Curriculum Intent

The intent of our curriculum is to enable our pupils to gain wisdom through academic success alongside developing resilient, hardworking, community focused individuals. These aims apply to every child, regardless of background, gender and prior attainment. The curriculum is knowledge rich and gives students opportunities to apply and transfer this knowledge and communicate with others through strong literacy skills. It strives to equip all students with the tools required to actively develop a love of learning that will endure beyond the school gates. Our values of wisdom, hope, community and dignity provide the framework for our curriculum design.

 Curriculum Implementation

In addition to the standard curriculum, there are a wide range of enrichment opportunities at lunchtimes and after school each day ranging from academic support to broader interests such as sport and the Arts including qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. NES is committed to developing both student character and active citizenship and believes that enrichment is the vehicle to promote cultural capital for all.

At Key Stage 4, Students personalise their curriculum by choosing options which include a wide range of GCSE and Vocational courses.  All of our students receive detailed individual advice and guidance to ensure that they choose the right options for them to provide them with a platform for further study.  Assessment in these courses takes place in a variety of forms including assignments during the course and public examinations at the end of Key Stage 4.

PSHE, SRE, careers guidance and Citizenship are taught through the tutor time program.  The PSHE program has a variety of strands which are delivered to every year group and these include: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, Living in the Wider World and the development of key skills and attributes such as tolerance, resilience, respect and critical thinking.

Sixth Form students choose from over 35 courses including A levels, Level 3 Applied courses and Level 2 courses.  Further details including the option blocks can be found on the Sixth Form web pages.

For further information on Curriculum related matters, please contact Mr Jonathan Wright; Assistant Principal (


A summary of content

Key Stage 3

The following subjects are studied in Key Stage 3. The number of 1 hour lessons per week are shown in brackets:

English (4) MFL (2) Drama (1)
Mathematics (4) Religious Education (2) Design & Technology (1)
Science (3) Physical Education (2) Computer Science/ICT (1)
History (2) Art (1)
Geography (2) Music (1)


Key Stage 4

The KS4 courses offered provide a firm foundation for future careers and further education. In particular, our courses are designed to be a natural stepping-stone to GCE AS/A2 Level qualifications and Vocational Subjects offered in our Sixth Form Centre. This ensures continuity and progression in learning at Emmanuel.

Students follow a core curriculum of English (Language and Literature,) Mathematics, Science, an EBacc option (Computer Science, Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language,) Religious Studies and core PE.

Students then have a choice of 2 further options including:

A second EBacc option (Computer Science, Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language,) Art & Design, Construction, Media, Drama, Computer Science, Food (Hospitality and catering), IT, Music, Music Technology, PE / Sport, Product Design and Textiles (Creative studies – craft).

Details of courses offered at Key Stage 4

Art and Design / Fine ArtEdexcel GCSE
BusinessOCR Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing
Computer ScienceOCR GCSE
Creative Imedia/ICTOCR Level 1/2Cambridge National Certificate
DramaY9 Pearson BTEC Award in Performing Arts
Y10 Edexcel GCSE
English LanguageAQA GCSE
English LiteratureAQA GCSE
GeographyEdexcel (A) GCSE
HistoryEdexcel GCSE
MathematicsAQA GCSE
Media StudiesBTEC Pearson Tech Award in Creative Media Production
Music TechnologyNCFE Level 2 Technical Award
PEEdexcel GCSE
BTEC SportPearson BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport
Religious StudiesWJEC GCSE Changing to Edexcel with current Y9s.
ChemistryAQA GCSE
Combined ScienceAQA GCSE
ConstructionWJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Construction in the built environment
DT FoodYr 9 & 10 WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering
Yr 11 AQA Food preparation & Nutrition
DT Product DesignAQA Design & Technology
DT TextilesAQA Art Textiles

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