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|
*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:
|English Language||GCSE (2 certificates)|
|Science||GCSE (2 or 3 certificates)|
|Mathematics||GCSE (1 certificate)|
These subjects take up approximately 3/5 of the periods in the week. The remainder are given over to the options subjects.
Full details of these can be found in the Options booklet.