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Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
Aristotle

Academic Curriculum

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

Holyport College was founded on the principle that it is the fundamental entitlement of every young person, regardless of background or ability, to study a meaningful and broad range of academic subjects and to have the opportunity to gain appropriate qualifications in the full range of these subjects. Our teaching staff are chosen for their depth of subject knowledge and their genuine love for their subjects and, through them, we aim to challenge and inspire our students and to engender a lifelong love of learning.


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, all students will study the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, Spanish (or French for some students joining in Year 9), Geography, History, R.S., Music, Computing, Drama, Art, Physical Education. In all subject areas, the curriculum and assessment framework have been designed around developing the skills students will need to be successful in their studies of each subject (including literacy and numeracy where appropriate) as well as extending their knowledge of subject content. Students sit Trials (formal examinations) in each subject three times per year plus two further interim assessments. The Key Stage 3 curriculum serves to develop students’ learning in each subject, to inspire an interest in the further study of that subject and to ensure that students are prepared for the rigours of the GCSE courses which begin in Year 10.

YEAR 7 - CLICK ON EACH SUBJECT FOR DETAILED CURRICULUM
Maths
English
Science
History
Geography
Religious Studies
Spanish
Art
Drama
Boys PE
Girls PE
Computer Science
Personal Development

YEAR 8 - CLICK ON EACH SUBJECT FOR DETAILED CURRICULUM
Maths
English
Science
History
Geography
Religious Studies
Spanish
Art
Drama
Boys PE
Girls PE
Computer Science
Music
Personal Development

YEAR 9 - CLICK ON EACH SUBJECT FOR DETAILED CURRICULUM
Maths
English
Science
History
Geography
Religious Studies
French
Spanish
Art
Drama
Boys PE
Girls PE
Computer Science
Music
Personal Development

Key Stage 4

The GCSE curriculum is designed around the principle that, through studying a broad range of academic subjects until the age of sixteen, students will have a greater range of options and opportunities available to them in the next stages of their education. Students choose their GCSE Options in May of Year 9. All students take either nine or ten GCSEs (depending on whether they take Trilogy or separate Sciences). 

The following subjects are compulsory for all students at GCSE: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Sciences (all students begin a “triple Science” pathway in Year 10. In Year 11, some students will move to a Trilogy pathway to ensure that each individual is on the most appropriate pathway), Spanish or French, History or Geography.

Students must then choose three of the following GCSE Options in addition to those above: Geography, History, Spanish, French, Art, Music, Computing, Drama, RS, PE, Latin.

YEAR 10 - CLICK ON EACH SUBJECT FOR DETAILED CURRICULUM

Maths - Foundation Higher
English
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
History
Geography
Religious Studies
French
Spanish
Computer Science

Music
Art
Drama
Boys PE   Boys PE GCSE
Girls PE Girls PE GCSE
Personal Development

YEAR 11 - CLICK ON EACH SUBJECT FOR DETAILED CURRICULUM

Maths - Foundation Higher
English
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
History
Science - Double Award
Geography
Religious Studies
French
Computer Science
Music
Art
Drama
Personal Development

Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form curriculum is based around high quality, academic A Level courses. The stated aim of our Sixth Form is to meet the needs of those students who have the ability and ambition to gain entry to Oxford, Cambridge or Russell Group Universities (or equivalent international institutions). To this end, we are academically selective at Sixth Form level, admitting only those students whose GCSE grades serve as evidence of their ability to succeed on more demanding courses such as these. All of our A Levels are two year, linear courses chosen for their rigour  and we offer them in the following subjects: English Literature, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computing, Geography, History, Spanish, French, Latin, Art, Music, Economics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Physical Education.

Co-Curriculum

All students at Holyport College are expected to actively engage in our co-curriculum. The co-curriculum operates in parallel with the academic curriculum to ensure that our students are rounded, positive and enthusiastic young people who embrace opportunity and who apply themselves wholeheartedly to all areas of College life. There are extensive opportunities in a wide variety of different sports (much of which is compulsory for all year groups), in music, drama and the arts and through a huge array of other clubs and activities from debating to capoeira. There is also extensive academic enrichment with students having access to a weekly programme of high quality visiting speakers at the College (Sixth Form students can also attend Society events at Eton College on a weekly basis) and other regular opportunities for academic extension within the school day. 

Extended Opportunities

Further to this, the College actively encourages all department areas to run frequent trips and visits to enrich our students’ learning and to allow them to contextualise this learning within the wider world. There are regular trips to theatres, galleries, museums and places of worship; all students are encouraged to take part in our extensive programme of sports fixtures; Sixth Form students regularly attend national conferences in their chosen subject areas; younger students have the opportunity to attend a residential outdoor activity trip in the Summer. All students also have the opportunity to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and older students can join the College’s CCF Corp. There is also an extensive programme of international trips including ski trips and sports tours and trips to Iceland, Italy, France and Japan.

For more information about the College’s curriculum, please see below, or contact the Head Master, Mr B McCarey (for key stages 3 and 4) at hmpa@holyportcollege.org.uk or the Assistant Head - Sixth Form, Mr G Alford (key stage 5) on g.alford@holyportcollege.org.uk