Curriculum Aims

Our curriculum aims are to:

Curriculum Intent

Our strategic intent is to create a curriculum that:

Curriculum Principles

Strong Foundations

Aspiration for All

Broad and Balanced

Enriched Experiences

Challenge and Depth

Organisation of the Curriculum 

Key Stage 3

At Coombe, we believe in a well rounded education where students have the opportunity to experience the full range of subjects. Our KS3 curriculum is broad, balanced, exciting and rooted in the principal knowledge and skills detailed in the National Curriculum. It carefully builds on the progress made at KS2 with subjects considering the starting points of all learners, appropriately and ambitiously challenging them to learn, know and understand more than they did before.  This progression through well sequenced learning experiences builds a solid foundation for future learning. The KS3 curriculum is enriched further by the use of regular PSHE and SMSC sessions that deepen understanding and awareness of how learners should keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work, enabling them to contribute positively to the wider society. 

Students study the following courses at Key Stage 3

Students also follow a Pastoral curriculum through an  active tutorial programme.

Key Stage 4

To ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to glean and enjoy a range of different skills and experiences from all subjects on offer at Coombe and to therefore give them ample time to develop a clear picture of which subjects they like the most, the options selection process begins in the Spring term of Year 9 for all pupils. Our uptake of the English Baccalaureate subjects remains high, with over 70% of our learners currently in Years 10 and 11 electing to follow this pathway. We continue to offer a broad and inclusive range of choices at KS4, so that ALL learners are supported and motivated to achieve their ‘World of Opportunities’ beyond KS3.


At KS4 all departments enrich teaching to ensure that pupils are introduced to knowledge and skills beyond the GCSE specification. This develops pupil interest and ensures that pupils are KS5-ready and prepared for the challenges of further study. Modelling, scaffolding, retrieval activities and other memory strategies are embedded to enhance knowledge acquisition for learners of all abilities, including those with SEND. In addition, opportunities for independent learning and thinking hard are emphasised. The explicit teaching of subject specific vocabulary remains a key focus in further consolidating knowledge acquisition and developing important cross-curricular links.

Students study the following courses at Key Stage 4

KS4 Subjects

To prepare students for the experience of real GCSEs at the end of year 11, all students take ‘mock’ exams towards the end of year 10 and towards the end of the Autumn Term in year 11. 

Key Stage 5

At KS5, we offer a broad and creative curriculum with a large range of subjects at KS5 including A levels and BTEC qualifications. The KS5 curriculum is designed to prepare learners for the independence required in higher education or the workplace. Subject curriculums are planned to facilitate maximum progress underpinned by best practice and pedagogy, with sequencing, interleaving and opportunities for independent learning evident throughout.


In year 12 students study three subjects (either A Level or BTECs) with the possibility of completing the Extended Project Qualification.  In year 13 students complete the courses they embarked on in year 12 to attain the full level 3 qualification.


Like KS4, we deliver a structured programme of PSHE and Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance through active tutorials, assemblies and ‘drop down days’.

Equality and Inclusion

At Coombe we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all our students, whatever their race, gender, gender identity, background, physical need or learning ability. The curriculum challenges injustice and develops a sense of community that links to the culture, ethos and local context of the school. Students' perspectives expand as they develop their understanding of cultural, social, moral and personal development through tutor programmes, PSHE lessons and through the wider school curriculum. There is a focus on British values and individuals’ rights and responsibilities, where students learn how their choices impact on themselves and the wider community. We continue to work closely alongside our student body to drive the importance of equality and diversity across the school, staying abreast with any national or global events which require discussion or action. 


The SENDCo and pastoral teams effectively coordinate information, care and guidance pertaining to the curriculum needs of students, parents and carers with protected characteristics.


We pride ourselves on being a boys’ secondary school and are fully committed to developing our students to become confident, resilient, successful leaders that are READY, RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE citizens that play an active role in our global society.

To find out more about the school's curriculum, please contact Gary Rogers (Associate Headteacher) at the school, via enquiries.

Curriculum overview for subjects

(Overviews for other subjects coming soon)