Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is intended to exceed the KS3 National Curriculum, whilst providing a smooth transition between the knowledge and skills covered in KS2 with those required at Key Stage 4.
Our students in Year 7 come from over 40 feeder schools, with a wide demographic and prior learning experience. With a majority of High Prior Attainers, we ensure that we have a Key Stage 3 curriculum model that addresses students’ unique abilities and learning needs, providing appropriate challenge and support to ensure that all students, regardless of their starting point make rapid progress. We also serve a small group of students who have a lower ability profile on entry. Therefore, our curriculum is focused on identifying and closing gaps in knowledge of some students from KS2 whilst deepening others’ knowledge and passion for each subject, old and new.
As a high achieving girls’ school, we want our curriculum to be academically aspirational, implemented in an environment that inspires enjoyment and commitment to learning as well as developing the girls’ confidence to learn and resilience to overcome challenges and setbacks. Our curriculum provides our students with access to STEM subjects and extra-curricular activities that challenge gender stereotypes and empowers them to be confident to succeed, achieving their ambitions. Lessons in Dance, Drama, Music, Art and PE complement classroom-based subjects and provide Key Stage 3 students with a varied diet of learning experiences. We also want our students to see themselves as an active global citizen and the vast majority of our students study two languages so that they go on to study Spanish, French or both at GCSE.
We also appreciate the value of becoming literate and numerate citizens, so our curriculum also aims to develop a high level of literacy and numeracy, for all of our students, through a culture of reading for pleasure and inspiring maths lessons. Our cohorts are generally stronger in English than Maths and the curriculum model is adjusted accordingly to ensure that our students make rapid gains in their maths in the first year here.
Students who enter Year 7 with KS2 scores below age related expectations in reading are placed in our catch-up curriculum, ‘Achievement First’, which aims to provide students with extra literacy support so that they are meeting age related expectations by the end of Year 8 or sooner.
Year 7 Curriculum Intent
We are really proud of our Year 7 curriculum offer and in particular how it creates a smooth transition between
the content and skills your daughter covered in KS2 to the challenges and increased aspirations of our Lower
As well as identifying and closing gaps in knowledge from Year 6, our Year 7 curriculum deepens students’
engagement, knowledge and passion for each subject old and new. It actively aims to develop a high level of
literacy and numeracy through a culture of reading for pleasure and inspiring maths lessons.
While the curriculum is academically aspirational it is implemented in an environment that inspires enjoyment
and commitment to learning as well as developing for students the skills and confidence to learn.
Year 7 is an exciting time in your daughter’s education. This is the beginning of her learning journey at
Hayesfield Girls’ School and the first steps into developing confidence, new skills and new ambitions for
Year 8 Curriculum Intent
Our Year 8 curriculum offer is an important half-way point between our Lower and Upper School curriculums.
Here is where the training wheels begin to come off and we put more emphasis on developing each student’s
confidence as independent and self-motivated learners.
The Year 8 curriculum further deepens students’ engagement, skills and knowledge in all subjects while
beginning to develop more individual passions which will help them make more informed and successful
decisions in the Year 9 Options Process.
The learning environment continues to inspire enjoyment and foster a commitment and love of learning but
here is where the challenge increases and we perhaps take more students out of their comfort zones.
Far from a ‘holding year’ Year 8 is a vital time in your daughter’s education. This is the stage of her learning
journey at Hayesfield Girls’ School where she begins to seek challenges and find motivation for herself which
will become the foundation of her future academic success.
Year 9 Curriculum Intent
Year 9 is perhaps the most important year of your daughter’s education so far. She will have now started
GCSEs in Maths, English Science, Languages and Humanities and with that, begun a three-year journey to
academic success in Year 11.
This is the transition year between Lower and Upper School, where we bring to a close some subjects and
open up new ones. Much of the emphasis is on students finding their individual academic pathway while being
guided to build a broad and balanced curriculum that meets every student’s needs and aspirations.
The learning environment remains inspiring and fosters the commitment and love of learning from Lower
School but, without doubt, Year 9 will expect more of your daughter; preparing her for the increased challenges
and demands of GCSE skills, content and assessments. Here is also where we lay the foundation for the study
and examination skills as well as the independence that will serve her at GCSE and promote more enquiring
minds that challenge and question what she is told.
Year 9 is the turning point away from Lower School and into the demands and excitement of Upper School. It
is a gradual turning point however, providing full support and motivation for every student to find her feet and
grow her confidence in Year 10.