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curriculum information for parents



Year 7 - On joining the school, students are placed into four tutor groups.  Students are ability set in Maths, English and Sciences and to a more limited extent for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).  Humanities subjects, Art, Music, Drama, Computing, and Religious Studies are taught in mixed ability form groups.  Technology and Food Technology are taught in a carousel.  In additional, physical education and PSHE are delivered to all students. 

During the Spring Term students will select their MFL language option from French, German and Spanish.  They will continue with this until their GCSE examination are the end of Year 11.

Year 8 - We have a similar arrangement to Year 7.  Only the MFL language is studied y all students.

Year 9 - The curriculum is delivered using the same model as in Year 8.


Year 10 and 11 - Students are taught in ability sets for English, Maths and to a certain extent in MFL.  Students in Science undertake either GCSEs in all three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) if they are in set 1 or Dual Award (worth two GCSE's) if they are in sets 2-6.

Each Student must continue  with the compulsory core curriculum:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • One MFL subject
  • Physical Education
  • PSHE
  • The GCSE Short Course in Religious Studies in Year 10

In additional to these, students will select three further option subjects.  Their choices will reflect their preferred approach as well as academic or skills based ability.  We offer a range of qualifications to suit a variety of learning needs.  Guidance is provided to students as to the most appropriate pathway.

Further information on all subjects taught in Year 10 and 11 an be gained by clicking on the Key Stage 4 Options and Academic Guide.

The English Baccalaureate - Students have the opportunity to study the subjects at KS4 which will allow them to achieve the English Baccalaureate: A GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language, Computing, History or Geography, as well as the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science.


Students in the Sixth Form undertake four AS Level subjects in Year 12 reducing to three in Year 13.

Currently, all students take AS Level examinations at the end of Year 12 and then      A Levels at the end of Year 13.  However, this is being reformed for 2020-21.

In addition, students undertake a PSHE course entitled 'Open Study' which prepares them well for the life outside of Gordon's.

Students also undertake sport on a weekly basis which is part of our Health Body, Healthy Mind strategy.

All lessons are taught in mixed ability groups.

Year 9 options evening - January 2019
parents' information evenings - September 2019
Parents' consultation Evenings 2019-20





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Year 10

Year 7






Tuesday 26th November 2019

Wednesday 15th January 2020

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Thursday 6th February 2020

Wednesday 26th February 2020

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Thursday 30th April 2020


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