Curriculum Organisation

Curriculum Vision

“Our curriculum is ambitious and engaging. It is designed to give all students knowledge, understanding, confidence and a strong sense of self, whilst developing relevant skills they need to contribute to their community and to the wider society.”

Curriculum Organisation

KEY STAGE 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9

All students follow a general course comprising English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Information Technology, Geography, History, Religious Education, French, Art, Music, Drama, Personal and Social Education and Physical Education/Games.

In Year 7, students are placed into sets for Mathematics, English, Modern Foreign Languages and PE. In Years 8 and 9, these arrangements extend into other subject areas. Special provision is made for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

In the Spring Term of Year 9, students and parents are consulted regarding subject choices and future courses.

KEY STAGE 4 – Years 10 and 11

All students take courses leading to GCSE or other appropriate examinations. As core subjects, all students take English, Maths, Science, Physical Education and a Personal and Social Education course which includes Religious Education, Careers Guidance and Health Education, and are given the opportunity to be involved in a work experience programme. A modern foreign language is also taken by the vast majority of students.

Great care is taken to ensure that the other subjects chosen offer each student a broad and balanced education. Subjects on offer include History, Geography, Business Studies, Computer Science, ICT, Design and Technology (including, Product Design, Catering and Textiles), Art, 3D Art, Drama, Graphic Communication, Music, Religious Education and Physical Education.

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KEY STAGE 5 – Years 12 and 13

The Thomas Adams Sixth Form offers a broad range of courses. Unlike many sixth forms, in Year 12 we offer five hours per subject for most subjects, ensuring valuable contact time with academic experts. We expect all students to select three subjects to study over a two-year period.

The curriculum is organised into columns. Students will choose one subject from each column (two subjects cannot be chosen from the same column as they are taught at the same time). Final subjects will be confirmed at interview. Therefore, most students will find that they have two hours of non-contact time each day on their timetable, one of which must be spent in our Study Hub, working independently, either on homework, revision or consolidation, overseen by a teacher.

Please find all the key documents you may require in the link below, which have been made available for you to download. Should you have any further queries please contact us: Phone: 01939 237000, email:


PSHE Day 1 Overview

PSHE Day 2 Overview

Year 11 Mock Exam Timetable – 15th – 26th November 2021

Parents Guide to Reports Video

Microsoft Teams

Overview of Teams

Accessing Teams via xbox 

Guide for parents to support home learning

Join a Lesson (meeting) in Teams

Guide for Parents on how to structure the day for learning

How to structure conversations to support your child with their learning


Exam Revision Materials for Year 11 students

Elevate Parents’ E-book

Exam Boards

Revise Effectively

AQA – education charity providing GCSEs, A-levels and support

AQA provides qualifications that enable students to progress to the next stage in their lives. We also support teachers to develop their professional skills.

Pearson qualifications | Edexcel, BTEC, LCCI and EDI | Pearson qualifications

Pearson is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic, vocational and work-based learning qualifications, including BTEC, Edexcel and LCCI.

OCR – awarding body for A Levels, GCSEs, Cambridge Nationals, Cambridge Technicals and other qualifications

OCR is a leading UK awarding body, providing qualifications for learners of all ages at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes.

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WJEC is a leading awarding organisation in the UK providing assessment, training and educational resources in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Mae CBAC yn gorff dyfarnu blaenllaw yn y DU sy’n darparu cymwysterau, asesiadau, hyfforddiant i athrawon ac adnoddau addysgol i ysgolion uwchradd a cholegau.


The Big Picture

The “Big Picture” aims to outline all the key facets of our curriculum, allowing interested parties to find key information relating to the building blocks of our offer. By simply clicking on the image below, you will be able to access a PDF version giving you access to hyperlinks for the following:


Curriculum Intent
This outlines the curriculum vision and how is reflects our core values of Respect, Resilience and Success. By clicking on Curriculum Values it will take you to our Curriculum Policy.

Curriculum Implementation
This section highlights how we bring our curriculum to life and includes the following links:-

Curriculum Components:-

  • Lessons will take you to out “Lesson Expectations” stating how we aim to make every lesson count.
  • Curriculum Mapping will allow you to see what will be taught by each subject.
  • Transition will take you to our prospectus for both the school and our sixth form.
  • Enrichment will allow you to see the wider offer we have for our young people outside of the lessons.
  • Careers Education will take you to our dedicated Careers Advice page.

Click on any of the subjects in the Curriculum Offer section and it will take you to a video outlining all the information you need about that particular subject.

The Common Practice Expectations section highlights all the key aspects of our teaching delivery, with links to our Marking and Feedback policy (Feedback and Reflection), Assessment Policy (Assessment) and our dedicated Literacy Page (Literacy).

Curriculum Impact
And finally, the statements in this section are what we want our young people to achieve at the end of their curriculum journey.

This is an ever evolving site and we aim to keep you informed of any developments. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us via email:


Tom McAleavy (Deputy Headteacher)

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The Thomas Adams School
Lowe Hill
SY4 5UB 

01939 237000