The school offers a full range of National Curriculum subjects, ensuring that each child follows a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. We have high expectations of our pupils and place learning at the very centre of school life.

We offer high quality teaching and support, delivered using the latest technology. Our aim is that pupils begin to take responsibility for their own learning by identifying their own strengths and weaknesses and with teacher-help, achieving their individual targets.

The school adopts a 25-hour teaching week. A summary of the proportion of each subject at each Key Stage is shown below:

Key Stage Three

During their first three years (National Curriculum Years 7, 8 and 9) pupils study all the subjects of the National Curriculum.

The “core subjects” are English, Mathematics and Science and “Foundation subjects” Design and Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, Computer Science, Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. STEM is taught as a separate subject to all pupils in year 7. Religious Education is taught to all pupils together with Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship.

Key Stage Four

Senior pupils follow a common core curriculum of English Language/Literature, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Religious Studies. They then have free choice to select four option subjects from a guided option scheme. We offer a range of GCSE courses that have academic rigour as well as vocational subjects that have a work-based focus. 

GCSE Curriculum will be made up of the following compulsory subjects:

  • English Language/Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Religious Education
  • Core PE

Option Subjects

Pupils choose ONE subject from the following list:

  • Computer Science 
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Spanish
  • Triple Science

Then choose their THREE remaining choices from the following list:

  • Art and Design 
  • Business Studies - BTEC
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Food & Nutrition Technology - GCSE
  • ICT - Technical Award
  • Music
  • PE 
  • Materials Technology - Technical Award
  • Textiles & Fashion Design - Technical Award

Further information about each subject is located on our Subjects' pages. Here parents and carers can find details of the content of the curriculum that Archbishop Temple School follows in each academic year for every subject.

CAREERS EDUCATION   

Careers Education forms an important part of the Upper School curriculum. The school’s Assistant Headteacher Curriculum and an independent and impartial careers officer are available for consultation at lunchtimes and a well-stocked Careers Library is provided as an additional resource.

Work Related Learning is an integral part of the Senior School Curriculum too. We try to ensure that all our pupils participate and the scheme itself is highly structured and well supervised. As well as participating in the world of work, our pupils also undertake tasks which augment their National Curriculum Studies.

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

3/5 hours

3/5 hours

3/5 hours

Mathematics

3 hours

4 hours

4 hours

Science

3 hours

3 hours

3 hours

Technology

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

Spanish & French

3 hours

3 hours

3 hours

STEM

1 hour

 

 

RE, History, Geography

4/5 hours

5 hours

5 hours

PE

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

Art, Drama, Music

2 hours

3 hours

3 hours

Computing Studies

1 hour

1 hour

1 hour

Subject

Year 10

Year 11

English

3.5 hours

3.5/4.5 hours

Maths

3.5 hours

3 hours

Chemistry, Physics, Biology

2.5 hours

2.5 hours

PSHRE

2 hours

1.5 hours

PE

1 hour

1 hour

Options subjects

2.5 hours each

2.5 hours each