The John of Gaunt School aims to provide an engaging and dynamic curriculum that prepares our students for life in the 21st Century.

We recognise that students learn in a variety of ways and at different rates and therefore strive to offer a personalised approach that meets the needs of all individuals.

Our key curriculum principles are:

  • All students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • There will be a strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills from an early stage
  • The curriculum is inclusive and provides appropriate levels of challenge for all studentsHEA
  • Students will be supported in becoming independent learners, able to take responsibility for their own learning
  • The curriculum is enhanced by engaging learning experiences outside the classroom and students are fully supported in preparation for exams

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

Students follow a 2 year programme that is scheduled over a 2 week timetable and consists of 50 x 1 hour lessons. Some subjects are delivered as double lessons.

Each subject covers a range of topics that allow our students to develop the skills required to achieve the highest grades at Key stage 4. The tabs on the right provide link you to our overviews of the programmes of study for each subject.

KS3 Assessment Support Booklet

The breakdown of lessons in 2017-18 is as follows…

  Year 7 Year 8
Art & Textiles 2 2
Citizenship 1 1
English 6 6
Expressive Arts 3 3
Geography 4 4
History 4 4
Computing & ICT 3 2 (3 for lower entry students)
Literacy 2 1
Maths 7 7
MFL 4 6 (5 for lower entry students)
PE 4 4
Religious Education 2 2
Science 6 6
Technology 2 2

*Technology consists of Graphics, Resistant Materials, Product design & Food technology

The downloads for the Yr 8 options process, information & selection form for September 2018 are below (active from Term 2 2018)

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

In Yr 9 all students deign examination courses following one of 3 academic pathways over three years to the end of Yr 11. This enables them to opt from a range of qualifications that suits their academic level and interests. This extended KS4 programme provides the opportunities for more thorough and detailed learning activities that require the use of higher order thinking and skills application.

Option subjects include GCSEs, level 2 vocational courses and where appropriate, some level 1 qualifications and some vocational qualifications through our collaborative work with West Wiltshire Alliance. This is mostly provided through Wiltshire College.3696

For Year 9 in 2016-17 the core curriculum consists of the following hours per fortnight…

Pathway 1 Pathway 2 Pathway 3
English 8 8 9
Maths 7 7 8
Science 6 6 6
ICT 2 2 4
Personal Development 1 1 1
Religious Education 2 2 2
Physical Education 4 4 4

The options subjects are reviewed annually and can be viewed by clicking on the KS4 curriculum booklet. Students following pathway 1 and 2 all study The English Baccalaureate subjects.

Please see the download links at the bottom of this page for Options Information downloads.


For information on The John of School Sixth Form and post-16 provision please see our Sixth Form (link) pages. Our pathways curriculum in Key Stage 4 extends into the Sixth Form, offering progression opportunities for all students.