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Bradon Forest School

Bradon Forest School

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Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum focuses on ensuring our students leave our school as high qualified and mature young adults able to contribute to society. To fulfil this aim we offer students a variety of learning opportunities within and beyond the classroom.  These recognise and celebrate the fact that every individual is unique and has different strengths.

Teaching and Learning are central to our curriculum and school. Visitors will find young people investigating, exploring, discussing, debating, recording, filming, planning, drafting and presenting. Teachers use the good behaviour at the school as a basis for challenging all students to learn the wide range of subjects on offer.

Curriculum Overview 2016/2017 click here.

On entry to Bradon Forest our broad curriculum enables students to explore a range of skills and activities developing expertise ready for further education and future employment. Following the National Curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a range of courses including English, Maths, Science, PE, Music, Design Technology, Art, History, Geography, Textiles, RS and Drama. In addition all our students have the opportunity to study two languages – French and German. 

In the spring of Year 9 students decide upon their options for Years 10 and 11. All students take a core set of subjects accounting for 60% of the timetable. This core includes English, Mathematics, Science, Citizenship, RS and PE. Over 50% of our students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as individual GCSEs.  Alongside the core offer, students can chose a range of options. The majority of our students select to study History or Geography and either French or German (or both), this particular combination of options mean that students are set up to achieve Progress 8 and the English Baccalaureate (EBACC) at the end of Year 11.

Other options include Art (2D and 3D), Business Studies, Food, Computing, Product Design, Graphics, ICT, Dance, PE, Resistant Materials, Textiles, Drama, Music, Media. Maths and English GCSEs will make the transition to the 'new style' linear GCSE as of September 2015. These new qualifications have been reviewed in terms of content and assessment by the Government, will be graded 9-1 (rather than A* - G) and will generally have less, or in most cases, no coursework. The subjects that this applies to have been highlighted in the information booklet. Most other subjects are due to move to similarly graded new courses from 2016.


Rather than perceiving the curriculum to be divided between Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 we see Years 7-11 as a continuum that helps students progress to adulthood, further education and employment. In the core subjects of Maths, English and Science students will begin learning material to support their GCSEs in Year 9 and sometimes earlier. To this end we have already changed our assessment system in Years 7, 8 and 9 to reflect the new GCSE grades 9-1. In this way our young people, staff, parents and carers can chart our students’ progress throughout their time at the school understanding the skills and expertise needed for academic success.

While the curriculum and developing timetable have been vital in improving examination results our students do far more than simply focus on academic success. Our enrichment programme includes a range of on and off site opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. These help foster and develop the superb young people visitors, colleges and employers tell us make Bradon Forest students unique.

Here is our school day:  


08.45 - 09.05


09.05 - 10.05


10.05 - 11.05


11.05 - 11.30


11.30 - 12.30


12.30 - 13.30


13.30 - 14.25


14.25 - 15.25



 Background information on the National Curriculum can be viewed here.