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Our Curriculum Model for 11-19

Many schools have three years in KS3. Our curriculum has just two with an opportunity to study one GCSE in Year 9 and study more GCSE or equivalent subjects in Years 10-11. This is a 2:1:2 curriculum model.

Please click on the year groups below for information about the curriculum in each year.

Additionally, you can download information on all of the examination courses offered at Key Stage 4 & 5 complete with links to examination board information and specifications:


The Structure of our curriculum:

Our curriculum is organised on the basis of four key stages and thirteen subjects, which are called ‘core’ and ‘ foundation’ subjects.
This table shows how our the curriculum is delivered from the age of 5 to 18. There are several learning phases which are called Key Stages. Key Stage 1 & 2 take place in our primary schools. There are three Key stages in the secondary learning phase. The diagram below shows which subjects are studied at each key stage.



 Key Stage

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5


 5-7  7-11 11-14 14-16 16-19

 Year Groups

 1-2 3-6 7-9 10-11 12-13

 Core Subjects

    These are the subjects that are compulsory in all Key Stages from 1 to 4 
 RE  Religious Education is a core subject in Key Stages 3-5. The spiritual life of
the school also includes time on retreats, liturgy, RE days and assemblies.
 Physical Education



These are the subjects which are compulsory in Key Stages 1-3 and which develop the basic
knowledge and skills and which pupils may include in their option choices in Key Stage 4     
 PSHEE  Personal, social, health & economic education is delivered by a programme of flexible timetable days. These include sex & relationship education in KS3/4.
 Computer Science
 Design and Technology
 Modern Languages All students study
French or Spanish


The organisation of our year groups

We have a ten form entry. Each year cohort is organised into 3 or 4 form groups which are called 'bands'. There are three bands X, Y, & Z. The example below illustrates what the 'banding' arrangements look like.


Banding arrangements for teaching groups in Years 7-11
There are three
form groups in
bands X & Y,
and four form groups
in band Z
Band X Band Y Band Z
Form groups: Form groups: Form groups:


The organisation of our teaching groups

Setting arrangements in subjects for Year 7-11. The diagram below illustrates what the 'setting' arrangements look like. (Details for setting in some option subjects in Year 10-11 are not included).


The McAuley Catholic High School, Cantley, Cantley Lane, Doncaster, DN3 3QF
Tel: 01302 537396