Key stage 3 curriculum

Kirkby High School has designed a broad and balanced curriculum which caters for students' needs throughout their time in Kirkby High School and also provide opportunities for further education. We utilise a 25-hour teaching week which is broken down as follows.

Clicking on the subject names in the table below will take you to the in-depth overview for that subject.

Subject Number of Lessons
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 4 4 4
Maths 4 4 4
Science 3 3 3
Languages 1 2 2
History 2 2 2
Geography 2 2 2
Religious Studies 1 1 1
Computing 1 1 1
Product Design/Food Studies 1 1 1
Physical Education 2 2 2
Drama 1 1 1
Music 1 1 1
Art 1 1 1
Personal Development 1 0 0
Total 25 25 25

Key stage 4 curriculum

Students in key stage 4 at Kirkby High School follow a core diet of mathematics, English and science combined with 3 options.

Subject Number of lessons
Year 10 Year 11
X Band Y Band X Band Y Band
English 5 5 5 5
Maths 4 4 4 4
Science 6 6 6 6
Option 1 3 3 3 3
Option 2 3 3 3 3
Option 3 3 3 3 3
Core PE 1 1 1 1
Total 25 25 25 25

Setting arrangements

At Kirkby High School we use a variety of setting arrangements to enhance the progress and educational experiences of our students. Some subjects are taught in mixed ability setting while others are taught in ability based sets.

  Subjects where pupils are taught in ability classes Subjects where pupils are taught in mixed ability classes
Year 7,8 and 9 English



Modern Foreign Languages

Physical Education











Personal Development (Year 7 only)

Year 10 and 11 English




Options subjects


Core PE


Options Process

Kirkby High School’s options package includes an Options Evening with a presentation to parents and our careers advisor present to discuss Options choices with Students, parents and carers. A number of assemblies are delivered to students to guide them through the Options process and guest speakers from local colleges and universities attend school to support student choices. Students also experience a tailored one to one interview between a member of the senior management team. Parents and carers are encouraged to attend this interview. This takes place in February and March and offers the chance for parents and students to discuss their best routes to further education based on prior attainment and percentage chance tables. The following subjects are compulsory:

Subject Qualification
English Language and literature GCSE (2 Certificates)
Mathematics GCSE (1 Certificate)
Science Trilogy or Triple Award GCSE (2 or 3 Certificates)

Students are then able to choose 3 of the following options.

History Sports Studies Dance Food and Nutrition
Geography Design Technology Music Travel and Tourism
Spanish Art and Design Textiles Religious Studies
Computer Science Drama Childcare
PE Catering Creative Imedia