At Queen Elizabeth High School we offer a curriculum which reflects our commitment to enabling all of our students to develop their knowledge and understanding, skills and mindset, so that they can take their next steps with confidence. 

During the current academic year, the school endeavours to provide the same broad and balanced curriculum as in pre-pandemic years, but with some necessary adaptations to encompass the national restrictions imposed throughout the course of the year.  Details of the school’s remote learning provision may be found here.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Year 9)

Students in Year 9 have a 50 period timetable based on a 2-week structure and a morning form period each day.  In all subjects except mathematics, students are taught in mixed ability groupings.  The curriculum is planned in conjunction with the high school’s three main feeder middle schools to afford students the best opportunities to build on prior learning. 

All students must take the following combination of subjects at Key Stage 3:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Geography
  • History
  • French
  • PE
  • Religious Studies
  • PSHE
  • Options subject – 3 selected from IT/computing, German/Spanish/Latin, technology, art, music, drama/dance.

The subjects taught, together with allocated teaching hours per fortnight in Year 9, are as follows:

SubjectTeaching Hours Per Fortnight
English6
Maths8
Science6
Geography3
History3
French4
PE4
Religious Studies/PSHE/Citzenship4
Option 14
Option 24
Option 34

Further detailed information relating to subjects studied in Year 9 can be found here.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Students in Years 10 and 11 have a 50 period timetable based on a 2-week structure and a morning form period each day.  All students must take the following combination of subjects at Key Stage 4:

  • English Language and English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics – leading to the award of 2 or 3 qualifications)
  • One further English Baccalaureate subject chosen from Computing, Geography, History, French, German, Latin and Spanish).
  • Two further subject choices, that could include the English Baccalaureate subjects listed above. Full details of options subjects on offer can be found in the guidance booklet here .

In addition, all students must take the following subjects that do not lead to the award of a qualification:

  • Physical Education (Core)
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).

The allocated teaching hours for each subject per fortnight in Years 10 and 11 are as follows:

SubjectTeaching Hours Per Fortnight
English Language5
English Literature5
Mathematics8
Science x2 or x312
Physical Education4
PSHE/RS/Citizenship1
Option 1 - English Baccalaureate subject5
Option 25
Option 35

Further detailed information relating to the subjects studied in Year 10 can be found here and in Year 11 here.

Form time in Years 9 to 11

Students in Key Stages 3 and 4 benefit from a 20 minute form period each day.  Tutors follow a programme of activities led by Mr A Hedley, Associate Assistant Head.  They also have a weekly assembly led by a member of the senior leadership team or the pastoral team. The theme of the assembly and tutorial activities are linked to British Values, Citizenship, the PSHE programme and aspects of SMSC. 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

Students may study for the following qualifications at Key Stage 5:

  • A Levels
  • BTEC Level 3
  • OCR Level 3

Alongside their main subject choices, all students are required to choose an accredited enhancement course from the following list:

  • Arts Award (Gold)
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Further Mathematics
  • Higher Sports Leader Award

Full details of the subjects available to study can be found here.

Students in Years 12 and 13 receive Personal, Social, Health, Economic and Citizenship education through the Sixth Form assembly programme and through periodic drop-down lessons and days. 

Adaptations to the curriculum and the learning environment for students

Further information on how the school ensures that the curriculum is accessible for all students may be found both here and in the QEHS Accessibility Action Plan 2020-22.

Careers

In all year groups, students benefit from an age-appropriate, careers programme to support them in being successful, prosperous and happy in their future lives.  Details of the opportunities available can be found here.