Hathershaw College

Curriculum Models


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Curriculum Models 2020/2021

Curriculum Models 2021/2022

Curriculum Models & Overview

The Hathershaw College provides a curriculum that is broad, balanced and inclusive with a vision to be at least as ambitious as the National Curriculum. We have recently moved to a new model with Key Stage 3 covering Years 7, 8 and 9 and Key Stage 4 beginning in Year 10.

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Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9 students are placed into one of two bands according to their key stage 2 SAT results. Students are taught in sets for English, Maths and Science. More able students are placed in the ‘C Band’ groups 1 and 2 where they are taught separately for French, Geography, History and Computing in order to provide greater challenge for them. SEN students and those with very low levels of attainment on entry are placed in the ‘H Band’ groups 4 and 5 where they benefit from smaller class sizes and additional support in the classroom. These children are also targeted with support to improve their reading.

All Key Stage 3 students study the same curriculum, regardless of their ability. The exception to this is with the current Year 9 who are in the final year of a legacy model. This will be the last year that students in groups H4 and H5 receive additional literacy support in place of French lessons.

Year 7 (Leavers in 2026)

Model below to be carried through to Year 9

Year 8 (Leavers in 2025)

Model below to be carried through to Year 9

Year 9 (Leavers in 2024)


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, the curriculum is broad with an appropriate balance between academic and vocational subjects. Students choose their GCSE options at the end of Year 9 and have the opportunity to study a range of engaging new subjects, including: GCSE Business; GCSE Psychology; BTEC Health and Social Care; and BTEC Sport. Given the College’s Technology specialism legacy and the importance of STEM, all Key Stage 4 students have the choice to study either GCSE Food & Nutrition or GCSE Design & Technology. All students have equal opportunity to study the full range of subjects.

The College actively encourages the opportunity to study the English Baccalaureate. Students who are identified as being particularly talented at French are placed in Pathway 1 however students in Pathway 2 are permitted to move into Pathway 1 should they wish to.

The college is ambitious for its students and recognises that our most recent changes to the curriculum are simply a starting point.  In addition to what we have so far implemented, 2021/22 will see the introduction of:

  • GCSE Triple Science
  • GCSE Computer Science

In future years we have the ambition to expand our provision even further, for example:

  • GCSE Music – As our newly introduced Key Stage 3 Music provision begins to have impact, we will offer this as a GCSE subject in the academic year 2022/23. 
  • GCSE Spanish – We recognise that offering a single language might not provide the breadth that some students require.  This subject is to be delivered as an extra-curricular offer ay KS3 in the first instance, with a vision to extend this to the main curriculum at either key stage. We are keen to deliver this and potentially other languages at GCSE in the future.



Year 10 (Leavers in 2023)

Current Year 8 - 2 year KS4



Year 11 (Leavers in 2022)

Third year of a 3 year KS4 legacy model


Curriculum Models 2020/2021

Curriculum Models 2021/2022