Our Curriculum

Curriculum Aims

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 and aims to create:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

The curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn and be successful in their learning so that we can deliver our mission and aims.


To develop a school wide curriculum which:

  • Delivers high quality education in a caring environment.
  • Creates an aspirational and high achievement culture.
  • Takes into account individual needs and styles.
  • Raises standards of attainment and progress in both key stages.
  • Allows all individuals to achieve their potential effectively.
  • Supports the development of positive values and attitudes and allows all students to contribute to the school community.

Guiding Principles

To develop a curriculum which:

  • Clear progress over 5 years for individuals and groups of students.
  • Offering a wide range of subjects to allow all students to develop their skills.
  • Maximise learning time in all subjects.
  • Additional time is given to English and Mathematics to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
  • Ensure all students’ progress is in line with national expectations and provide targeted support where necessary.
  • Developing personal and social skills through collapsing the timetable each half term.
  • Ensuring students achieve the Prince’s Trust qualification through their work in PSHE and work experience
  • To support transition into secondary school for all Year 7 students and ensure no curriculum time is lost
  • Provide a wide range of enrichment activities, track engagement with this programme and reward students for taking part in additional activities

Key Stage 3 Criteria

Please see attached document for All KS3 Criteria

Curriculum Delivery

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

We have a very broad KS3 Curriculum covering 15 subjects.

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 1 1 1
PE 2 2 2
Drama 1 1 1
Music 1 1 1
Art 1 1 1
PSHE 1* 0* 0*
Total Lessons 25 25 25

* In addition to the one hour provided each week for PSHE, there is a whole school programme taught on a rolling programme by collapsing the timetable for lesson 1 and 2 in the penultimate week of each half term.

Key Stage 4

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)
Trilogy Science GCSE (2 certificates)
Mathematics GCSE (1 certificate)
Religious Education GCSE (1 certificate)
Physical Education (Core) None

We also offer a wide range of both GCSE and vocational options:

GCSE Options Vocational Options
·       Art

·       Art (Textiles)

·       Computer Science

·       Dance

·       Drama

·       Engineering

·       Food Studies

·       Geography

·       History

·       Music

·       Photography

·       PE

·       Spanish

·       Triple Science

·       Cambridge National Certificate in Sports

·       Certificate in Creative Media

·       Child Care and Development

·       Construction and the Built Environment

There is one pathway through KS4 with all students being able to choose GCSE or vocational subjects and students are able to choose their options based on their preferences and skills. Each student is interviewed along with their parents as part of the options process and a wide range of academic and pastoral data is used to help guide students onto the most appropriate KS4 subjects.

Full details of the options process, including information for each subject can be found in our options booklet which can be downloaded on our Year 9 Options Page. Click Here to view this.

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

In addition to this our Careers programme support students throughout and beyond the options process. Details of the Careers programme can be found on this link: Click 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 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)

At Key Stage 4 the curriculum is organised as follows:

Subject Number of Lessons:
Year 10 Year 11
H Band W Band H Band W Band
English 4 4 5 5
Mathematics 4 4 5 5
Science 6 6 6 6
PE 1 1 1 1
Religious Studies 1 1 2 2
Option 1 3 3 2 2
Option 2 3 3 2 2
Option 3 3 3 2 2
Total Lessons 25 25 25 25


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
·        PSHE

·        Drama

·        Music

·        English

·        Mathematics

·        Science

·        Languages

·        History

·        Geography

·        Religious Studies

·        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

·        Religious Studies

·        Option Subjects

·        PE

Curriculum Enrichment

In addition to the timetabled curriculum we also offer a wide range of enrichment activities which can be viewed on this link https://hhhs.net/school-life/wider-opportunities/

Curriculum Impact

Assessment in Key Stage 3

In 2016 the Rowan Learning Trust created specifications for all Key Stage 3 subjects.  These set out stage descriptors for use in KS3 assessments and map out descriptors up to Stage 11. GCSE assessment objectives were used as the starting point, so effectively assessment in all subjects in a continuous journey from entry in Year 7 to leaving in Year 11. The percentage weightings of assessment objectives also stem from GCSE requirements. Each KS3 year builds on essential skills and knowledge developed in previous years in preparation for GCSE. The stage descriptors inform teachers of student progress and are used in interim and end of year reports to parents.

Schemes of Work - Guiding Principles

  • Skills and content based
  • From part of the ‘big picture’ e.g. preparation for GCSE
  • Identify where gaps will be filled
  • Contain suggested interventions
  • Provide suggested resources
  • Allow for teacher ownership and creativity in lessons
  • Allow for appropriate differentiation
  • Clearly identify assessment points
  • Clearly identify standardisation and moderation opportunities
  • Have clearly identified timescales

Attainment and progress is tracked using bespoke data analysis tools that averages out Key Stage 3 attainment based on the assessments undertaken.  Half-termly data captures are taken and all subgroups are monitored.  Intervention strategies are then implemented if necessary.

For further information regarding the curriculum please contact Mr S Holt at school.