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Our Curriculum

The curriculum of the school is designed in order to provide all students with a broad, balanced education relevant to their needs both now and in the future. The school operates a weekly timetable based upon 25 hours of lessons per week.

Key Stage 3

Subjects Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Mathematics 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Science 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
History 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Geography 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
RE 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour
MFL (French / German) 2 or 4 hours* 2 or 4 hours* 2 hours**
Physical Education 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Art 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour
Design and Technology 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
ICT 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour
Music 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour
Drama 1 hour

*Depending on numeracy or literacy intervention.

**At Philips High School most pupils will choose to continue learning either French or German at the end of year 8; they will continue to study this language at key stage 4 as a GCSE option.

Key Stage 4  – All students study:

Subject Qualification
English Language GCSE (2 certificates)
Science GCSE (2 or 3 certificates)
Mathematics GCSE (1 certificate)
Physical Education None
Religious Studies None
Lifeskills PSHE None

These subjects take up approximately 3/5 of the periods in the week. The remainder are given over to the options subjects.

Option Subjects

Full details of these can be found in the Options booklet.

*Click here for our Options Booklet.

If you would like to find out more information about the curriculum, please feel free
to contact the school on 0161 351 2200.

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