Principal: Catherine Lennon MA NPQH

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Curriculum at Brigshaw

You will find a brief overview of the curriculum below. For further information, please contact Mr Simon Brass, Assistant Principal.

Year 7 ‘Establishment’

Subjects are grouped together in blocks of time and rotational arrangements used to reduce the number of teachers, with the emphasis being on ‘students being better known’. 


English 4 hours per week
Mathematics       4 hours per week
Science     3 hours per week
Languages      3 hours per week
Technology, including ICT 2 hours per week
PE 2 hours per week
Humanities - Geography & History 3 hours per week
Religious Studies 1 hour per week
Creative Arts - Art, Drama, Music, Dance  3 hours per week
Guidance / PHSCE 6 "drop-down" days

Geography and History, and separately Art, Drama, Music and Dance, rotate every 10 weeks throughout the year.

Year 8 ‘Entitlement’

After the rotational arrangements in Year 7, the emphasis in Year 8 is on ‘entitlement and access’ to all subjects throughout the year. 

English    4 hours per week
Mathematics   4 hours per week
Science    3 hours per week
Languages  2 hours per week
Technology  2 hours per week
ICT   1 hour per week
PE  2 hours per week
Geography & History   3 hours per fortnight in each throughout the year
Art, Drama, Music & RS  1 hour per week in each throughout the year
Guidance / PHSCE  6 "drop-down" days

Year 9 ’Growing Passions’

Students begin choosing subjects they wish to explore in more depth, but a broad and balanced curriculum is maintained by at least one Creative Arts and one Humanities subjects being chosen.  In addition, subjects are able to choose which Technology discipline they would like to specialise in. 

English    4 hours per week
Mathematics   4 hours per week
Science    3 hours per week
Languages  2 hours per week
Technology    2 hours per week
ICT  1 hour per week
Religious Studies  1 hour per week
PE  2 hours per week
Geography or History   2 hours per week
Art, Drama, Music or Performance  2 hours per week
3rd Foundation subject from above   2 hours per week
Guidance / PHSCE   6 "drop-down" days


Years 10 & 11 ’Specialising’

Click this link to see a list of subjects that students are able to study at GCSE or equivalent. 

Alongside a strong core of English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Geography or History and (for most students) a modern foreign language, students can then choose three other subjects they are passionate about. Guided by a ‘pathways process’, this ensures that each student is undertaking a programme of study with assessment arrangements that will allow them to best fulfill their potential.

English   4 hours per week
Mathematics   4 hours per week
Science 5 hours per week
Languages   5 hours per fortnight
Geography or History  5 hours per fortnight
PE   1 hour per week
Religious Studies  1 hour per week in Year 10
Optional subjects   5 hours per fortnight
Guidance / PHSCE   6 "drop-down" days

Optional subjects offered for 2015/2016 include GCSE Art, Business, Computer Science, Drama, Food & Nutrition, Media, Music, PE and Resistant Materials as well as Level 2 vocational courses (mainly BTEC) in Business, Health & Social Care, ICT and VCert Music


Years 12 & 13 ‘Becoming Expert’

Working together with Temple Moor, we offer our Post 16 students a range of over 30 different Level 3 courses, mostly AS and A2, but complemented by a number of vocational courses in a number of disciplines.

Find out about our Post 16 offer.

Courses being studied in 2015/16 include AS/A Levels in 

In addition, there are Level 3 vocational courses (mainly BTEC) in

The Sixth Form timetable is organised into 6 option blocks, each allocated 8 or 9 hours per fortnight in Year 12 and 8 hours per fortnight in Year 13.  In addition, every student has regular contact with their tutor and participates in a weekly Guidance/Enrichment programme. Further enrichment and challenge is provided through Extended Project courses.

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