The curriculum at St Mark’s is an interesting blend of those subjects which fulfil the national curriculum and those areas of experience which we consider essential for our students. Our students are expected to follow a broad and balanced curriculum throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. This is reviewed annually and subject to change.
Each year, we invite our prospective year 7 in for a fun day which includes them sitting online Cognitive Ability Tests (CATS). The results of these CATS along with KS2 SATS results will be used to allocate all Year 7 students to the appropriate sets before they start with us in September. This will ensure that no time is wasted and that all students, regardless of their ability, will be taught in the appropriate classes from the very start of their time at St Mark’s School.
Key Stage 3
All students follow courses in:
- Core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science
- Technology: Information Technology, Resistant Materials, Graphic Design, Textiles, Food Technology and Art and Design
- Modern Foreign Language: French is the first language for all students, German is the second for some
- Humanities: History, Geography and Religious Education
- Creative Arts: Music and Drama
- Physical Education: Gymnastics and Games
- Personal, Social and Health Education: includes careers education and citizenship
- Enrichment activities every Wednesday afternoon (Years 7 and 8)
Key Stage 4
Students study from a range of curriculum areas and are encouraged to avoid early specialisation when selecting their options. The KS4 curriculum is reviewed annually to take into account developments in subject examinations and government guidelines. Parents and students are provided with up to date information and guidance when ready to choose options.
The general pattern of study is as follows:
- English Language and English Literature
- Science, BTEC Double Award and Triple Science for the most able
- Computing: the European Computing Driving License
- Technology: Food & Nutrition and Textiles
- Humanities: Geography, History and Religious Education
- Modern Foreign Languages: French as a core with the option to take German as a second
- Creative/Expressive Arts: Art, Drama, Music and Physical Education
Students are also offered the opportunity to widen their subjects to include:
- ASDAN – a vocational based course