All year groups follow the current curriculum for the GCSE 1-9. With planning backwards from year 11, students get the training to acquire the skills, content and knowledge needed to be successful at GCSE.
In year 7, they will start by learning the basic opinions and reasons and will quickly move on to developing sentences to write more extended pieces of writing in line with the foundation GCSE writing paper. Topics studied include: describing yourself, use of technology, leisure activities, holiday plans and life at school. By the end of Y7, they should be able to express opinions with reasons and use the near future tense in a variety of topics.
In year 8, students will continue to develop their GCSE skills in more depth. They will be required to describe photos, write longer paragraphs on four bullet points and develop their conversational skills. Topics studied include: describing time with family and friends, taste in tv and music, describing their local area, holiday preferences and discussing plans for future education. By the end of Y8, they should be able to express themselves using past, present and future at a basic level.
In year 9, they will start their GCSE course to be carried through to Y11. There are three themes covered: theme 1: identity and culture, theme 2: local, national, international and global areas of interest, theme 3: current and future study and employment.
The GCSE course has 4 papers, each worth 25% of the final grade: listening, speaking, reading and writing. All exams will be sat at the end of the course with no materials to support in the exam but their own knowledge.