Key Stage 3

Students at King Edward VI follow a curriculum based on the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9. This includes:

English, Mathematics, Science, French and German, Art, Design Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Music, Physical Education and Religious Education.

The emphasis in Key Stage 3 is on cross-curricular skills in order to develop students who have a well rounded knowledge and the transferrable skills that students need in all subjects.

The majority of subjects continue the Key Stage 3 Curriculum to the end of Year 9; but core subjects study a transition curriculum which follows the National Curriculum but supports the  transition to Key Stage 4.

We operate a two-week timetable with twenty-five lessons per week. Please see the Curriculum Plan below:

Curriculum Plan

Further information regarding the individual subjects and their content can be found in the subject pages of the website or by contacting the relevant Head of Department via

Assessment at KS3 is through a combination of Classwork, Homework and Formally Assessed tasks. In the Autumn term at the year 7 parents evening there is a presentation outlining more detail on this, please see below:

Y7 Parents’ Evening – Supporting Student Progress 2019

Different departments have different criteria for assessing the progress of students in their subjects. These criteria can be accessed below:

Click here for information related to Year 7 Progress Criteria