Curriculum Information

Curriculum Intent

As a Church school all we do is underpinned by Scripture, striving to ensure that everyone within our community is supported and encouraged to always give of their best irrespective of their situation or starting point.

To this end the curriculum offered within the school, both in terms of what happens inside the classroom, and beyond, is rooted in a desire to bring out the best in all students and help guide and prepare them to be hard working, decent, honest young adults who are well placed to leave the school and make a positive contribution to society. In order to facilitate this the school, through its core values of ‘Accomplishment, Humility and Service’, looks to the development of the individual academically, socially, spiritually and in terms of the strength of their character. Students are encouraged and guided to be critical, collaborative and motivated to challenge and stretch themselves and those around them.

At the heart of our curriculum lies an entitlement for all students to be given the opportunity to experience the full range of subjects on offer within the National Curriculum and beyond. All students within Key Stage 3 experience practical subjects and those within the Arts, alongside more traditionally ‘academic’ subjects; students are then encouraged to continue to study as wide a range of subjects as possible at Key Stages 4, irrespective of their starting points. The school’s broad ‘A’ Level offer enables all students at Key Stage 5 to study courses and content best suited to their future pathways.  In support of this the school is committed to ensuring all are given access to subject specialist teachers, Careers and SRE programme and wide ranging opportunities outside of the classroom. All aspects of the wider school curriculum are designed to foster an understanding in the students of the world around them, a tolerance of and an appreciation for the differences within it, within an atmosphere of rigour and challenge.

Students within the school are supported in the development of skills which are both knowledge and skills based; they are helped to understand key concepts, how these ‘fit’ into the wider scope of the subject and how they can be applied to differing aspects of their studies. Resilience, the belief that all are capable of making significant and sustained progress and the development of the appropriate mindset in which to accomplish this is constantly reinforced in all aspects of school life and supported through regular feedback and communication with all appropriate stakeholders. This is embodied in Colossians 3:23:

 ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart’

All subjects within the school also have an intent statement which is specific to their particular curriculum.

These can be viewed at the beginning of the individual Subject Curriculum Booklets


At Hutton the curriculum is split into three key stages, Key Stage 3 – Year 7, 8 & 9, Key Stage 4 – Year 10 & 11 and Key Stage 5 – Year 12 & 13

We have planned and sequenced the curriculum so that pupils cumulatively build skills and knowledge in each subject over time and, with regard to the end of Key Stage 3, specialise only when necessary.

Curriculum Structure

At Key Stage 3, all students study (hours per fortnight): 

  En Ma Rs Bi Ch Ph Ar IT DT Hi Gg Fr Dr Mu PE Pd
Y7 7 6 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 6 1 2 6 2
Y8 7 6 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 3 3 6 2 6 1
Y9 7 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 6 2 6 1

We adhere to the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum which sets out the programmes of study for all subjects.

When students arrive at Hutton in Year 7 they are allocated, using a combination of end of Key Stage 2 data and in school baseline assessment, a ‘band’ alongside other students of similar aptitude and ability; movement within and between bands is regularly discussed and actioned as appropriate. All students experience the same curricular diet and high expectation of challenge/progress with additional support provided as necessary (for additional detail and information regarding the school’s SEND provision please contact the school and ask for the SEND department).

At Key Stage 4, all pupils study (hours per fortnight): 

  Compulsory GCSE Subjects Compulsory non-GCSE Subjects GCSE Option Subjects (x4)
  English Maths RS Science PE/Games  
Y10 8 8 2 8 4 4
Y11 8 6 4 8 4 4

For more specific information for each subject offered at Key Stage 4 please refer to the school’s Options Booklet which can be found on the ‘KS4 Curriculum and GCSE Options’ page under the ‘Curriculum’ tab

At Key Stage 5, all students study (hours per fortnight): 

  A Level Subjects EPQ Form Period
Y12 9 2  
Y13 9   2

 At Key Stage 5 we specialise in A level provision, currently offering 24 subjects taught in 9 lessons per fortnight. 

Our subject columns are determined upon receipt of applications and we aim to offer as many subject combinations as possible.  Once the columns are decided in March, all applicants receive a copy and are asked to indicate their 3 choices (4 if agreed during the application and interview process). 

Student choices can be changed at any point up to enrolment but the option columns will remain unchanged.

For more specific information for each subject offered at Key Stage 5 please refer to the A Level course guides for each subject on the Sixth Form section of the website.

Details of how we assess students and the calendar for doing so, can be found under the Assessments & Exam Information tab.