Our Curriculum Offer

Kenton School aims to offer a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares pupils for the demands of life in Britain in the Twenty First Century. The bedrock of the curriculum is built on a solid grounding in English and Maths. This is supported by a robust approach to numeracy and literacy across the curriculum. In every subject pupils are expected to write some extended writing at least every six weeks.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is split into three 'Populations'. Population 1 houses the most gifted pupils in the school largely based on their Key Stage 2 results but supported by strong internal baseline testing in Year 7. These 90 pupils receive a slightly different curriculum diet which includes Computing and the opportunity to study more than one language.

Populations two and three equally share the rest of Year 7, 8 and 9 taught in sets largely based on their academic achievement and supported by termly module testing. Subject Leaders are free to develop their own assessment but do so with an understanding of the testing system at GCSE to gradually prepare pupils for the demands of linear examinations as they move through the school.

Pupils at Key Stage 3 will study

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Performing Arts
  • A Modern Foreign Language
  • Humanities
  • Ethics and Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Technology

Technology is taught in a carousel in Years 7, 8 and 9 to allow all pupils the chance to sample each subject within Technology and specialise in a subject in Year 10 should they wish to do so.

At Key Stage 4 pupils opt for their GCSE subjects. In some subjects this is done at the end of Year 8 into Year 9. At this time pupils will specialise in either Spanish or French and either history or Geography.

Pupils must also at the end of Year 8 opt for an Art subject. This is compulsory and is designed to ensure creativity permeates through our curriculum. Currently pupils will choose from:

  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Ceramics
  • GCSE Graphics
  • GCSE Textiles
  • GCSE Photography

This year we have added GCSE Music into this option block as pupils have expressed a desire to broaden the Art choices slightly.

All pupils then make further choices at the end of Year 10, complemented by the core subjects of English Maths and Science as well as Religious Studies/Ethics and Philosophy, which will include the range of subjects in the following link: All courses. Here you will have access to details about the GCSE and Equivalent courses we offer at Kenton School. The most able pupils are guided towards EBACC choices and Triple Sciences which does limit the scope of their options but this is complemented by the Art Option which runs from Year 9.

Pupils with lower Key Stage 2 scores on entry are encouraged to fully access the same offers as all other pupils but are often supported by access to Level 1 courses at Key Stage 4 and are given an exciting level 2 offer at Key Stage 5.

Pupils have the SMSC aspect of the curriculum addressed in Life Skills lessons which take place as a discreet period during extended tutorial time on a Tuesday. Here pupils are taught about tolerance, learn topics surrounding Personal Social and Health Education and given careers advice.

Key Stage 5

We believe in a truly comprehensive Post 16 curriculum at Kenton, providing opportunities as with Key Stage 3 and 4 for all learners. We provide Level 2 (GCSE) completion opportunities across a range of subjects, whilst in 2017 having the highest Value Added score (progress from GCSE to A Level) of any state school in Newcastle upon Tyne in academic A Levels. There is a balance of both academic and vocational subjects on offer, both areas perform well.

Students who are supported with their Special Educational Needs are encouraged to remain at Kenton in to Post 16 and access the best support possible. We also have a bespoke programme that offers students the chance to work on a range of emotional and behavioural skills to combat difficulties they may face away from school. Also students with English as an additional language can be supported to achieve their GCSE grades in English and Maths if necessary, but also access some A Level or BTEC subjects which allow them to make the next progress steps.

Our curriculum allows you to choose a range of subjects suited to your needs, with an option of subjects that include Psychology, Media, Ceramics and English Literature, as well as Engineering, Business Studies and Sport. Any subject has defined entry requirements to help influence and motivate the students and it is integral that you understand the impact of your GCSE results on what you are able to do next. We try and include subjects that are studied at GCSE as a pathway on to either work-related learning or more commonly university experience. We also have a link with Studio West within our Academy Trust; this allows students from both sites access to a range of courses that they may study across two sites, or may mean they are able to access high level work experience placements that can be linked to a degree level apprenticeship later.

As well as this students are encouraged to play an active role in the life of the school. Our student leaders in Year 13 are the Presidents of the Student Council, which play an active role in the decision making process of student enrichment. We also have a Lifeskills programme that includes areas that are important to all areas of life, such as financial support and information about loans, credit cards etc. We look at trying to enrich the student experience as much as possible so that when students leave us at the end of Year 13, they do so as well rounded, aspirational and high achieving students.

Courses by Key Stage

A full list of courses and qualifications offered by academic year has been provided to help parents/carers and learners discuss the best options for study at our school.

On each page, you will find details of:

  • The awarding body for the course
  • The qualification the course provides
  • A link to the course specification provided by the awarding body (where available)
  • The academic year(s) who are taught the course
  • A link to details about the Department who teaches the course
  • Details of how the course is taught at Kenton

How to find out more about our curriculum

If you would like to know more about any aspect of our curriculum offer from Key Stage 3 through to 5 then please contact Richard Devlin (Vice Principal) at

If you have a Safeguarding issue, please contact us as soon as possible and talk to a Designated Member of staff.

At Kenton School we strictly follow the principles and rules as outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education policy.

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