Our broad, balanced and personalised curriculum is designed to meet the needs of every student offering a choice of subjects.
The accelerated Key Stage 3 curriculum is studied over two years and encompasses the national curriculum subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Languages, History, Geography, PE, Technology, the Arts and Computing amongst others. We also offer Drama and Food Technology to all our KS3 students.
At KS4, the GCSE curriculum is studied over three years and all students will follow the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) by virtue of the options process. The EBacc ensures students pursue a balance of rigorous academic subjects at GCSE and is sound preparation for Post-16 study. Our KS4 curriculum allows students to choose from a varied range of academic subjects upon which to build their future career paths.
At KS5, students select from a range of A Level subjects, choosing three to specialise in. In Year 12 they have the opportunity to study for the Extended Project Qualification – always valuable in university applications. Year 12’s also have a week of work experience towards the end of the year. All Sixth Formers are allocated a weekly Enrichment session, self-directed Private Study sessions and supervised Mindset Study sessions.
In essence, our curriculum is designed and delivered to enable students to become successful, resilient and independent learners and to help them make a positive contribution to their community and the wider world.
DGSB - 2023/24 Curriculum - 50 period two week timetable
The number below each subject refers to how many lessons there are per subject or option in the two week timetable period.
|English||Maths||Science||Geography||History||MFL (2 of French, Spanish, German)|
Year 8 (End of KS3)
|English||Maths||Science||Georgraphy||History||MFL (2 of Fr, Sp, Ge)|
Year 9 (Start of 3 year KS4)
|English||Maths||Biology, Chemistry, Physics||PSHE/Ci/Comp||PE||RE|
|7||7||2 2 2||2||4||4|
|Humanity||MFL||Option A||Option B||Option C|
|Geography, History||French, German, Spanish|| |
Art, Media Studies, Music, Computer Studies, Geography, History, Design Technology, French, German, Spanish, Triple Science, Drama, Food Technology
Year 10 (Mid-3 year KS4)
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
|7||7||3 3 3||1||3||3|
|Option A||Option B||Option C||Opt ion D||Option E|
Triple Science, Geography, Hisotry, French, German, Spanish, Computer Studies
|Art, Media Studies, Music, Computer Studies, Geography, History, Design Technolgy, Social Studiess, French, German, Spanish, Triple Science|
Year 11 (10/11 GCSEs)
|English||Maths||Biology, Chemistry, Physics||PSHE/Ci/Comp||RE|
|7||7||3 3 3||1||3|
|Option A||Option B||Option C||Option D||PE|
|Georgraphy, History, French, German, Spanish, Computer Studies||Art, Media Studies, Music, Computer Studies, Georgraphy, History, Design Technology, Social Studies, French, German, Spanish|
|Year 12||Year 13|
|3 x A Levels||3 x A Levels|
|Extended Project Qualification||Mindset Supervised Study|
|Private Study||Private Study|
|Mindset Supervised Study||Enrichment|
|Enrichment||UCAS Process/Careers advice|
|UCAS Process/Careers advice|