Our Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

At Hawkley Hall our curriculum is designed to provide all students with a broad, balanced education relevant to their needs both now and in the future. The curriculum caters for the aspirations and needs of each student. We operate a weekly timetable based upon 25 hours of lessons per week a breakdown of how these hours are allocated for each Year Group is provided below:

Key Stage 3

Subject Number of Lessons:
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 4 3 4
Mathematics 4 4 3
Science 3 3 3
Languages* 2 2 2
History 1 2 2
Geography 1 2 2
Religious Studies 1 1 1
IT 1 1 1
Food Studies 1 1 1
Product Design (Hard Materials and Textiles) 1 1 1
PE 2 2 2
Drama 1 1 1
Music 1 1 1
Art 1 1 1
HAWKS 1
Total Lessons 25 25 25

* A number of students will receive support in Literacy through our Communication Programme. These students are identified by using the results Key Stage 2 tests and in conjunction with Key Stage 2 teachers. This support is delivered in English Curriculum time.

Key Stage 4

Subject Number of Lessons:
Year 10 Year 11
X Band Y Band X Band Y Band
English 4 4 4 4
Mathematics 4 4 4 4
Science 5 5 5 5
PE 1 1 1 1
Religious Studies 2 2
Option 1 3 3 3 3
Option 2 3 3 3 3
Option 3 3 3
Vocational Option 5 5
Total Lessons 25 25 25 25


Inclusion

The Inclusion Faculty provides support to students with a wide range and diverse learning needs. Click here for more information.


Class Arrangements

At Hawkley Hall we use a range of class arrangement to cater for the needs of all students. Some subjects are always taught in ability sets, while others are mixed ability. A breakdown of the class arrangements for each Year Group is given below:

Year 7

Subjects taught in mixed ability forms Subjects taught in ability sets Subjects taught in mixed ability classes
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • HAWKS
  • Drama
  • Music
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Languages
  • Art
  • Food
  • Product Design
  • IT
  • PE


Years 8 and 9

Subjects taught in ability sets Subjects taught in mixed ability classes
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Languages
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • Art
  • Food
  • Product Design
  • IT
  • PE
  • Drama
  • Music


Year 10 and 11

Subjects taught in ability sets Subjects taught in mixed ability classes
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Option Subjects
  • Religious Studies
  • PE


Options Process

Our options process begins in the spring term of Year 9 with a presentation to all parents and an assembly for students. We offer an options interview to all students and parents. These take place in late February and March and offer a chance for students and parents to discuss the various options with a member of the school Leadership Team.

The following subjects are compulsory:

Subject Qualification
English Language and Literature GCSE (2 certificates)
Science Double or Triple Award GCSE (2 or 3 certificates)
Mathematics GCSE (1 certificate)
Religious Education GCSE (1 certificate)
Physical Education (Core) None

Students are then able to pick three subjects from the following choices:

Art Engineering Geography Product Design – Fashion
Computer Science Film Studies History Product Design – Hard Materials
Dance Food and Nutrition Music Spanish
Drama GCSE PE Photography Triple Science
Technical Award Design & Technology * Cambridge National Sport * Creative iMedia*

Full details of the options process, including information for each subject can be found in our options booklet which can be downloaded here.  A copy of the presentation from options evening can also be downloaded here.

*These subjects are equivalent GCSEs  and are graded Distinction* (A*), Distinction (A), Merit (B), Pass (C), Level 1 (D).

The English Baccalaureate

At Hawkley we do offer subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate (E-Bacc). However, there is no requirement for students to choose the subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate.

The English Baccalaureate is a recognition of a good pass at GCSE, which means gaining a grade 5 or higher in all the subjects listed below. The E-Bacc is not an extra qualification, but a recognition of a grade 5 or higher in these subjects:

English (Compulsory)
Maths (Compulsory)
Science (2 or 3) (Compulsory)
A Language (Optional)
History or Geography (Optional)