Curriculum Intent

The intent of our curriculum is to engage children in great learning, enable them to develop great character and provide opportunities for them to become great servant-leaders. 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

We operate a one week timetable with 5 lessons per day.  In addition, 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.

Our students make their option choices at the end of Year 8. We believe that this gives them more time to develop the skills necessary to be successful in their chosen courses. Students choose from a variety of academic and vocational courses and all 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. Students continue to access a wide range of curriculum enriching opportunities from Year 9 onwards as NES is committed to developing both student character and active citizenship and believes that enrichment is the vehicle to promote cultural capital for all.

PSHE, SRE and Citizenship are taught through a series of calendared drop down days for each year group as well as 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 Mrs Sarah Anderson; Assistant Principal (

Design for each year group

Years 7 and 8

MathsEnglishScienceDesign TechnologyModern Foreign LanguagesComputer ScienceHumanities (Geography, History and Religious Studies)ArtsPhysical EducationTOTAL

Years 9

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, Textiles (Creative studies – craft), and Business Studies.

MathsEnglishScience (Combined or Triple)Religious StudiesPhysical EducationEBaccOption 1Option 2TOTAL

Years 10

MathsEnglishScience (Combined or Triple)Religious StudiesPhysical EducationEBaccOption 1Option 2TOTAL

Years 11

MathsEnglishScience (Combined or Triple)Religious StudiesPhysical EducationEBaccOption 1Option 2TOTAL

Details of courses offered at Key Stage 4

Art and Design / Fine ArtEdexcel GCSE
Business (*)AQA GCSE
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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