Key Stage 3
At key stage 3, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which aims to offer every child the opportunity to maximise their potential. Our curriculum builds on young people’s experiences from the primary phase and helps all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
Specifically, our key stage 3 experience aims to:
  • support and nurture all young people
  • achieve high standards and encourage progress
  • develop independent learners
  • challenge and motivate
  • encourage aspiration, ambition and participation
  • develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of subjects and initiatives
The key stage 3 programmes of study and curriculum are set out by the National Curriculum but at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy we also aim to develop personalised learning programmes for individual students in response to specific need and ability.
In  years 7, 8 and 9 all students study:
  • Art and Design (1 lesson per week)
  • Dance (1 lesson per week)
  • Drama (1 lesson per week)
  • English Language/English Literature (4-5 lessons per week, including 1 lesson of accelerated reading in years 7 and 8 )
  • Geography (2 lessons per week)
  • History (2 lessons per week)
  • ICT (1 lesson per week)
  • Mathematics (4-5 lessons per week)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (2 lessons per week)
  • Music (1 lesson per week)
  • Physical Education (2 lessons per week)
  • Science ( 3-4 lessons per week)
  • Technology: Graphics, Food Technology, Product Design and Electronics ( 2 lessons per week)
  • Religious Studies (2 lessons per week)
Levels of attainment and information provided by the primary schools, together with our own early baseline assessment data, allows us to place students in appropriate groups and teaching and learning to be tailored to the needs of individuals from the beginning of year 7. Whilst mixed ability groupings continue, as students progress through Key Stage 3, they are placed in sets according to ability in an increasing number of subjects.