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Hessle High School

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7-8

At Hessle High School & Sixth Form College we believe that an effective curriculum should build on the skills and knowledge acquired throughout prior learning at Primary school. We work closely with our primary schools to ensure that duplication of knowledge is limited and progression is accelerated.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced and provides an opportunity for learners to develop specialist skills and develop an awareness of the very varied learning oportunities there are available to them.

Using specialist, state of the art resources and a staff work force who are highly skilled with an exceptional subject knowledge we are able to provide a curriculum where learners thrive.

Though this document will give a brief summary, nothing replaces seeing learning in action. If you would like to visit us during the course of the taught day, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Students will study:


All students will study a core curriculum of Maths, English and Science. The curriculum time dedicated to these areas of study reflect the key contribution to all other aspects of learning. A variety of themes are studied and schemes of learning provide a varied range of activities to ensure that learning is accessible to all and challenging from an individual learners starting point.


This suite of subjects covers a broad spectrum focused on enabling students to develop a deep understanding and appreciation of the varied cultures, religions, environments around us and events that shaped life in modern Britain and our global partners today. In addition to an engaging Geography and History curriculum our LIFE course offers opportunity to learners to learn about personal risk and how to manage that as well as their social and moral responsibility as twenty first century citizens.


We place a high value on the development of linguistic skills at Hessle High School. Whilst 50% of students at KS4 continue with a modern foreign language the basis of success begins in Year 7. Baseline assessments are conducted to establish each individual learner's prior knowledge of foreign language learning. Course available include French, German and Spanish.

NB Students following the nuture programme do not follow a modern language course.

Creative and Performing Arts*

Talented students are able to further develop their skills through our creative arts curriculum. The skills in confidence, public speaking and understanding inter personal relationships are key skills for all learners. Our Drama and Music curriculum is accessible for all learners who enjoy the opportunity to express themselves through the medium of creative arts.

Art and Design*

Students will be able to use their creative talents (and develop new ones) to produce amazing pieces of art, design and sculpture. Our staff are highly accomplished artists themselves and are keen to ensure students have access to a range of both traditional and modern resources, photography equipment for example, to develop a piece that is a unique as they are.


Through a rotational curriculum, students enjoy the experience of a range of technology disciplines whilst in their initial developmental stage. Food technology, graphics, resistant materials and textiles support learner's skill development with exciting projects and a hands on teaching approach!

Business and ICT

Business and ICT are highly relevant and fast moving areas of study. The Business and ICT course is constantly evolving to reflect this and now incorporates a significant element of computer programming as well as an understanding and skill development for the use of applications.


All students participate in physical education to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. The programme focuses on healthy mind, positive attitude and a healthy body. The sport programme is accessible to all thanks to our School Sports Community Officer who is committed to Sport for All.


All learners in Year 7 and 8 will receive an opportunity to develop their confidence and skill in reading during their lesson each week. A range of books (recommended by students) and a range of resources - kindle readers, books, ipads - provide an appropriate stimulus for learners to engage with and improve their reading.

Nuture Programme

For learners who perhaps need a little extra support to develop the initial skills gained at primary school. Our nuture programme delivers an intensive support programme for individual students to ensure their progress is accelerated.

* Students will express an initial pathway course selection at the end of Year 8. Though the majority of these decisions will be reviewed mid-point in Year 9, every student will begin a GCSE course in one of their chosen options (as determined by the school) at the start of Year 9.

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