The flexible,
pupil-centred curriculum.

At Langley School, we believe in a pupil-centred approach and have developed a flexible curriculum that offers pupils an enormous amount of choice and flexibility, whilst maintaining balance and breadth, so that pupils can spend more time developing the subjects they most enjoy and in which they are most likely to succeed. We also like to develop independent learning skills and facilitate pupils being able to work at their own pace, allowing for the specific needs of individuals, whatever these may be.

Offering choice

In Years 7 and 8, for example, we allow pupils to choose any two languages from Spanish, French German or Mandarin (Chinese). Then, instead of waiting until GCSEs have started in Year 10, we are already asking Year 8 pupils coming into Year 9 to look at which six subjects they would like to focus on, so that they can have more curriculum time in these areas. These are, of course, alongside English, Mathematics and the three Sciences. In Year 10, we introduce further choice, with subjects such as Business Studies, Media and Photography added to the options. However, we do not stop there; Biology, Chemistry and Physics also become optional, so that pupils can study all three if they are strong scientists or choose to drop their weakest and concentrate on their stronger two. The advantage of this is not only higher grades, but also a much stronger foundation on which to build for A-Level science. Those that really do not enjoy science at all may reduce further to just their most preferred science. Then in the sixth form, choice is freed up entirely and pupils have a vast range of subjects from which to choose. In addition to all this, is the extracurricular programme, which allows pupils to pursue a huge range of other interests in the final part of the day; these may be related to and support their favourite subjects or may be something completely different.

Fast tracking and tailored programmes

In some instances, we fast track pupils that are ahead of their peers. This is done routinely in subjects such as ICT, where all the more-able pupils take the subject a year early. This frees up time in Year 11 for them to concentrate on their other GCSEs. Likewise, all pupils take their English Language GCSE a year early in Year 10. The majority who pass will then go on to complete the English Literature GCSE in Year 11, whilst others may require more time to improve their Language grade. Modern Languages, too, often fast track where pupils are native speakers or have had an element of immersion in the language. We look at other subjects on a case-by-case basis and have had, for example, pupils in Year 11 taking A-Level Mathematics, as their progress has been so fast.
In addition to this, many of our pupils who are taking extracurricular interests to the highest level, be they sporting or theatrical for instance, may require release from curriculum time in order to facilitate this. All football academy players, for example, have this planned into their timetables as a matter of course, but we will also look at other pupils’ needs on an individual basis. Again, when pupils need SEN support or EAL lessons, we also consider carefully from which subjects or activities they should be withdrawn to minimise the impact on their GCSE or A-Level studies.

Year 6
All pupils will study Mathematics, English and Science plus Art, Drama, Geography, History, Design & Technology, ICT, Religious Education, Music, and Games.
In addition, they will receive a taster in the following four modern foreign languages:

Chinese French German Spanish

Year 7 and 8
All pupils will study Mathematics, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics plus Art, Drama, food (in year 8) Geography, History, Design & Technology, ICT, Religious Education, Music, and Games.
In addition, choose any two from the following:

Chinese French German Spanish

Year 9
All pupils will study Mathematics and English (EAL for overseas students), Biology, Chemistry and Physics
In addition, choose six from the following:

Art Chinese Drama EAL
French Geography German History
ICT LS Music PE
Philosophy & Ethics Spanish Technology

Year 10 (GCSE) – see the attached GCSE handbook for further details
All pupils will study Mathematics and English (EAL for overseas students)
In addition, choose six from the following:

Art Biology Business Studies Chemistry
Chinese Computer Science Drama EAL
Food & Nutrition French Geography German
History ICT LS Media Studies
Music PE Philosophy & Ethics Photography
Physics Spanish Technology

6th Form– see the attached 6th form handbook for further details
Choose three plus EAL (IELTS) from the following:

Accounting Art Biology Business Studies
Chemistry Computer Science Design & Technology Drama
EAL Economics English Literature French
Further Mathematics Geography History Independent Study
Law LS Mathematics Media Studies
Philosophy & Ethics Photography Physics Politics
Psychology Spanish Sport (BTEC) Travel & Tourism

Additional Notes:

  1. Able students are strongly advised to study at least one modern foreign language and either Geography or History at GCSE level. Together with two sciences this forms the English Baccalaureate.
  2. There is an additional charge for EAL and LS, please call the finance office for details.
  3. Each subject offered within a block is only taught subject to numbers. The school reserves the right to alter or withdraw a subject from a block if insufficient interest is shown or to resolve a number of other clashes.
  4. Some subjects can prove to be very popular from time to time. The school reserves the right to cap numbers for a particular subject. Weaker candidates or late applicants may need to choose an alternative from the same block. If sufficient interest is shown, however, further subjects may be added, subject to resources being available.