Key Stage 3

We offer all of the statutory subjects of the national curriculum at KS3. All pupils will start Spanish in Year 7 and more able pupils will commence a second foreign language in Year 8. In order to consolidate maximum progress in English and mathematics, all year groups have four hours of each subject on a weekly basis. There is also additional time provided to science in Years 7 and 8.

Key stage 3 students consist of Year 7, 8 and 9 students who study a range of core subjects across the curriculum.

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Key Stage 4

All students follow a core curriculum and a number of optional subjects. The core curriculum involves English, mathematics, science, PE, RE and PHSE. Pupils additionally follow one of two routes which contain ‘Optional’ subjects. In ‘Route 1’ students will study a range of traditional academic GCSE subjects which must include MFL and a humanities subject. In ‘Route 2’ the students will study a mix of traditional GCSE subjects including humanities alongside a choice of several high quality vocational courses.

Key stage 4 students consist of Year 10 and 11 students who study a range of core subjects as well as chosen GCSE and vocational option subjects across the curriculum.

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Key Stage 5

Students are able to choose from a number of high quality A level subjects and relevant vocational subjects. Year 11 students are interviewed individually by a member of the Senior Leadership Team during the Spring Term in order to discuss their options at Post 16, including continuing at St Wilfrid’s, apprenticeships or attending other FE institutions.

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To find out more about the school curriculum, please contact the school on 0191 456 9121 or email 

Work Experience

Every student in Year 10 has the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement. This will be available in July during the last week of the academic year. Whilst a number of students make their own workplace arrangements, every effort will be made, with the help of Futureworks, to make student requirements with available placements in the local area.