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Key Stage 3

 

What is Key Stage 3?

Key Stage 3 is the foundation of the students' seven-year journey at St Simon Stock Catholic School. Their learning in Key Stage 3 prepares them for Key Stage 4, when students study for GCSE qualifications, and in turn for Key Stage 5, when students study for A Level, International Baccalaureate or BTEC qualifications.

 

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum from September 2021 currently consists of the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education, all of which students continue to study to GCSE Level in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11). The other timetabled Key Stage 3 subjects are Art, Computer Science and Information Technology, Design Technology, Drama, a Modern Foreign Language (either French or Spanish depending on the timetable band students are placed in), Geography, History, Music, Personal, Social and Health Education and Physical Education.

 

Please note that in 2020 we commenced a phased move towards a Three-Year Key Stage 3 (i.e. Years 7, 8 and 9) followed by a Two-Year Key Stage 4 (i.e. Years 10 & 11). This means that our current Year 7 students, who joined us in September 2020, are the first cohort to follow the pathway of a 3-Year Key Stage 3  in Years 7, 8 and 9 (commencing September 2020) followed by a 2-Year Key Stage 4  in Years 10 and 11 (commencing September 2023).

 

Key Stage 3

Summary of Curriculum Time 2021 - 2022

Years 7 to 8 – hour per fortnight

 

 

Year 7

Year 8

Religious Education

5

5

English

7

7

Mathematics

6

6

Science

6

6

Art

2

2

Computer Science & IT

2

2

Design & Technology

3

3

Drama/Oracy

2

2

French or Spanish

5

5

Geography

3

3

History

3

3

Music

2

2

Personal, Social & Health Education 

1

1

Physical Education

3

3

 

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Further information about the Key Stage 3 curriculum, including detailed course outlines for each of the separate subjects, can be found on the Curriculum Intent page of our school website. 

How we Assess Learning in Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 teachers assess the students' attainment using the criteria of Emerging, Developing, Secured and Mastered. In addition, we grade students Attitude to Learning. To view a template of the progress review, which we send home three times a year, click on the link below. There is also a separate link, which gives you more information about our Attitude to Learning grades.

Home Learning in Key Stage 3

Each subject sets one homework task per week although there may be some occasions where a longer project may be assigned that covers, for example, 2-3 weeks. Guided time per subject is 20-30 minutes and 60-90 minutes total per evening. Students are also taught how to use their time for Independent Learning of the topics they study, so that they can extend their learning through their own reading/research.

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.

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Trust Information

St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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