Curriculum Overview

Curriculum 2018-19

Meadowhead School's 'Signature Curriculum' is designed to cater for all learners. The content allows the development of core skills, the enrichment of knowledge and the broadening of experience across a broad range of subjects.  

Students will study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Languages, Health, Fitness & Well-being and Ethics, as well as Creative Arts, Performing Arts, History, Geography, Art / Technology and ICT. All students have a 1 hour Tutor Time each week.

All students experience Ethics from Year 7, which incorporates Religious Education and PSHE/Citizenship. Within the Ethics curriculum students are encouraged to debate, explore and study ethical issues to help them understand the wider world. Students can opt to take this as a GCSE qualification at key stage 4.

Literacy and numeracy skills are embedded across our curriculum. Students are exposed to word-rich environments with opportunities for reading and extended writing. Numeracy skills are required across a range of subjects and, therefore, these are developed across a range of subjects. Additional support for some students is provided through our reading programmes, literacy catch-up and numeracy development on the Bridge.

Language experience remains at the heart of our curriculum and most students study a language from Year 7. Some students have the opportunity to study a second language from Year 8. As a Specialist Language College, many students continue to study a language up to Year 11.

Progression routes are also a key factor of our curriculum. We offer a range of courses, enabling students the best opportunities to progress further to Sixth Form and beyond. Our programmes consist of GCSEs, vocational courses and work-related opportunities.

Our structures are designed to allow students to take assessments at the most appropriate time for the individual, and to increase opportunities to follow courses beyond Year 11.

E-learning is widening our scope for innovative teaching and on-line assessments. Our Meadowhead Learning Platform (Student Portal) is opening up a world of learning opportunities and ways of communicating.

In Years 7 and 8, all students study: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • at least one Modern Foreign Language (some students do two from Year 8)
  • History, Geography and Ethics
  • Design and Technology (including Food Technology)
  • Creative Arts - Art, 3-D Design, and Textiles
  • Health, Fitness & Well-being and Performing Arts (including Music and Drama)
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Music
  • Drama

In Years 9, 10 and 11, the school is committed to a wide amount of choice guided by the need to maintain breadth and balance, thus all students study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health, Fitness & Well-being
  • Ethics

and choose from a range of academic and vocational courses.

Please open the document below for comprehensive information about the structure of the curriculum, including the number of periods each subject is studied by the year groups.



  1. Curriculum Structures 2018-19