Curriculum Overview

The Abbey provides a broad curriculum, differentiated to allow students to learn at their individual levels, that promotes a curiosity about the world, encourages a love of learning and prepares students for life

The Core Curriculum for KS3 incorporates English, Mathematics, Science and Computing.  

The Foundation Curriculum for KS3 incorporates PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), RE, History, Geography, Physical Education (PE) and Art. Year 7 also have 1 lesson a week each of Music and Practical Studies.

The Enrichment Curriculum for KS3 incorporates an introduction to a range of media for Year 7 and a rotation of modules lasting for a term and a half each for year 8 & 9 so that students can access all over the course of the 2 years, where appropriate. 

Personal Development – for Year 7 this includes 1½ terms of swimming and 1½ terms of life skills lessons. Years 8 & 9 focus on achieving their personal development targets which are recorded on the school’s SOLAR assessment system.

The Core Curriculum for KS4 incorporates English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and PSHE.  

More able students study Geography in Years 10 & 11 and the KS4 Learning Skills for Life Curriculum incorporates Food for Life and English Reading

One morning a week is dedicated to preparing KS4 students for life after The Abbey including post-16 education at special school 6th Form or FE college, the world of work and independent living.

KS4 Options incorporate a choice of Art, Catering, Child Care, Design Technology, Drama, Duke of Edinburgh/Volunteering, Graphics, History, Horticulture, Media, Music, Performing Art, Sports Leadership and Work Experience

During the twenty minutes before lunch every day (T20) there will be a whole school assembly on Monday mornings and separate assemblies for Year 7, Years 8 & 9 and Years 10 & 11 on Fridays to celebrate the week and student achievements. At other times, T20 is dedicated to paired reading involving students across the school, “Zones of Reflection” and British Values. 

Curriculum SummaryFor information about individual subjects click here