Tottington High school is committed to a curriculum that:

  • Supports pupils to achieve their full potential and to become well rounded, caring individuals, with the skills, attributes, qualifications and experiences to prepare them for their and our futures
  • Supports pupils to become successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Supports pupils to become successful learners who are resilient, reflective and respectful

At Tottington High School all students study a full range of subjects, which provide an essential basis from which to make their choice in later years.

The subjects studied offer a wide and varied experience of skills and content. Some of these subjects will be new, while others are a continuation of areas already studied in the Primary Schools.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students follow a broad and balanced curriculum, choosing during year nine some of the subjects they wish to specialise in for their GCSEs and other relevant courses in years 10 and 11.

Subjects covered include: Art, Technology, English, French or German, Geography, Computing, History, Mathematics, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Religious Education, Personal Development and Science.

The course in Technology involves elements of Resistant Materials, Graphics, Textiles, and Food Technology which enables all students to sample a full range of problem-solving and design activities.

More information for each of the different subjects can be found on the individual subject pages.

Relationship and Sex Education, is covered in Personal development and as part of the tutor program and sex education with particular reference to the physical and biological changes associated with adolescence, is given in years 7 and 8, as part of the Science courses. Information, advice and guidance regarding careers is covered in Personal Development.

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) students are placed in sets within different subject areas.

Homework is set throughout the school in accordance with School Policy, students should expect homework once a week from their core subjects.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, all students follow a programme of compulsory and optional subjects.

The compulsory subjects are; English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science, the separate Sciences are also available for students to choose. In addition students study a curricular programme called Personal Development which includes Relationship and Sex Education, British Values and careers education.

During Year 9, students choose additional examined subjects from a range of options which they will begin studying at Key Stage 4 in year 10. Most students take eight subjects at Level 2 which includes GCSEs BTecs and OCR National Qualifications.

Making the right choice of courses in Key Stage 4 is important and when the time comes, parents receive a detailed brochure on these options – an online version is available here; and an option evening is arranged so that parents are fully informed of the option choices.

Year 9 students also take part in an Options day to help them choose their options, this day includes visits from the Colleges and Apprenticeship providers.

For curriculum enquiries, please contact:

Miss R Dawson - Senior Assistant Headteacher

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