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Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7-9

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 opportunities 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 learner's 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 Theology course offers opportunities to learners to understand world religions and all three subjects help students to manage their social and moral responsibility as twenty first century citizens.


We place a high value on the development of linguistic skills at The Hessle Academy. Whilst over 50% of students at KS4 continue with a Modern Foreign language at GCSE, the basis of success begins in Year 7. Students follow either a French or Spanish programme of study throughout their time and these courses cover a whole suite of topics and themes, enabling students to not only learn the language, but also experience the culture. The key to our success is to foster a love of learning and create confident linguists!

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 are able to further develop their skills through our Performing Arts curriculum. The development ranges from building confidence, public speaking and understanding inter personal relationships all of which 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 Performing Arts.


Students will be able to understand and apply an iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes, challenging themselves innovatively to respond to needs, problems and opportunities throughout a range of technology disciplines. Not only are students provided with the opportunity to work creatively in a range of subject specialisms when designing and making, but they are able to develop an ability to apply technical and practical expertise, aim for success, be resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens, prepared for their next journey whether this be to continue on at GCSE and A Level or apply the above to other future paths.

Business and ICT

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is broad and balanced, covering a range of IT, Computing and Business concepts. This includes exploring computing programming skills, using these skills to write programs to solve problems. Alongside this students will also use a range of software to create designs and model situations. Students will also explore the importance of IT in society and the wider business world, exploring how the development in technology has improved communication, networking and decision making. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum provides students with a grounding to allow them to opt to study, Computer Science, IT or Business at Key Stage 4 and beyond.


Our Key Stage 3 Physical Education journey allows students to explore the opportunity to express themselves in a practical environment, whether this be through a team sport such as football or netball or an individual activity like trampolining or gymnastics. We aim to ensure that all our students enjoy their Physical Education lessons and demonstrate some key skills such as teamwork, effective communication, fair play and respect. We want all students to achieve their maximum potential and provide them with the opportunity to do this through a wide range of activities offered both in lessons and as extra-curricular activities.


Reading is central to our ethos for success at Hessle High School. Students in KS3 benefit from access to our well-stocked Reading Room (including class visits) and special events throughout the year to highlight the importance and joy of reading. All KS3 English lessons begin with our '10 Minute Read', and we have designated 'Reading for Pleasure' lessons to sustain the enjoyment of shared reading and discussion learned throughout Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

* 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.