Students at Kingswood School achieve excellent academic results through excellent teaching, small class sizes and significant support. However, the mark of a good education is not to just prepare for examinations but to develop a love of learning that will take our students both through and beyond their time at Kingswood School. We are keen to challenge our pupils intellectually and encourage independent thought at all times. Active participation in lessons through discussion, practical activities, educational visits and role play is considered vital to all our pupils' progress. Our curriculum at Kingswood enables us to build on our pupils' past educational experiences and allows them to achieve deeper understanding of, and greater competence in, each aspect of the curriculum as they move through Kingswood. Formative assessment plays a central role in lessons, contributing to a learning experience which is a genuinely personal partnership between pupils, teachers and parents.
Key Stage Three
When pupils move into Year 7, our aim is to give them a taste of as many subjects as possible, so that when they make I/GCSE curriculum choices in Year 9, they have a wide selection of interests to choose from. In Year 7 pupils study English, Maths, Science, two languages (chosen from German, Spanish and French), History, Geography, RE, Art, DT, Drama, ICT, Music, PSHCE, PE and Games. Latin is added in Year 8 and there is an option to study Classical Civilisation in Year 9. IGCSE courses in Religious Studies and the three separate sciences commence in Year 9.
GCSE and IGCSE
Core subjects of English Language and Literature, Maths, the three sciences (Chemistry, Physics and Biology) as well as a modern foreign language, Religious Studies, General Studies, PE and Games form the basis of the Kingswood I/GCSE curriculum. In addition, students at Kingswood choose three options taken from Art, Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama, EAL, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education and Spanish.
When pupils receive their GCSE results in 2018 they will no longer be awarded A*-G grades in the vast majority of subjects (Design Technology and Classical Civilisation being the exceptions). Instead they will receive a number from 9-1 (9 being the highest) for the subjects studied. Currently the Department for Education considers a good pass to be a C grade – this will rise to a 5 under the new grading system, thus raising the bar nationally. New grade 7 is equivalent to the bottom of a current A grade. You can see and download a copy of the new grading system.
You can access further information from the DFE.
Students study three or, in some cases, four subjects from the following list: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Critical Thinking, Design and Technology, Drama and Theatre, Economics, English Literature, French, German, Geography, Government and Politics, History, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education, Religious Studies or Spanish. There is also the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Learn more about the Sixth Form.