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Hugh Christie Curriculum

YEAR 7 & 8 – KEY STAGE 3

The REAL (Relevant Engaging Active Learning) curriculum is an integral part of our Key Stage 3 curriculum. This is delivered by one teacher and covers the national curriculum subjects of History, Geography, Citizenship, Religious Education, PHSE (Personal Health Social Education), ICT, Character and Leadership skills. A project based approach is used to develop skills across subjects

In Year 7 and 8, students are streamed in advisory groups based on three ability bands. Students can move between bands if appropriate.

BAND 1 (highest 20%) study English, Maths, Science, REAL, Arts, PE, French, German or Spanish and Design & Technology, Computing in ability groups.

BAND 2 study Maths, REAL (including English and Science integrated as part), Arts, PE, French, German or Spanish (as appropriate), Design & Technology, Computing in ability groups.

BAND 3 (lowest 5-10%) will study Maths, REAL (including English and Science integrated as part), Arts, PE, Design & Technology and Computing.

PHSE is delivered by different curriculum subjects throughout the year. 

In March of Year 8, students will opt for which subjects they will study in Year 9.


All students study;

  • GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature in ability sets
  • GCSE Mathematics in ability sets
  • GCSE Science – double or separate subjects (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) in ability sets.
  • Up to an additional four subjects selected on the basis of the child’s interest and / or ability. Subjects available in 2016 were:
Block A Block B Block C Block D  
Food Technology  Art Art Business  
Geography French Food Technology Drama  
History History German Geography  
Product Design Photography Photography Music  
Textiles Supported Study Travel and Tourism PE  


All students will participate in RE (Religious Education), PE, PHSE and a two weeks work experience placement.

A Baccalaureate group (for our most able students) will study GCSE History or Geography, GCSE French or Spanish plus one other GCSE option. Other students will study up to three additional GCSE subjects or applied subjects. Examinations in most courses will take place at the end of Year 11 with some students selected for early entry where appropriate.

A very small number of students are offered work based alternative courses at The Lighthouse Project to suit their particular learning needs. Justin Sheppard (Head of Upper School) oversees the allocation of this alternative provision (see page 51).

YEAR 12 and 13 – KEY STAGE 5

All students in Year 11 are expected to remain in education or be involved in apprenticeships or other work based training until the age of 18.

Students will be able to choose a range of courses available at Hugh Christie. These are mostly at Advanced Level (Level 3) standard or the equivalent but some alternative Level 2 courses are also available. The school also offers an apprenticeship scheme and Football Academy programme with Tonbridge Angels.

Students would normally study three or four subjects for the entire two years of their A level courses.

Subjects offered in 2016 were:

Block A Block B Block C Block D Block E
Maths Photography Art Fashion Literature
Media Product Design Geography Health and Social  
  Biology Chemistry Physics  
  History IT Sports  
    Sports Business studies  
    Business studies    
                                                                          Level 2 provision  



PHSE (Personal, Health and Social Education) at Hugh Christie is delivered as part of the curriculum.

The key areas covered include:

  • Citizenship
  • Sex and relationships education*
  • Drug education including alcohol and tobacco
  • Emotional health and well being
  • Physical activity
  • Safety
  • Healthy eating

* Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Sex and Relationship education, please contact Mr. Bargery at the School should you wish to discuss this.