iFuture. Students also study 5 other subjects. The timetable is split in to 2 halves called S and T. The most able mathematicians are placed in the S half.  There are 5 sets on each half of the timetable. The more able scientists are able to study the separate sciences of physics, chemistry and biology.

Core Subjects Hours
Mathematics 8
English 8
Science 9
iFuture 2
Core PE 4

Additional subjects include: All GCSE unless stated (4 hours)

Art
Drama
Music
French
Spanish
History
Geography
Media Studies
BTEC Health & Social Care
Resistant Materials
Textiles
Food and Nutrition
PE GCSE

At the end of Year 9 students have the opportunity to choose 4 of their 5 option subjects to continue to study for the rest of KS4.


The New Curriculum


Students follow a core curriculum of English (banded with PSHE), maths, science, core PE and iFuture. Students also study 4 other subjects. The timetable is split in to 2 halves called S and T. The most able mathematicians are placed in the S half. There are 5 sets in each half of the timetable. The more able scientists are able to study the separate sciences of physics, chemistry and biology.

Subjects Hours
Mathematics 8
English Language and Literature 8
Science (Combined or Triple) 9
iFuture 2
Core PE 3

 

Additional subjects include: All GCSE unless stated (5 hours)
Art
Drama
Music
French
Spanish
History
Geography
Media Studies
BTEC Health & Social care
BTEC Construction
Resistant Materials
Graphics
Textiles
Food and Nutrition
PE GCSE

 


The New Curriculum


Students follow a core curriculum of English, maths, science, core PE and iFuture. Students also study 4 other subjects. The timetable is split in to 2 halves called S and T. The most able mathematicians are placed in the S half. There are 5 sets in each half of the timetable.

 

Subjects Hours
Mathematics 8
English Language and Literature 8
Science (Combine or Triple) 9
iFuture 2
Core PE 3

 

Additional subjects include: All GCSE unless stated (5 hours)

Art
Drama
Music
French
Spanish
History
Geography
Media Studies
BTEC Health & Social care
BTEC Construction
Resistant Materials
Graphics
Textiles
Food Technology
Hospitality
Catering
PE GCSE

 


The New Curriculum


If you would like any further information concerning our curriculum offer please contact the curriculum senior leader Mr Evans by telephone (023 80448861) or using this form:

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