Our Curriculum 2017-18

At The Barlow, we aim to provide abroad and balanced curriculum, which not only fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum but meets the needs of our pupils and enables them to realise their full potential and prepare them to live as confident, responsible Christian adults in society.

Our curriculum is recognised as one of the school's strengths and demonstrates our determination to provide opportunities for all pupils. The Ofsted report from our inspection in November 2016 stated:  'Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is appropriate and meets the needs of pupils so as to equip them to move on to the next stage of their education. The pupils whom inspectors spoke to said that they feel that they have a good range of subjects to study and subsequently choose from. The effectiveness of the curriculum can be seen by the very high numbers of pupils who go on to further education, employment and/or training'.

For Curriculum Information about individual subject areas, please click the subject area on the left hand tab of the curriculum area.

Key Stage 3 (11-13 years)

In Years 7 & 8 pupils study the following subjects: Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, SpanishorFrench, Computing, Design Technology, Art, Drama, Music and Physical Education.  There are a small number of pupils in Year 7, for whom it is appropriate, who study additional Literacy as part of their curriculum provision. 

Key Stage 4 (13-16 years)

In Year 8, our pupils take their Options. This is when they decide which subjects they would like to study in Years 9, 10 and Year 11. This period during their school career is very important, as the choices they make are likely to influence their future studies. 

All our Year 9, 10 and Year 11 pupils have to study core subjects. These are: Religious Studies, English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science (either Combined Science or Separate - Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE), Citizenship, Careers, Enterprise & Work Related Learning

Pupils also choose up to three subjects from the list below, dependent on the Pathway that they follow:

GCSE Subjects:  Art, Craft & Design, Business, Computer Science, Drama, French, Geography, Graphic Communication, History, Media Studies, Music or Physical Education.

BTECs & other qualifications:  Engineering, ICT OCR National, Sport or Music.

Course / Examination Types

GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education