Students on stairsAt Nobel, we offer a curriculum across all Key Stages which:

  • is broad and balanced, offering opportunities for academic, technical and sporting excellence;
  • inspires and engages all students, whatever their ability;
  • fosters a love of learning, a thirst for knowledge and an aspiration to achieve at all levels;
  • prepares students for the next stage in their education, and to be citizens with good character in modern Britain;
  • develops the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all students, whatever their background or beliefs.

KS3

We follow the National Curriculum for KS3. Teaching hours for individual subjects across all key stages can be seen here.

Year 7

  • Students study English, maths, science, humanities (history, geography, RE & PSHCE combined), languages, music, drama, art, DT (food, resistant materials & electronics/CADCAM), IT and PE. We follow the Hertfordshire agreed syllabus for RE, and citizenship is taught through humanities and PSHE.
  • Students who require additional support in literacy are withdrawn from languages for extra support. Most students return to languages lessons in Yr 8, and some continue to receive literacy support through a separate programme.
  • In English, science, languages and PE, students are taught in ability sets across a half year; students may move between sets during the course of a year. In Maths, students are taught in mixed ability groups, with extra provision for the highest and lowest attainers. Other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups, usually form groups. In languages in Yr 7, students in one half of the year group study French and those in the other study German.

Year 8

  • Students study English, maths, science, RE, history, geography, languages, music, drama, art, DT (systems & control, food, and engineering), IT and PE. We follow the Hertfordshire agreed syllabus for RE, and citizenship is taught through RE and PSHE. Students are also able to study Latin as part of our enrichment programme.
  • Students in Yr 8 who still require additional support in literacy are withdrawn from languages for extra support.
  • As in Year 7, in English, science, languages and PE, students are taught in ability sets across a half year; students may move between sets during the course of a year. In maths, students are taught in mixed ability groups, with extra provision for the highest and lowest attainers.
  • In languages in Year 8, students choose to either continue with German, or switch to Spanish or French. This allows students who were withdrawn from languages the previous year to start a language at the same time as other students, and their learning is not held back. The most able students are offered the opportunity to take two languages (French and Mandarin).

Year 9

  • As in years 7 & 8, students study English, maths, science, RE, history, geography, languages, music, art, DT (food, systems & control and resistant materials), IT and PE. We follow the Hertfordshire agreed syllabus for RE , and Citizenship is taught through RE and PSHE. Students are also able to study Latin as part of our enrichment programme.
  • As in Years 7 & 8, in English, science, languages and PE, students are taught in ability sets across a half year; students may move between sets during the course of a year. In maths, students are taught in mixed ability groups, with extra provision for the highest and lowest attainers.
  • In languages in Yr 9, students continue with the language they have studied in Yr 8.
  • The year 9 options process involves all stakeholders via interviews with all students and their parents; these are preceded by presentations, assemblies and work in PSHE on making good choices.

KS4 (Yrs 10 & 11)

  • In order to raise achievement and support student progress, our KS4 curriculum offer is comprised of 4 pathways: Green, Gold and Blue. Students are placed on a pathway based on their aptitudes and ability, with each pathway allowing students the opportunity to achieve their best grades from a choice of subjects which is both broad and balanced.
  • All students study GCSEs in English language, English literature, maths, science & RE (through either a full course GCSE, an integrated humanities GCSE in Yr 11 or non-examined RE for some students in Yr10). In Yr 11, most students study core and additional science; in Yr 10, all students study two science GCSEs. The most able students in KS4 are offered the opportunity to study triple science. Some students in Yr 11 only study core science.
  • Citizenship is taught through GCSE RE/GCSE humanities and PSHE.
  • The Blue pathway, through a reduced number of option choices, provide students with additional curriculum time for English and maths.
  • There is an extensive and varied offer of GCSE and level 1 & 2 technical/applied courses. For the full range of subjects click here.

KS5 (Yrs 12 & 13)

  • A similar pathways model exists for transition into KS5 to raise achievement and to support progress. A student’s pathway is determined by the APS of their best 6 GCSEs, and their English and maths GCSE results; this is set initially based on target grade data, and then reviewed once after the mocks based on teacher predictions, and a second time after final teacher predictions at the end of the spring term.
  • The year 11 options process also involves all stakeholders. There is a Post-16 evening in the Autumn term, followed by interviews with all students and their parents at the beginning of the Spring term, during which students share their initial choices and future aspirations.
  • We offer a full range of A level and level 3 applied/technical courses across the pathways, as well as resit maths and English GCSEs (or a level 2 equivalent) for those who did not achieve them at the end of Yr 11. For the full range of subjects click here.
  • The extra-curricular offer at KS5 includes the EPQ, Young Enterprise & Latin.
  • Our post 16 offer is enhanced by the consortium arrangements with the other Stevenage Sixth schools. This allows us to develop a level 2 pathway for students who have not yet secured 5 A*-Cs by the end of Yr 11.
  • Enrichment activities & SMC

Enrichment activities & SMSC

  • Students have access to a wide range of enrichment and extension activities offered through extra-curricular activities. These include lunchtime & after school clubs, house activities, sporting activities & competitions and residential & day trips. For details of the full extra-curricular offer, click here. These contribute to the highly effective promotion of SMSC across the school.

For further information on our curriculum offer, please contact Rebecca Cox, Assistant Headteacher via becky.cox@nobel.herts.sch.uk.

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