Curriculum Overview

Curriculum 2017 - 2018

We want students to value their education; to be inspired to develop their potential and look beyond their own horizons to succeed in today’s ever changing world. Our curriculum therefore is one which continually evolves, combining a commitment to the demands of academic rigour whilst embracing students’ personal development.


The timetable operates over one week (5 days total) and has 5x1-hour periods of subject lesson time each day. School starts at 8:55am and finishes at 3:05pm. Form time starts at 8:55am and lasts 15 minutes.

Form time follows a programme of activities including assemblies and also work on British Values and SMSC

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

From the moment students arrive at Southlands High School they are considered as GCSE students and therefore our Key Stage 3 the curriculum, whilst broad and balanced quickly builds upon their primary education to prepare themselves for KS4 choices. Students study a range of subjects including English, Maths and Science. Beyond this core, Geography, Historyand Religious Studies are taught as separate humanities to all students. Drama, Art and Music make up the creative component of the curriculum. French or Spanish are the modern foreign languages offered to our KS3 students. Technology is taught through 1 period per week of Workshop (electronics, resistant materials, systems and control and graphical products) and another Technology period which is allocated to Food Technology and Textiles. Finally, we offer computing and PE throughout the Key Stage. All in all, this ensures students have an inclusive curriculum which prepares them for life in modern Britain.

Year 7 8 9 10 11
English 3 4 4 4 4
Maths 3 3 3 4 4
Science 3 3 3 4 4
PE 2 2 2 1 1
Option1 - - - 3 3
Option2 - - - 3 3
Option3 - - - 3 3
Option4 - - - 3 3
Art 1 1 1 - -
Drama 1 1 - - -
Geography 2 2 2 - -
History 2 2 2 - -
Religious Studies 1 1 1 - -
MFL – French or Spanish 2 2 2 - -
Music 1 - 1 - -
Computing 2 2 2 - -
Technology 2 2 2 - -
Total 25 25 25 25 25

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In Key Stage 4 students follow a core of GCSE English and GCSE Maths and Physical Education and then a series of options including a pathway in Science (either combined science or separate sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  Maths and English start GCSE specification work in Year 9 and Science use year 9 time todevelopthe fundamental skills for Science which students will need when they select either separate or combined Science.

All students must select either Geography or History as option 1, then they can choose freely from a wide range of options after a great deal of personalised support and guidance from their form tutors; teaching staff and our CEIAG team.  This means that every student completes their time at the school with a personalised programme of study tailored to their own strengths and interests.

Our options process and information will be published soon.

Throughout our curriculum personal, social and health education components such as:- Careers education,  Citizenship, Drugs education, Safety, Sex & Relationships Education, Social skills, Study skills, Substance abuse are covered .  Subject content is age appropriate.

Sex & Relationships Education?

The teaching of human growth and reproduction is taught in science in accordance with the National Curriculum. Sex & Relationship Education in covered in humanities and is considered within moral and family contexts. The learning process needs a strong partnership between school and home. Parents will be kept informed of the Sex & Relationships Education programme and may exercise their right to withdraw their child.

ICT Cross-Curricular Resources for Learning:

  • All Students and Staff have a password protected user-account to store their work
  • All Teaching staff & Students have access to a site-wide secure wireless network
  • 6 IT Suites located around the school and 9 Computer Clusters
  • Modern PCs all with LCD flat screen monitors running Windows 7 and modern office software as well as an extensive range of other programs.
  • Many of the ICT suites and classrooms are equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard and every classroom in the school has a TV/Projector.
  • Monitored and filtered email and internet access, monochrome and colour printing facilities.
  • Many opportunities to use ICT in many subject areas and also in students’ own time. Students have the opportunity to visit computer clubs run by the ICT department, as well as using PC clusters in the Learning Resource Areas.
  • The school's student portal allows students to access lesson materials from any internet-connected PC and is currently being used by many subjects.
  •  Many peripheral systems are in place including digital scanners and cameras.
  • Many interactive learning resources.

ICT used within the School:

  • All teaching staff have PC’s that are used for classroom, student administration and teaching.
  • Modern Network infrastructure with provision for future-proofing.
  • Electronic communication systems used as the primary communication method within the school.
  • SIMS (Management Information System) used by all staff within school to access student's attendance, assessment and incidents.

How is ICT monitored and developed across the School:

  • IT Requirements are documented using an online portal, resolving daily issues and long term strategy and development requests.
  • Regular development meetings are conducted involving the Head-Teacher, School Manager, Finance Manager and IT Manager to effectively plan and develop IT strategies.
  • The schools ICT replacement schedule runs over a 5 year cycle which should be budgeted for and submitted annually to the School Business Manager.
  • All on-line activity is monitored to ensure effective and safe use of ICT.
  • Class Charts is available for parents to access information about their child.

SMSC across the Curriculum

A thoughtful and wide range of promotion of SMSC across the curriculum and through pastoral system.

SMSC is mapped across the curriculum and evident in all schemes of learning at opportune times to enhance the learning and personal development of students. See subject specific - Schemes of Learning.