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Bradfield’s broad curriculum offer is based on a rich heritage of both academic and vocational study. 

The school has a long-standing reputation for its art and design, music, drama and technology subjects alongside the traditional core subjects of English, Mathematics and the Sciences.  Likewise, our Modern Foreign Languages and the Humanities provide the depth of experience for all students in Key Stage 3 and for many throughout their time at Bradfield School.

Our aim is to build upon some of the highest starting points of any secondary school in the city and ensure that every child at Bradfield experiences high challenge delivered through fun and engaging lessons in order to maximise their successes.  Our sequencing of topics and core values facilitate a smooth transition into Y7 and help to prepare our students for further study and employment in the future.   We want all of our students to leave us ready to play a positive role in society and continue to uphold the reputation of the Bradfield alumni.

Further details can be found in our curriculum plan below and the subject links to the left.

For ease of reference, topic overviews in each subject area by year group for each term are on the links to the left. This will be added to each term over the course of the year.

Curriculum 2021-2022

KS3 and KS4 students will have 25 lessons per week.

School Hours:

Form time

8.30 – 8.50

Period 1

8.50 – 9.50

Period 2 (includes 20 min break split by year groups)

9.50 – 11.10

Period 3

11.10 – 12.10

Period 4 (includes 70 min lesson plus 35 min lunch split by Year groups)

12.10 – 13.55

Period 5

13.55 – 14.55

Key Stage 3 (Y7-Y9) age 11-14

Year groups are split into two bands in KS3. Students are taught as a form group in Year 7 and then in different mixed ability groups in Y8 and Y9 for the majority of subjects except for Design Technology (smaller group sizes), PE (gender groups) and Mathematics & Science (ability setting).

French and Spanish: Students commence studying a language in Year 7 and continue with that language through to KS4.

Mathematics: set by ability in all three Year groups.
Science: set by ability from Y8 onwards.

Design Technology: Year 7, 8 and 9 are taught a range of DT subjects including Food on a rotation (throughout all the three years) to enable them to experience each subject discipline.