A selective school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. Day and Boarding

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KS3 Curriculum

Our core purpose at Key Stage 3 is to deliver an engaging and challenging curriculum through outstanding teaching and learning. We aim to instill independence, resilience and aspiration, underpinned by core knowledge, enabling students to be confident and ready to meet the demands of a broad GCSE curriculum. Our students are also expected to be willing and capable contributors to a wider school community, participating and leading in a wide range of co-curricular activities.

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The table below shows the number of lessons per fortnight by subject for each year from 7 to 9. Each lesson lasts 55 minutes, except period 1 every day which is 50 minutes.

*In Year 9, students choose two out of French, Spanish or Latin



On arrival at Cranbrook School in Year 7, pupils are placed in mixed ability tutor groups as part of Sellers House. In Years 7 and 8, pupils are taught in these groups for most subjects.

Pupils experience a broad range of subjects at Key Stage 3. At the end of Year 8, pupils make two ‘pre-options choices’ in languages for Year 9, choosing from Latin, French or Spanish.

On entering Year 9, students are divided in to mixed ability tutor groups, within one of the following Day Houses: Allan, Horsley, Webster. Those joining us in boarding are placed within single sex houses: Blubery and Scott for girls, and School Lodge for boys. In the Spring of Year 9, students select GCSE options that meet the requirements of the EBacc.

Setting is gradually introduced in core subjects in Year 9 so that they can be taught in ability groups which match both their strengths and capabilities.

For a more comprehensive look at the Key Stage 3 curriculum for 2019-2020, please click here.

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