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Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 7 to 9 follow a curriculum which incorporates the best features of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. Pupils are provided with opportunities for learning which will prepare them to cope with the rigour of GCSE study at the highest level.

Farringtons has a long commitment to excellence and opportunity in education. The curriculum reflects this, providing a wide range of both traditional and modern courses of study from which to make the final GCSE level choices. During the first three years in the Senior School, the emphasis is placed on sound preparation in basic academic skills. In Year 9, thorough advice on appropriate GCSE options is also provided which includes careers education.

Each Year Group is divided into three or four Forms, with an average of 20 pupils in each Form. Pupils are placed in ability sets in subjects where this enhances achievement; these include Mathematics, English and Modern Foreign Languages.

Pupils study the National Curriculum core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, plus Religious Studies and a Modern Foreign Language. They will also study History, Geography, PE, Information Technology, Art & Ceramics, Graphics, Design Technology, Music, Drama, Business Studies, Food Technology and Textiles, all of which may be followed to GCSE level. All pupils will study Spanish and choose also to study French or German in Year 7.

A structured Personal and Social Education course is also delivered by school staff aided by visiting speakers. Well-being introduces and discusses key moral, ethical and social issues at appropriate times in the pupils’ lives. It aims to foster a greater understanding of today’s society and assist pupils in taking responsibility for their own and others’ well-being.

Enthusiastic commitment to sport, music and drama is also encouraged since all of these subjects build confidence and develop the team working skills so essential to life beyond school.