Cumberland School’s curriculum aims to offer a broad and balanced education, tailored to pupils of all abilities and across the full age range.
Key Stage 3
All pupils in Year7, Year 8 and Year 9 are taught a curriculum that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, studying Religious Studies, Mathematics, English, Science, French, History, Geography, Technology, ICT, Art, Music, Physical Education and PDE (Personal Development Education). Technology included Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials and Graphics. Support is provided for pupils with particular special education needs.
In Year 7, pupils are taught in mixed ability classes except in Mathematics, where they are set by ability on entry. In Year 8 and Year 9, they continue to be set for Mathematics and are also set by ability in Science.
A number of subjects currently operate a two-year Key Stage 3 course of study and start their Key Stage 4 courses in Year 9. These include Mathematics, ICT and Religious Studies. Setting in Science allows the most able pupils to begin Key Stage 4 courses in Year 9 and enables them to take the three separate Sciences ~ Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Key Stage 4
A varied and challenging curriculum has been developed at key Stage 4. All pupils study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, Physical Education and ICT.
Pupils also choose four options from a range of subjects, which include:
Single Option Subjects:
Art, Drama, French, Spanish, History, Geography, Sociology, Media Studies, Music, Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Additional Science, Psychology, Textiles Technology.
Double Option Subjects:
Business, Health and Social Care, Performing Arts, ICT, Work Skills.
We have developed a range of alternative courses with local providers which complement the Key Stage 4 curriculum. All pupils in Year 10 undertake work experience of two weeks’ duration.
Pupils who are literate in a community language are encouraged to take a GCSE in that language.
Our Religious Education curriculum is based on Newham’s agreed syllabus, which has been ratified by Newham Council, local teachers and representatives of all major faiths and denominations. It ensures that our pupils gain an understanding of all world religions.