Curriculum

The curriculum on offer at the Mary Webb School and Science College is one that reflects the needs of students, supporting them to become independent citizens when they move on from us.

The school curriculum is designed to ensure that all students:

  • have access to the same broad range of challenging and motivating learning experiences;
  • enjoy learning and come to see education as a life-long process;
  • acquire the skills, knowledge and experiences which will enable them to develop a greater understanding of themselves and the society in which they live.

“The range of subjects and topics taught has been carefully designed around students' interests and meets their needs to prepare them well for the next stage of their education, training or employment.”
                                                                                                                                                             Ofsted 2013

The new national curriculum for Key Stage 3 came into effect from September 2014. The curriculum we offer is in response to national statutory guidelines and local need. The statutory core for Key Stage 3 includes English, mathematics, science, art and design, computing, design and technology, French, geography, history, music, religious education, physical education and citizenship through PSHCE (personal, social, health and citizenship education). In addition, in Year 7 all students spend time developing their literacy and from Year 8, students study drama and have the opportunity to learn Spanish. Nationally Key Stage 3 is in a period of transition: the new curriculum is designed to prepare students for the changes to Key Stage 4 that start from 2015 and we have worked hard to ensure that our courses meet the varying needs of students in each of Years 9, 8 and 7. Further details of how the changing curriculum impacts on your child can be found by downloading our document of the same name below.

At Key Stage 4 the statutory curriculum sees all students study English, mathematics, science, computing, religious education, physical education and citizenship through PSHCE. Alongside these we offer a range of options for students to follow, all of which lead to accreditation. All students receive guidance and support when making their options to ensure that their curriculum is personalised, broad and balanced. We operate an equal opportunities policy when it comes to options. All students are eligible to take any four from the following areas: the arts (art and design, music, drama), design and technology (product design and construction), the humanities (geography and history) and a modern foreign language (French and Spanish). Most courses are GCSE except for BTec construction and sport and hairdressing which is a level 1 City and Guilds. Some students opt to do Astronomy as an additional GCSE after-school.

The English Baccalaureate or “EBacc” is a suite of subjects that students are able to opt into at Key Stage 4. To be successful students need a C or more in the following: English, mathematics, core and additional science or any two separate sciences, geography or history and French or Spanish. Students who achieve the English Baccalaureate are able to demonstrate to future employers that they have a broad and balanced experience.

You can download details on all subjects taught at Key Stage 3 and 4: course-guides are available for all years detailing exactly what is being covered and when and the Options Booklet, to support curriculum choice at Key Stage 4, are available for download by clicking the links below. Materials to support students in their learning can be found on the subject pages on the Webb and purchased through the school shop. Further information can be found to support the courses we deliver at Key Stage 4 can be found on the relevant examination board websites, the links for which are below:

  • www.aqa.org.uk for English, English literature, drama, geography, music, product design, religious education, statistics
  • www.edexcel.com for mathematics, science, additional science, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, physical education, BTECs in construction and sport
  • www.ocr.org.uk for art, computing, ICT, environment and land-based science, history
  • www.wjec.co.uk for Spanish, French

In addition to lessons, a comprehensive schedule for registration supports the development of reading and numeracy and all students have at least one assembly a week for acts of collective reflection. Six days are allocated per year as “Curriculum Days”: on these days the timetable is suspended to support in depth work on particular themes such as post-16 opportunities, team-building, public speaking and raising self-esteem.

There is much in the press about the changes that are taking place in education. Although the basic structure of the curriculum will remain unchanged, expectations on what students need to study and the subjects that they do study will show variation. We will keep you updated with how and when these changes impact on students in different year groups. Further information on this can be found by following the parent/carers link. 

How the changing curriculum impacts on your child

Year 7 Course Guide

Year 8 Course Guide

Year 9 Course Guide

KS4 Course Guide 2014-16 (Year 10)

KS4 Course Guide 2013-15 (Year 11)

Options Booklet KS4 2014-16 (Year 10)

Options Booklet KS4 2013-15 (Year 11)