The King's School in Macclesfield


      Senior Curriculum

      We create a stimulating and exciting learning environment in which pupils aged 11 - 16 are challenged, supported and developed to reach their potential.


      Years 7 - 9

      All pupils follow a broad curriculum in Year 7, studying 18 subjects including Critical Thinking

      From Year 8, pupils are put into sets for the core subjects of Maths and English. Pupils are asked to choose two languages to study from the four studied in Year 7 (French, German, Latin and Spanish).

      From Year 9 onwards, pupils continue with English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Religion & Philosophy, Games, PSHE and ICT, plus two languages, three sciences (separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics), plus pupils also choose two creative subjects from the following four options: Art, Music, Design Technology and Drama.

      Pupils are encouraged to access our Challenge & Enrichment programme, which is designed to stretch and challenge their learnign across all curriculum areas. 


      Years 10 & 11

      In Year 10, GCSE courses commence. Pupils typically select 10 GCSE courses to be studied during Years 10 and 11. All pupils continue with Mathematics, English Language, English Literature and must study a language (Latin, French, German or Spanish).  Science is taken as three separate subjects (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) by the vast majority of pupils although some choose 'Dual Science' (components of all three but results in two GCSE grades). If separate Sciences are taken, there is room for three more subjects to be studied; with Dual Award science, four are possible.

      These choices are made from the following list: Art & Design, Design Technology, Drama, Computing, Geography, History, Latin, Music, PE, Religion & Philosophy. In addition, we retain PSHE, Games and PE in the curriculum for all pupils.

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