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Our Curriculum Overview

2018-19 Our Curriculum Overview

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.
Subjects Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 4 hours 3 hours 4 hours
Mathematics 4 hours 3 hours 4 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
French 2 hours* 2 hours* 2 hours*
Physical Education 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Computing , Design and Technology 3 hours 4 hours 3 hours
Art 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour**
Drama 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour**
Music 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour**

Key Stage 3

*At Philips High School most pupils will study French at KS3 and most will continue to learn French at key stage 4 as a GCSE option.

**Pupils will choose two out of the three subjects (Art, Drama and Music) to study in year 9.

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.

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