Our Curriculum

We work very hard to ensure that every student acquires the knowledge and skills required to be successful in a competitive world. We are proud of the successes of our students both within and beyond the classroom, and the school curriculum provides them with an outstanding educational experience, enabling them to Aspire and Achieve in all that they do.

Please read the following introduction to the curriculum provision at Key Stages 3 and 4, which details the areas of study in the subjects that we offer.

All students follow a broad, balanced curriculum: English, Geography, Physical Education, Science, Mathematics, Technology, I.C.T., Art, History, Religious Education, Music, A Modern Foreign Language. In addition, all students have a form period of 45 minutes a week, which includes aspects of personal, social, health and citizenship education. In Mathematics, Science, English and PE, students are grouped according to ability. Staff use a variety of assessment information to determine these groups. These groupings are reviewed regularly.

Please click on the subjects above to see more information.

All students study courses in:English – both Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science – all three sciences as a double or triple award, Physical Education. In addition students choose three other subjects depending on their attainment, ability and career aspirations. Option subjects include GCSE or Btec awards in :- Fine Art, Photography, Enterprise,Drama, Product Design, Construction, Food, Textiles, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, Philosophy and ethics, Music, Music Technology, Physical Education, Sport, ICT, French. In form period the curriculum includes personal, social, health, aspects of RE and citizenship education, as well as a careers guidance programme. In Years 10 and 11, setting takes place in all the core subjects. Most option subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.

Course details do vary each year, and so it is important that the correct course guidance booklet is consulted.  The most recent booklet for 2021 completion is available here.


From Year 7 students receive regular homework to ensure their progress and to develop good habits which will prepare them for coursework and GCSE demands.     Each subject sets a number of core homeworks each term. These should be recorded in planners. We ask parents to take an interest in their child’s homework and support them as much as possible, and record any difficulties in the student’s planner.

Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship

Each week all students in the school meet with their form teacher for an hour. During this lesson they follow schemes of work designed to address some of the issues that aid their academic and personal development.  Each year group has a different programme designed to meet the needs of those students. Many aspects of health, sex and drugs education are also covered as part of the National Curriculum in Science. Details of our policies can be obtained from school. These policies outline how parents may excuse their child from some parts of the sex education programme. The school benefits from the contribution of specialists from the local community to make the programme a lively and stimulating course including the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices and responsible citizenship.

The Arts

Brooksbank School has been awarded the ‘Artsmark’ Gold. This award is given to schools who produce a high level in the arts.     “By gaining an Artsmark, a school shows its commitment to the wider development of young people and teachers and to raising the profile of the arts in the school and local community.”(Arts Council)   The arts consist of Drama, Dance, Music and Art. The Artsmark allows the school to run ‘Arts Awards’. The Arts Award is a national qualification that recognises young people’s skills within Music, Dance, Drama and Art. The award has three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold.   Gold Arts Award We offer the opportunity for 6th formers to study for this award during Enrichment time. The aim is to gain more knowledge and understanding in the commercial art world, to learn new skills, and to lead an Arts project. The award is recognised by universities and is UCAS accredited.

Religious Education

Religious Education forms part of the core curriculum, which all students follow in Years 7 to 11. There are two assemblies each week for each year group.     The school makes arrangements for parents to exercise their right of withdrawal from religious worship and instruction under Section 25 of the 1944 Education Act, and will make alternative provision. Please contact school if you wish to discuss this.