Curriculum Implementation

Our lessons are timetabled within a 50 period fortnight.  Each day begins with a 30-minute Personal Development lesson which includes a weekly assembly.  Students enjoy their learning and we see this evidenced within classrooms and during extra-curricular activities.

Our curriculum remains as broad and balanced as possible for Years 7, 8 and 9 but is narrowed in Year 10 to allow students to specialise in chosen subject areas.  The guided choice process starts in the Spring Term of Year 9 ready for the following September.

All leaders take responsibility for their subject curriculum intent and implementation and constantly monitor to ensure that high standards of engagement and learning are maintained.

Every student at Hedingham School studies a broad and balanced curriculum. It is our belief that students should be offered the opportunity to study a wide variety of subjects for as long as possible before narrowing their studies and selecting optional subjects for GCSE's.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 & 9)
At Hedingham School, students follow a 3-year Key Stage 3 program across Year 7, 8 & 9. In Year 9 students then carry out the 'Guided Choices' process narrowing their subject studies into Year 10 and Year 11.

In Key Stage 3, students' timetables are constructed as follows:

Subject  Hours on Timetable
Maths  7
English  7
Science   6
Design & Technology  4
French   4
PE   4
History   4
Geography   4
Art   3
RE   2
Computer Science & ICT   2

Performing Arts

(Dance/Drama/Music rotation) 


Please note: In Year 9, students study 1 less hour of Design Technology and study 1 more hour of English.

Please use the navigation bar to learn more about the specific subject areas students study in Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & 11)
In Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and Year 11), students will study a wide range of Level 2 courses (GCSE's, BTEC's, Cambridge Nationals etc.). All students study a core set of subjects and a selection of subjects which they have opted to study during the Guided Choice process in Year 9.

Students timetable are constructed as follows:

Subject  Hours on Timetable
English Language & English Literature  8
Maths  8
Combined Science   9
History or Geography   5
Sport or Dance   5
Option A   5
Option B   5
Option C   5


Students who choose to study Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) use one of their options choices, this means they have an additional 5 hours of Science on their timetable.

Students can opt to study dual humanities (both History and Geography) and this again, uses up one of their options choices.

Please use the navigation bar on the right-hand side to learn more about each of the subject areas students are studying across Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 & 13)
For information about our Key Stage 5 curriculum, please visit the Sixth Form section of our website.

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