Our Curriculum

Aims and approach

Everything we offer as a school is our Curriculum. What goes on outside the classroom has a huge impact on what happens within it in terms of our values of ‘courage, commitment and compassion’, alongside developing skills and forging relationships.

With this in mind, we are conscious at Bedale High School that our curriculum extends further than the subjects taught in classrooms, then the exams taken and the grades achieved. It encompasses our extra-curricular clubs, trips and activities, our pastoral programme, assemblies and additional curricular activities.  We provide a space where each child can learn and flourish, achieving their very best and developing the qualities and skills that will allow them to make a positive contribution to the world around them.

Through personalising the learning as much as possible, we strive to unlock the potential of all students and to maximise their progress through different pathways at KS4, explained below.).

Subject specific information can be found in the Faculty pages on this website. The most recent GCSE Options booklet (for Y9 students making their choices) is available below. For any further curriculum related enquiries, please email Mr Gill, Deputy Head with oversight of the Curriculum. 

The aim of the curriculum at Bedale High School is to develop the knowledge, skills and values each student will need to become a fully capable individual who can contribute positively to the life of society.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) all students follow separate courses in English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Geography, History, Computing, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Drama, Design Technology and Food.

All students begin French in Year 7, before taking up either French or German at GCSE.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) students work towards a maximum of 10 subjects at GCSE. Most students take full GCSEs in English and English Literature; Mathematics; Biology, Chemistry and Physics (or Combined Science).

They then choose four further GCSEs from a Modern Foreign Language, Art, Computer Science, Performing Arts, Geography, Sports Studies, History, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education and a range of Technology Options (Food, Textiles or Design Technology). Some students can include in this offer extra numeracy and literacy support as an additional option.

In addition to these courses, all students follow a core element of PE and PSHE throughout Key Stage 4. This pattern of choice ensures students follow a broad and balanced curriculum.

At Bedale High School, our curriculum will:

  • Ensure that the sequence of learning builds on previous knowledge whilst supporting future progression;
  • Lead to qualifications that are of worth for employers and for entry to further and higher education;
  • Enable all students to develop commitment and fulfil their true potential;
  • Teach our students to be courageous and make brave choices;
  • Meet the needs of students of all abilities at our school;
  • Allow students to develop compassion and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • Prepare students to compete in the global economy;
  • Prepare students to make informed choices at the end of KS3, KS4 and beyond.

Assessment and reporting

At Bedale High School we ensure that all assessment is ongoing, accurate and meaningful. There is a clear assessment model for KS3 and KS4 that have a common language. We also have a whole school cycle of ‘revise, assess, AFL’ that allow teachers to respond to all emerging issues identified from assessments.

The school places a strong emphasis on monitoring students’ progress. Subject teachers constantly assess and monitor each individual with the aim of improving achievement

Parents receive progress and attitude to learning assessments using our framework for learning as well as an annual report on their child’s progress in all subject areas. In addition, they are invited to an annual parents’ evening and can contact the school at any time if they have concerns about their child’s work.

Below is a timetable for issuing reports:

Year Report 1 Report 2 Report 3
7 November February June
8 November February June
9 November March July
10 November March July
11 October January April

To find out more information about the different subject departments click on the links below.

Subject Overviews 

If parents / carers would like to find out more information about the curriculum at Bedale High School, please contact Mr.Gill