Madeley School Curriculum Statement

Our curriculum at Madeley School is underpinned by our core values of:

  • Pride and respect
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Aspiration
  • Positivity
  • Enjoyment
  • Politeness

Curriculum Intent

At Madeley School, we are committed to providing a curriculum, which inspires excellence in all its forms and gives all pupils the opportunity to experience success.  This curriculum, which is knowledge and experience rich, encourages depth of study and a life-long love of learning, celebrates British values and prepares our pupils with a wealth of transferable skills.  As a result, our pupils will be healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals who contribute positively as citizens in the global society of tomorrow.

Curriculum Principles:

  • The curriculum is flexible and ambitious for all students from different starting points.
  • A curriculum that encourages breadth for study at KS3. 
  • A curriculum that addresses the needs of pupils from a fully comprehensive range of backgrounds.
  • The curriculum in all subjects is planned and sequenced so that new skills and knowledge build on prior learning.
  • A curriculum that strongly encourages student to follow the EBacc where this is appropriate in line with the philosophy of the Trust.
  • A curriculum that offers stretch and challenge to all, over 5 years through the setting of Aspirational targets (FFTD20)
  • A curriculum that focuses on depth before breadth in subject content through spiral curriculum teaching.
  • A curriculum that recognises the importance of Mathematics and English which is reflected in the additional curriculum time allocated to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
  • A curriculum that offers intervention and additional challenge, where required,  to ensure all students make at least national rates of progress.
  • A curriculum that ensures all student progress in line with, if not exceeding national expectations in all subject areas.
  • An extended curriculum programme that offers a wide variety of sporting opportunities, arts club, STEM,  catch-up and master classes.
  • A curriculum where All students will have the opportunity to experience residential trips.
  • A curriculum that seeks to embed CIAG opportunities into all subjects to create high aspirations.
  • A curriculum with an extensive Personal Development programme encompassing SRE, Citizenship, CIAG, financial capability and personal development that seeks to equip all students with essential life skills. 
  • A curriculum that seeks to address social disadvantage and increase cultural capacity in the classroom and wider school experiences.

The Curriculum

We offer a very broad 3 year curriculum at KS3, covering 14 subjects, meeting all the requirements of the National Curriculum requirements.  This is taught in 50 hours of contact time in a 2 week cycle.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 through 9)

The curriculum includes:

  • English – including English mastery (Yr 7 to Y9)
  • Mathematics – Key Stage 3 is part of the 5-year journey with a focus on mastery
  • Science
  • Spanish 
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Performing Arts – Drama
  • Music
  • Arts (including the Arts Award)
  • Computing
  • Physical Education (two hours per week)
  • Technology, including Food, Preparation & Nutrition
  • Personal Development - Covering PSHEe, CIAG, Citizenship, SRE, Health and Wellbeing and Study Skills

For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal from languages to enable them to rapidly catch up.


An additional after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, music (including orchestra and choir), Drama, Art Club, Young Engineers. There is daily support for homework after school in the ACE Facility. The Duke of Edinburgh scheme from Bronze, Silver and Gold is available to pupils from Y9.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

Early in the spring term of Year 9 students will choose their option subjects that they will specialise in to GCSE level, examinable at the end of Year 11.  They will choose 3 Option subjects that they will study for 6 hour long periods across the two week timetable. 

All students must study the following:

  • English – Literature and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science - Combined Trilogy Science or separate Triple Sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • History or Geography
  • Physical Education (three hours per 2 week cycle)
  • Personal Development - Covering PSHEe, CIAG, Citizenship, SRE, Health and Wellbeing and Study Skills and financial capability.

In Year 11 Personal Development takes place during the year and is delivered in deep learning days, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended.  These days allow students to learn in different ways including off site experiences, with external providers and a range of students.  These days cover Staying Safe, British Values, Study Skills, Pathways and work ready skills.

Optional Subjects (at least two of the following):

  • Spanish (Approximately 30% of students will follow a language course)
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Photography
  • Computer Science
  • Technology
  • Physical Education  (GCSE or Cambridge National)
  • Food Nutrition & Preparation
  • Btec Health & Social Care
  • Btec Enterprise


Click here to access our current Options Page



An additional after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, Music (including orchestra and choir), Drama, Art Club, Young Engineers and the Duke of Edinburgh award at Bronze, Silver and Gold.  There is daily support for homework after school in the ACE Facility. Extra Study Support is also in place especially for Year 11 depending on the individuals learning needs.