Our vision is that we have a seamless 7 year curriculum at The Castle Rock School where the foundations for learning are embedded in Key Stage 3 and built upon to allow students to excel at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. We prepare our students for their individual next step.

Key Stage 3 

At Key Stage 3 students study English, Maths, Science, French, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Art and Design, PE, ICT, Drama, Music and PSHE. 

Key Stage 4 

At Key Stage 4 students will continue to follow courses in Maths, English (2 GCSEs), Science (2 or 3 GCSEs), PE and PSHE (both not examined with PSHE providing the time for the delivery of Careers, Citizenship, personal development and RS) alongside other option block chosen subjects where students can choose to follow a traditional EBacc route or select more vocational studies. 

Students can choose from a broad range of KS4 subjects, including GCSE, BTEC and CNAT qualifications, in the following subject areas: 

  • Modern Foreign Languages - French 
  • Humanities - Geography, History, Religious Studies, Health and Social Care 
  • Creative Arts - Art, Textiles, Design Technology, Hair and Beauty, Drama, Music, Dance 
  • Other - Business Studies, Computing, Physical Education 

Key Stage 5 

Our post-16 curriculum provides access to a wide range of Level 3 courses with both traditional and vocational A-Levels. Currently we also have students following resit courses in GCSE English and Maths.

Year 12 Year 13
English Literature Health and Social Care English Literature Sociology
Media Production Art, Craft and Design Media Production Health and Social Care
Biology Hairdressing Biology Photography
Chemistry Performing Arts (Double) Chemistry Art
Physics Financial Studies Physics Product Design
Applied Science GCSE Resit Eng and Maths Applied Science Hairdressing
Maths   Maths Performing Arts (Double)
Business Studies   Further Maths Physical Education
History   Business Studies French
Geography   History Financial Studies
Psychology   Geography EPQ
Sociology   Psychology GCSE Resit Eng and Maths

16-19 Programme of Study

All Level 3 students receive:

  • 5 hours per subject per week (15 hours in total) for each of the two academic years they are in Post 16.
  • Silent Study session (1 per week)
  • A rolling PSHE programme (1 hour per week)
  • 5 x 25 minute tutor sessions per week
  • 1 x Assembly each week
  • Work experience opportunities at the end of Year 12
  • GCSE English and Maths resit if required
  • Additional 40 hours required this year - Implementation of LIBF Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies and the EPQ
  • Non qualification opportunities - Ambassador, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Reading Buddy, Head student, student leadership, anti-bullying ambassadors, reading time, careers support, trips and visits.


Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4 & 5