School closes for Summer Thursday 19th July at 12:10

Curriculum Overview

Our aim at Pleckgate High School is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that will allow every student, regardless of his or her ability or starting point, to achieve their full potential.  When students join Pleckgate they are divided into two bands, P and Q and organised into tutor groups.  The students remain in these tutor groups for five years with the same form tutor and a Head of Year who, together with the tutor team is responsible for the safety, wellbeing, personal and academic success of each student.

In Key Stage Three, the students are taught in ability sets for all subjects with the exception of Creative Arts, Technology, Art and PE.  Students who may need additional support to achieve their potential in Mathematics or English may have a bespoke timetable that allows for intervention in these areas in order to accelerate their progress.

Further specialist help is provided by the Learning Support Department for students who may need an alternative curriculum. Learning Support takes place with small groups or individuals, either within the mainstream class lesson, or on short-term withdrawal basis.

Year 7

The focus for the Year 7 curriculum is designed to allow a successful transition from primary to secondary school; the foundation for this begins with our taster days in the Summer term, when all new Year 7 students meet their form tutors and experience taster lessons such as Science, English, Maths, PE and Technology.  There is a clear focus on academic transition from Key Stage Two to Key Stage Three, as well as a strong focus on reading skills through the accelerated reading programme. Year 7 also have one lesson a fortnight on PSHE which is further supplemented by three super learning days during the school year.

Key Stage Three: Years 7, 8 and 9

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French or German
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Creative Arts
  • Technology
  • PE
  • PSHE (students in year 7 have one lesson a fortnight as well as being involved in three super learning days for all students during the school year.

Year 9

In Year 9 students take their options, which allows to prepare for public examination courses leading to GCSE or GCSE equivalent vocational qualifications at the end of year 11. A small number of pupils will choose vocational based qualifications that are more suitable and are delivered by the school.

Key Stage Four: Years 10 and 11

Students who are in years 10 and 11 must all study the following subjects: 

  • English Literature and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Religious Education
  • Core PE (not examined)

Students may choose from the following option subjects, this is dependent upon if they are in band P or Q.

  • Separate Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Biology
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • German
  • Computing
  • ICT
  • Business Studies
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Child Development
  • Catering
  • Engineering

Should you require any further information regarding curriculum, please contact the Deputy Headteacher, Mrs A McGinty –