The school timetable is organised as a 2-week cycle of 50 lessons with 5 one-hour periods each day. Subjects taught and the types of teaching groups are as follows (numbers in brackets indicate how many lessons are taught in that subject each cycle):
Students are taught in mixed-ability form classes for English (7), maths (7), science (6), integrated humanities (11), PE (4), Spanish or French (4), computing (2), design and technology (3), drama (2), music (2) and art (2). Students with the highest attainment scores from primary school, and native Spanish speakers, study French; all other students (the majority) study Spanish. The English curriculum for students who require additional support to meet national standards is delivered in the form of small-group, literacy-focussed lessons. One English lesson per cycle takes place in the library and students take part in the Accelerated Reader programme of study. One lesson of maths per cycle is delivered through the use of ICT (and this remains the case until the end of Year 11.)
The curriculum in Y8 is the same as it is in Year 7, with these exceptions:
- Students are put into sets according to ability in maths and Spanish.
- Integrated humanities divides itself to some extent into its component parts – Citizenship and Religious Studies (2) Geography (4) and History (4).
- Science gains an additional lesson per cycle (7)
Students are taught in form classes only for Computing (2) in the Autumn term – from January onwards, they are taught in ability sets. They remain in ability sets in maths (7), science (7), Spanish (5) and English (7). They are organised into mixed ability groups for humanities: History (4), Geography (4) and Religious Studies and Citizenship (4). All students continue to study PE (4) and choose 2 from 5 practical subjects – music, drama, art, food technology and product design (each option for 4 lessons per cycle).
Students study a core GCSE offer of maths (9), English Language and Literature (9) and Combined Science, which is worth 2 GCSEs (9). All students study PE (3).
In addition, most students choose 4 options for GCSE (or BTEC Level 2) study from the following (each for 5 lessons per cycle): history, geography, Spanish, citizenship, religious studies, business studies, computing or ICT, drama, art, music, media studies, health and social care (BTEC), sociology, triple science, product design. Orange and Purple pathway students choose 3 options and receive additional literacy and numeracy support in the remaining curriculum time. Students can sit a GCSE in a community language, if they are native speakers and demonstrate appropriate capability in reading and writing in that language.
The same is true for Year 11 (this year only) as it is for Year 10 with the following differences:
- 3 options rather than 4
- Orange pathway students sit core science, not combined
- Orange pathway students study BTEC Level 1 Workskills
- PE is 4 lessons per cycle
(Note that subjects in italics are not running this year due to the number of applicants, but these subjects have been offered)
Level 3/AS Level
- Year 12 Students who meet the entry criteria, study 3 (or in exceptional circumstances 4) AS levels or equivalent Level 3 BTEC courses from the following:
- AS levels - English language, English literature, maths, history, government and politics, geography, economics, ICT, performing arts (drama), photography, music technology, media studies, sociology, product design, biology, chemistry, physics, film studies, Spanish, citizenship, religious studies, French, food technology and fine art.
- BTEC Level 3 - business studies, health and social care
- Other Level 3 vocational qualification – Financial Services Certificate
- Students who do not meet the Level 3 criteria can choose from the following Level 2 qualifications and progress the following year to Level 3:
BTEC sport, production/creative media or business studies
GCSE law, psychology or personal finance
- Students who have not met the Grade C threshold in English or maths in Year 11 have to study and retake GCSEs in these subjects (or, for those students with lower grades, literacy or numeracy courses)
Level 1 = Vocational Studies, literacy and numeracy
Students who had studied Level 3 BTECs or AS levels in Year 12 continue to do so for a second year, with AS progressing to A2 (or in future, ‘A Level’). Some students who started 4 AS courses will continue to study 3 of these to A2.
Further information regarding the curriculum at Haverstock is available by contacting the Curriculum Deputy Head Teacher, Michael Kenward, via the school’s administration email address.