Our School aims to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum in order to promote academic excellence, develop the potential of the individual and widen their opportunities for further education and employment.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, and 9)

At KS3  students study a comprehensive range of subjects. The National Curriculum core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and the foundation subjects are taught together with Religious Education. You can read about each year group’s termly curriculum here:

For more information about KS3 curriculum, contact: z.barnes@dbmac.org.uk

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

At KS4 students are required to study the following GCSE subjects: English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science (either Double Award or Separate Sciences), Religious Education, and Core PE. They choose their other GCSE subjects at the end of Year 9 following a GCSE options evening.

The majority of students must choose at least one humanities subject or a language at KS4.

Some students are invited to join the Foundation Learning programme designed to improve their
progression to suitable vocational courses or employment with training when they leave school at 16.
Others have support lessons designed to improve their key skills and maximize their progress in GCSE
subjects, especially English and Mathematics.

Read a guide to Curriculum Reform and changes to GCSE grading.

Key Stage 4 Subjects

(Please note that choices are subject to change from year to  year.)

Required Choices
English Literature
English Language
Maths
Science (either Double Award or Separate)
Religious Education
Core PE
Art and Design
Business Studies (BTEC)
Childcare
Design and Technology
Food Technology
French
Geography
German
History
ICT
Materials Technology
Media Studies
Sport (BTEC)

For more information about KS4 curriculm, contact: pa.wileman@dbmac.org.uk

Key Stage 5/Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)

For information on KS5 curriculum, please see the Sixth Form Curriculum page.

Curriculum by Subject

Here are some subjects’ curriculum explained further:

English KS3 KS4

Geography KS3 KS4

History

Music

RE KS3 KS4