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 3 3 3
Mathematics 3 3 3
Science 3 3 3
Languages* 3 3 3
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 2
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. Student who receive Communication lessons will have only 1 or 2 lessons of languages per week depending on their needs.

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 3 4 3
Science 5 4 5 4
PE 1 1 1 1
Religious Studies 2 2
Film 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 (M and N 1)
  • Geography (M and N 1)
  • Religious Studies (M and N 1)
  • Art
  • Food
  • Product Design
  • IT
  • PE
  • History (M and N 2-5)
  • Geography (M and N 2-5)
  • Religious Studies (M and N 2-5)
  • Drama
  • Music


Year 10 and 11

Subjects taught in ability sets Subjects taught in mixed ability classes
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Option Subjects
  • Religious Studies
  • Film 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 (X Band) GCSE (1 certificate)
Film Studies (Y Band) 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

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.

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 the subjects listed below. The E-Bacc is not an extra qualification, but a recognition of a grade 5 or higher in all the subjects below:

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