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Curriculum KS3

The curriculum at Matravers has been designed with several aims in mind, these include:

  • Providing a broad and balanced experience of subjects;
  • Inspiring learners so that they are successful and achieve exceptional outcomes;
  • Offering variety and adaptability so that the needs of all students are met and that they are happy at school;
  • Being innovative and creative in our models so that students can achieve their ambitions;
  • Challenging students to take risks and develop resilience by engaging in new activities.

At Key Stage 3 we offer a 3 year curriculum model that consists of 50 hours of learning.  During this time students experience learning across and beyond the National Curriculum subjects including:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • PE
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Studies
  • Art/Design
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Information Technology/Computing
  • Music
  • Character

Year 7

In year 7 two assembly periods make up the 50 hours with 9 hours of curriculum time being allocated to our specialism subjects of Art, Dance, Drama and Music.  Setting of students starts in year 7 in English and Maths, the English sets are also used to determine the class sets for History, Geography, RS, French and Science, all other subjects are taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

Homework is an integral part of the curriculum and opportunities exist for students to participate in numerous "outstanding" afterschool activities. 

In addition to the main curriculum described above several ‘intervention layers’ also exists, the first is in the form of the Enhanced Learning Pathway (ELP), where students receive four hours of extra English teaching in small supportive classes.  For other students intervention is offered via ‘Keep up, step up and stretch up’ provision.  This provision is delivered via the Upgrade centre where a menu of interventions is available including:

  • Small group, targeted bespoke intervention to support progress in KS3 Maths and English;
  • Tailoring of the curriculum for individual students via Private Study;
  • Ambition sessions to help raise the aspirations of vulnerable girls;
  • Careers advice;
  • Enterprise—where students have the opportunity to create, design and promote a new product.

Year 8

Year 8 follows a similar curriculum model to year 7. 


Year 9

Year 9 follow the same curriculum model as year 8.  Towards the end of year 9 students will be given the opportunity to determine their future curriculum by choosing their Level 2 qualifications.