Curriculum Pathways

Including the promotion of British Values

The focus at Thomas Gainsborough School is on educating the whole person and providing young people with the experiences and opportunities that will help them to achieve success wherever their talents and interests might lead.

Our Curriculum

The curriculum at Thomas Gainsborough School is designed to meet the needs of all our learners. It is a broad curriculum, characterised by stretch, challenge, specialisms and the development of the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of students within both formal time tabled lessons as well as the wealth of extra-curricular activities and experiences promoted through the year.

Our curriculum provides a set of pathways for students all the way from Year 7 to Year 13 and beyond. We aim to ensure that a students’ learning journey is smooth and seamless from the day they join the school through to sitting their final exams in our Sixth Form before they leave us at 18 to go on to University or the world of work.


Curriculum Content

All students study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, PE and RE throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.

In KS3 all students study the range of Humanities and Modern Foreign Language subjects along with Design Technology, Art, Drama, Music, Dance and IT. At KS4, all students continue with their core subjects and select four option subjects to study. In the Sixth Form, students study a range of three or four subjects alongside the extended Project Qualification.

Our curricular and extra-curricular activities actively encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and develop a clear understanding of British values such as democracy, mutual respect and tolerance.

Progression through the curriculum is seen as students develop a wide range of skills, knowledge and understanding.


Organisation of the curriculum

Classes at KS3 are set based on students’ prior attainment following consultation with parents and partner schools. The curriculum that children then study is then based on each child’s strengths, skills and aptitudes.

Our current Year 8 and 9 curriculum sees all students studying the full range of subjects from their core through to Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages, Design Technology as well as Art, Drama, Music and IT. For our current Year 7 students, we offer four learning pathways (Broad, Grammar, STEM and Access). All subjects, as above, are represented in each of these four pathways. The Grammar Pathway has a greater emphasis on Humanities and Languages whilst the STEM Pathway sees a greater emphasis on Science and Technology specialisms.

At Key Stage 4 students are set based on prior attainment and progress within core subjects and are taught within mixed ability classes in option subjects.


Our learning environments

The facilities at the school have been developed in recent years to meet the needs of our diverse curriculum. Our curriculum areas are in suited rooms and laboratories all furnished to high standards. We have outstanding Sports facilities, excellent Media Studies, Dance and Drama Studios and our Engineering Suite contains equipment that is industry standard; we continue to develop the learning environment to meeting the changing needs world that we live in and to ensure that our students continue to thrive.

Key Stage 3 Pathways

Key Stage 4 Pathways


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