Curriculum Overview

Our Intent

The curriculum at The Archbishop’s School is ambitious and inclusive for all.

The School’s Christian principles are built on a foundation stone that enables all to flourish and fulfil their potential through hope, perseverance and compassion.

Leaders provide ambitious opportunities that respond to the needs of young people of all nationalities, denominations and abilities including those who are most vulnerable.

Our intentions are formed from the context of our local communities so that the gaps that may exist on entry have become strengths by the time our students leave us.

The school plans and delivers learning that is carefully arranged to enable our students to grow skills, understanding and knowledge that will empower them to develop the wisdom and courage to take their next steps in life with confidence, dexterity and the empathy to help others who are in need.

Our curriculum is broad, balanced, agile and purposeful.

We are determined to help every student to flourish through the creative curriculum they receive.

Years 7, 8 and 9

Students study Art, Computer Science, English, Food Technology, Spanish, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Drama, PSHE, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Science. 

Students with special educational needs are given support by the Special Needs Department. Students are normally supported in lessons although, where appropriate, they are given a programme of individual support. Some students benefit from a literacy support programme including one-to-one reading and spelling and grammar intervention.

Years 10 and 11

All students follow a core curriculum and then choose additional subjects from a range of possibilities to ensure that breadth and balance is maintained. Core GCSE subjects are:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Double Award Science
  • Religious Studies

All students have the opportunity to study at least one of either History, Geography or Spanish to GCSE.

Students can also study up to four further GCSE courses or equivalent from the following list of courses: Art and Design, Performing Arts, Enterprise, Geography, History, Digital IT, Sport, Travel & Tourism, Photography, Hospitality and Catering, Spanish and Health and Social Care. 

Sixth Form

In year 12, students study 3 or 4 A level courses or the equivalent from a very broad range of subjects, as follows:

  • Art and Design A Level
  • Biology A Level
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business
  • Chemistry A Level
  • Criminology Diploma
  • English Literature A Level
  • Film Studies A Level
  • Geography A Level
  • History A Level
  • Photography A Level
  • Psychology A Level
  • Spanish A Level
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate and BTEC National Diploma in Sport

There is a strong emphasis upon students complementing these with an Extended Project qualification. These subjects are taught over five lessons of fifty minutes a week (per subject). 

Students who have not yet secured the grade 4 threshold in either Mathematics or English Language will be required to undertake GCSE courses in these subjects as a priority in the Sixth Form.

For further information about our curriculum please contact Mr G Gleadall ggleadall@archbishops.kent.sch.uk or Mr R Clarke rclarke@archbishops.kent.sch.uk

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