KES largely follows the National Curriculum in all year groups. Students are taught in distinct age groups in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, and in the Sixth Form, Years 12 and 13.

Students are organised within mixed ability bands. This gives faculties the option to teach students in sets or in mixed ability groups, depending on what they deem to be most effective.

Five Heads of Year work with tutors to supervise the overall care of students. Each child is placed in a tutor group and remains with their tutor from Years 7 – 11. In the Sixth Form there are two Heads of Year and a Director of Key Stage 5.

Each subject area is led by a Head of Faculty and/or Head of Subject who ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are met, and student progress is maximised.

What is the the National Curriculum?

  • The National Curriculum sets out the most important knowledge and skills that every student has a right to learn
  • It is a framework given to teachers by government, so that all students are taught in a way that is balanced and manageable, but hard enough to challenge them
  • It gives standards that measure how well students are doing in each subject, so teachers can plan to help them do better

Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9 the following subjects are studied:

Core Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science.

Foundation Subjects: Technology, Geography, History, Music, Art, Physical Education, Information Technology and a Modern Language.

Compulsory Subjects: Religious Education, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship.

In addition, all students receive two periods of Drama and one reading lesson per fortnight. In Years 7 and 8 students receive one period of an extended writing lesson per fortnight.


Exam title and code

Exam board


English literature


English Language








Core Science

AQA Science A

Additional Science

AQA Additional Science


AQA Biology


AQA Chemistry


AQA Physics

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 students follow a curriculum which is appropriate for their interests and abilities:

Core Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science (Triple or Double).

Compulsory Subjects: Religious Education and Physical Education.

Optional Subjects: Art, Business Studies, Child Development, Dance, Drama, Geography, History, Information Technology, Music, French, Product Design, Media Studies and Sociology.

Applied Learning courses are also offered in Applied Business, Health & Social Care, Information Technology, Leisure & Tourism, Hair & Beauty, Dance, Construction and Catering.

Most students are expected to choose either History, Geography or French as one of their option choices.

PSHEE and Citizenship are delivered during tutor periods, assembly and in 'breakout' days.