Our curriculum in years 7-11

Curriculum is at the heart of what we do at Shenley Academy. Our curriculum is underpinned by our academy values of aspiration, resilience, respect, responsibility and tolerance.

The pillars of our curriculum are:

  • Subject Specific and Knowledge Rich

  • Character Development

  • Literacy and Mathematics across the curriculum

  • Inclusion

  • Challenge

Our curriculum model is designed to enable students to experience a broad and diverse range of subjects, whilst ensuring that every student gains the high quality qualifications they need for the future.


Key stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9, students study maths, English, science, geography, history, religious education, French or Spanish, art, performing arts, computer science, technology and physical education.

SubjectNo. of Lessons per FortnightContact
Religious Education2Lynne.Murphy@she.E-ACT.org.uk
French or Spanish2Zoe.Benson@she.E-ACT.org.uk
Computer Science2Harjeet.Assee@she.E-ACT.org.uk
Technology4 in years 7 and 8, 2 in year 9Ruby-mai.Ellis@she.E-ACT.org.uk
Art2 in years 7 and 8, 4 in year 9Angela.Fox@she.E-ACT.org.uk
PSHE2 in years 8 and 9Jisun.Youn@she.E-ACT.org.uk
Physical Education4Harpreet.Sohal@she.E-ACT.org.uk
Performing Arts2 in year 7


Key stage 4

In years 10 and 11 students continue to study an academic core which includes maths, English language, English literature, statistics, science and physical education. Students are then able to personalise their curriculum by selecting three additional subjects from geography, history, French, Spanish, art, product design, religious education, health and social care, enterprise and marketing, sports studies, child development and food preparation and nutrition.

All GCSE exams are now graded using a system of numbers 9-1, rather than letters. For more information on this system please click the following link.

What the new GCSEs mean: A guide for parents and carers

In order to support your son/daughter in their examination preparation please find links below to the specifications which are studied in each subject:

SubjectNo. of Lessons per Fortnight
Maths including statistics10EdexcelGCSE (9-1) Mathematics
GCSE Statistics
English10AQAGCSE English Literature
GCSE English Language
Science10AQAGCSE Combined Science: Trilogy
Physical Education (PE)2
Options subjects (students are able to choose three subjects):
Geography6AQAGCSE Geography
History6EdexcelGCSE History
Religious Education6EdexcelGCSE (9-1) Religious Studies B
French or Spanish6AQAGCSE French
GCSE Spanish
Art6AQAGCSE Art and Design specification
Product Design6WJECGCSE Product Design
Food Preparation and Nutrition6AQAGCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
Enterprise and Marketing6OCRCambridge National Enterprise and Marketing
Health & Social Care6OCRCambridge National Health and Social Care
Sports Studies6OCRCambridge National Sports Studies
Child Development6EdexcelPearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2


Homework is an important part of our curriculum. It is used to help students to consolidate their past learning, to prepare for new learning and to develop the revision and recall skills required for examination success. Students are set regular homework in accordance with the Academy’s homework policy.

You can view the homework calendar for your son/daughter by clicking here 

Curriculum plans for each subject

You can view the long term plans for each subject area by clicking on the links below:

ArtDesign TechnologyEnglish
PEReligious EducationScience
Computer ScienceMFLReligious Studies
Enterprise and MarketingChild DevelopmentProduct Design
Food, Nutrition and PreparationHealth and Social CareSports Studies

Additional resources to support the curriculum can be found here.

Options Process 2023

The options letter and booklet, which contain more detailed information about the options process, can be found by clicking on the following links.

Options letter to parents Year 9 Options booklet 2023

There is also a Virtual Options page where you can view presentations about the options process and subject areas, to access this please click the button below.



More information

If you require further details about the curriculum, please contact Mrs Housden on 0121 464 5191 or Emma.Housden@she.E-ACT.org.uk


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