At Iveshead we aim to to serve the needs of all of our students by creating and delivering a curriculum that is broad, balanced and coherent.  Our aim is to nurture and develop our young people into becoming well educated and well rounded young adults that fulfill their potential and are ready to make their contribution to society.

The Iveshead School curriculum is both comprehensive and balanced.  It fulfils the requirements of a secondary school curriculum whilst being adapted to meet the needs of our learners.  All students follow the same curriculum in Year 7 and Year 8 but do get an element of choice as they move into Key Stage 4 in Year 9. Learners are then guided into appropriate further study with many choosing to stay on into the Iveshead Post 16 and follow a Key Stage 5 curriculum.

Our School curriculum statement is available to view here.

In year 7 and 8 the majority of students will study the subject in the table below. 

Time allocation for subjects in KS3 (hours)

Subject Y7 Y8
English 4 4
Mathematics 4 4
Science 3 3
History 1 1
Geography 1 1
Beliefs, Philosophy and Ethics (BPE) 1 1
French 3 3
German 0 1.5
Computing 1 1.5
Art, Design and food 3 3
PE 2 2
Music 1 1
Drama 1 1


Year 7 students all have the opportunity to complete the .b Mindfulness course.  Further information on this can be found here.

In year 7 we offer an accelerated progress group. The aim of the group is support the transition to secondary school for those who are not academically or socially ready for a full secondary curriculum. Members of this group will be taught the majority of their subjects by one teacher but will still have specialist lessons in Art, Design, French, Food and Music.

At Iveshead we offer a three year Key Stage 4. This is to allow students to study a wider range of subjects at GCSE. Student will continue to study English, Mathematics, Science, BPE and PE and will be able to choose four other subjects.

Time allocation for subjects in KS4 (hours)

Subject Y9 Y10 Y11
English (Language & Literature) 4 4 4
Mathematics 4 4 4
Science- triple or triology 5 5.5 5.5
Beliefs, Philosophy and Ethics (BPE) 1 0.5 0.5
PE 1 1 1
Geography or History 3 3 3
French or German 3 3 3
Option 1 2 2 2
Option 2 2 2 2


Student who are unable to access the full curriculum can gain additional support and qualification through our alternative provision.

The options on offer to students, which will run subject to demand,  include Art, Craft & Design, Business, Computing, Drama, Fine Art, Food & Nutrition, ICT, Media, Music,  Psychology, Sport. Further information about the content of these course can be found in the GCSE Option booklet or on the subject page.

In Key Stage 5 the majority of student will study three linear A-levels and either the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths. The options on offer to student, which will run subject to demand, include Applied Science, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computing, Design, English Language/ Literature, English Literature, Fine Art, French, Further Mathematics Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Media, Physics,  Psychology, Sport, Theatre Studies and Visual Media. Further information about the content of these course can be found in the GCSE Option booklet or on the subject page.

Alongside these qualifications, student who have not yet achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Mathematics will resit GCSE English and/or GCSE Mathematics.

Students in all year groups will take part in breakout days during the year. These days cover different aspects of the curriculum including Creativity & Culture, Enterprise, Careers, Raising Aspirations, Healthy Lifestyles and Revision Skills.


Subjects are delivered through our 5 faculties, click on the links below for a detailed breakdown of what is taught in each subject and each year group:







For further information about the curriculum, please contact Dr Chisholm at