The Curriculum at Trinity
At all Key Stages we aim to provide students with a broad and balanced experience of learning in key subjects. The curriculum is reviewed at least annually to ensure it meets national expectations, particularly in the light of recent changes to GCSE and A-level, but also to ensure that its content is adapted so that it best meets the needs of all our students.
The following information is based on a 25 period week, 1 hour per period. For website only: Further information about the content for each subject at each key stage can be found here.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
The curriculum in years 7 and 8 was re-launched in September 2016 to provide a strong bridge between the new Key Stage 2 curriculum in primary schools and the new GCSE courses, which students now begin in year 9. In Years 7 and 8 there is a focus on developing skills as well as knowledge, and content which focuses on resilience, independence, communication skills and an understanding of the UNICEF Rights and Responsibilities statements features in all schemes of work.
The same lesson pattern is followed in both years
|English, Maths, Science, MFL and Humanities||3 periods each|
|Design Technology and PE||2 periods each|
|Art, Dance, Drama, Music, IT and RS||1 period each|
PSHE is delivered through daily tutorial times, but also through three PSHE Days – one each term - when the timetable is collapsed and students instead follow a range of PSHE-themed activities, led by their tutors and by external speakers.
In both years the MFL periods include the opportunity to study both French and German for our most capable linguists. A small number of students receive additional literacy and numeracy support instead of studying a foreign language. Students in the ACE provision are also provided with extra time to work on their literacy skills during MFL lessons and (in Year 7 only) humanities lessons.
Key Stage 4
Students have the following lessons in years 9, 10 and 11, in most cases leading to the achievement of eleven full GCSEs:
English (2 GCSEs - Language and Literature)
Maths, Science (Triple Science for most able)
|4 periods each|
Four option choices
|2 periods each|
|PE (Core)||2 periods|
|RS and Citizenship (Leading to full GCSE Awards)||3 periods in total|
All students study at least one of Geography, History, French/German or Computer Science within their option choices. Additional subjects offered include Art, Business Studies, Catering/Hospitality, Childcare, Dance, Design Technology, Drama, Music, PE, Photography, and BTEC Work Skills. Further details can be found in the GCSE Options booklet.
As in KS3, PSHE is delivered through daily tutorial times, but also through three PSHE Days – one each term - when the timetable is collapsed and students instead follow a range of PSHE-themed activities, led by their tutors and by external speakers.
Students are offered a free choice from 25 A-level and BTEC Level 3 courses. Students are carefully guided to choose courses which they will enjoy and succeed in. Full details can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus.
Courses are taught for 4 periods each week. Most students study four subjects in Year 12, though a small number take five or three if appropriate. Students in Year 13 study at least three subjects. Students’ timetables reflect the expectation that they will study further when not in taught lessons.
Students in the Sixth Form have a weekly PSHE lesson which covers on a wide range of issues but, in particular, provides the opportunity to focus on their future plans for study at university or preparing for apprenticeships or the world of work. Sixth Form students also benefit from two of the PSHE days that are run across the school; one of these specifically includes interview practice, led by external visitors from universities and businesses.