A rich and varied curriculum

It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in their learning so that we can deliver our mission and aims.

Visions and Values

Our Mission is to ignite a passion and commitment for learning in a safe environment where all members of our school community thrive.

Our Vision is to ensure that our school community has the ability to cope and contribute positively in an ever-changing world.

Curriculum Aims

At Bridlington School we aim to create successful learners who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve excellence. We want all students to be confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy, fulfilling lives and be responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

Our curriculum:
• Is rooted in our school TORCH values;
• Is ambitious for all students no matter what their starting point;
• Develops positive attitudes to learning through high quality teaching and learning opportunities;
• Is sequenced around a spiralling curriculum that moves knowledge into long term memory;
• Prioritises feedback, retrieval practice and assessment to give students lots of opportunities to reflect on and improve their learning;
• Promotes an inclusive culture that allows every student to experience success and prepare them for their next steps;
• Prioritises the development of reading.

The taught curriculum

We have a broad KS3 Curriculum covering 16 subjects meeting all the national curriculum requirements. This is taught in 25 hours of contact time each week.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 -9

The curriculum includes:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French
  • Humanities – History, Geography and Religious Education
  • Performing Arts – Drama and Music
  • Creative Arts – Art, Food Technology, Product Design and Textiles
  • Computing
  • Physical Education (two hours per week)
  • Life Skills – Covers Life skills & Reflective Studies

For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through intervention to enable them to rapidly catch up.

In Year 9 students begin to specialise within our Creative Arts suite of subjects to provide them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subjects they may choose to study to GCSE level.

Key Stage 4

Years 10-11

Students will embark on examined courses at the start of Year 10 following a 2-year Key Stage 4 programme of study.  This curriculum is taught in 25 lessons each week, each lesson lasting 60 minutes.

All students must study the following:

  • English – Literature and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science – Dual Award Science or Triple Science – Biology, Physics and Chemistry
  • Humanities –History or Geography
  • Reflective Studies
  • Physical Education (two hours per week)

Optional Subjects (at least two of the following):

  • A Modern Foreign Language
  • Performing Arts – Drama and Music (examined and non-examined course in these subjects can be studied as enrichment)
  • Creative Arts – Art and Technical Design which will lead to a GCSE in Photography, Graphics, Product Design, Engineering, Food, Textiles, Art
  • Computer Science
  • Physical Education GCSE or vocational PE

There is daily support for homework in the library. Extra Study Support is also in place especially for Year 10 and Year 11 depending on the individuals learning needs. In Year 11 this consists of a optional period 6.

Life Skills

All students at Key Stage 3 study Life Skills and Reflective Studies which allows them explore issues such as staying safe, healthy relationships, study British Values, study skills, future pathways and work ready skills. At Key Stage 4 students continue with this programme of study through compulsory Reflective Studies lessons, through the assembly programme and through our tutor programme.


Year 12-13

We have a small school 6th Form where we enable our young people to be able to enter the next stage of their learning journey be it at university or an advanced level apprenticeship.

Course Offer

Students can select a suite of qualifications from ‘A’ levels or BTECs, a decision for which they receive extensive guidance from the dedicated Heads of 6th form and the Y11 team.

Student’s receive weekly feedback from their teachers and are expected to complete examination questions on a regular basis.  A Level subjects are taught on 5 hours a week, vocational subjects are delivered on 4 hours a week.

A Levels offered

  • 3D Design
  • Art, Craft and Design
  • Fine Art
  • English Language and Literature
  • Criminology History
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Business Studies
  • Law
  • Textiles
  • Photography

BTEC subjects offered:

  • Performing Arts
  • Sport Studies
  • Music
  • Business Studies
  • Law
  • Applied Science

Weekly Tutorial and 1 to 1 Programme

Students have a one-to-one mentoring session with a specialised KS5 support teacher per week in order to support them in a curriculum and pastoral capacity. Assemblies and a collapsed one hour personal development session per week facilitates the coverage of PSCHE topics and preparation for the next stages in their learning journey. Additional specialist support is also provided.  The programme provides the opportunity to visit universities and meet university admissions tutors from a range of institutions. Frequent visits from speakers across a range of professions and backgrounds are also part of this programme.

For more information on the curriculum we offer contact [email protected]

Curriculum Learning Journeys