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Curriculum Overview 2020/2021


At Westlands, we believe in the importance of both a traditional academic curriculum, that gives students the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens, and a curriculum that promotes our RADAR values, (respect, achievement, diversity, aspiration and resilience).  By focusing on these principles, our students are fully prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences needed to gain qualifications and to enrich their later lives.  

We aim to inspire a curiosity in all our students, and a desire to discover answers and seek solutions.  We use driving questions in all key stages to develop our students’ ability to think independently, creatively and holistically.

The balanced and broad curriculum we offer at Westlands has been carefully designed to ensure the incremental development of both knowledge and skills.  But, at the heart of our curriculum is a clear focus on the core knowledge, (which centres on literary, numeracy and reading skills), needed by all students, no matter what their personal barriers, to make good progress.


Key Stage 3 (KS3)

Key Stage 3 (KS3) students, (Years 7 – 9), build on their existing understanding and develop a range of new skills.  All students study a full range of subjects:

  • English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, French, IT, PE, Values, Music, Drama, Design Technology, Cooking, Textiles and Art.

They also have regular Community Time, where they explore our RADAR values in more depth.


Key Stage 4 (KS4)

All students in Key Stage 4 study English Literature, English Language, Mathematics, Science, History/Geography, Statistics, PE and Values.  Students are encouraged also to study a Modern Foreign Language, (ensuring they have the EBacc qualification), but we allow students to decide which subjects they would like to specialise in; tailoring their studies to match their career aspirations and personal strengths.  Students can choose from:

  • Animal Care, Art, Business Studies, Computer Science, Child Development, Hospitality and Catering, Construction, Dance, Drama, Design Technology, Engineering, French, Media Studies, Music, Photography, Psychology and Sports.


Key Stage 5 (KS5)

Westlands works in partnership with The Sittingbourne School to increase the range of subjects available to all students from both schools. Our school currently offers Level 3 course, which include:

  •  Mathematics, English Literature, English Language, Music, Finance, Health and Social Care, Child Development (CACHE), Engineering, Business, IT, Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Applied Science and Media Studies.

Students are also encouraged to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a self-directed and self-motivated project which helps prepare them for future Undergraduate study.



Key Stage 4 (KS4) Option Subjects

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Geography* Geography* Geography*
History* History* History*
French French French
Computer Science Computer Science Computer Science
Media Studies Media Studies Media Studies
Construction Construction Construction
Engineering Engineering Engineering
Child Development Child Development Child Development
Food Catering Food Catering Food Catering
Animal Care Animal Care Animal Care
Design Technology Design Technology Design Technology
Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies
Psychology Psychology Psychology
Art and Design Art and Design Art and Design
Photography Music Photography
Music Dance Music
Dance Drama Dance
Drama   Drama


* All pupils pick either Geography or History as one of their option choices.