Our curriculum balances knowledge, skills and concepts. Using a spiral curriculum, where topics and concepts are systematically revisited year on year, we are able to build TEAM learners. The curriculum follows a three year Key Stage 3, to ensure our younger students have a broad and balanced curriculum. GCSE choices then begin in Year 10 (Key Stage 4). Our Ofsted ‘Good’ Sixth Form provision allows students to continue their learning at Saltash Community School, before heading off to their next adventure. 

To support students’ learning, Knowledge Organisers detail the main content students need to know/learn, ready for their Knowledge and Application Checks. Click here to access the most recent Knowledge Organisers and most recently used (to support retrieval practice and an opportunity for students to review prior learning).

Key Stage 3

Detailed information about specific subjects can be found under the Curriculum by Department drop-down menu.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Subjectppf*Subjectppf*Subjectppf*
English7English7English7
Mathematics7Mathematics7Mathematics7
Science6Science6Science5
Art1Art2Art2
Computing1Computing2Computing2
Design Technology3Design Technology3Design Technology3
Drama1Drama1Drama1
Geography4Geography3Geography4
History4History4History3
Languages (French and German)5Languages (French & German6Languages (French or German or Global Citizen Studies)6
Music1Music2Music2
PE4PE4PE4
Personal Development1Personal Development1Personal Development2
Religion and Ethics1Religion and Ethics2Religion and Ethics2
Well-Being1
Total505050

(*periods per fortnight)

Teaching groups are set according to ability in Maths from Year 7, in English and Languages from Year 8, and in DT and Science in Year 9.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Detailed information about specific subjects can be found under the Curriculum by Department drop-down menu.

Our Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) curriculum is characterised by an increasing element of choice for students. 40% of curriculum time is for studying courses that students have chosen. Students are carefully prepared for making their choices with appropriate advice and guidance.

Compulsory subjects (ppf = periods per fortnight)
EnglishMathsScienceREPDGames
8ppf8ppf10ppf1ppf1ppf2ppf
Optional subjects
Students will study four subjects from the list here. Courses are GCSEs unless stated otherwise. Each subject will be timetabled for 5 periods per fortnight. (Those wishing to study Hair & Beauty will study three subjects, as this course requires 10 periods per fortnight).

In their selection, all students must choose at least one subject from: French, Geography, German, History, Separate Sciences.

Art & Design
Animal Care BTEC
Business Studies
Computer Science
Drama
DT Product Design
Food Preparation & Nutrition
French
Geography
German
Hair & Beauty Technical Award (at Cornwall College)
Health & Social Care (Cambridge National Certificate)
History
Media Studies
Music
Separate Sciences
Sport Studies (Cambridge National Certificate)

The English Baccalaureate

This is intended as a recognition of the achievement of those students who achieve grades A*-C in English, mathematics, sciences, a language and a humanities subject.

At Saltash community school, the required range of subjects needed for the EBacc is:

  • English GCSE
  • Mathematics GCSE
  • Science and Additional Science GCSEs or 2 GCSEs from Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Geography or History GCSE
  • French or German GCSE

Year 11

Choices available are shown in the following tables:

Compulsory subjects (ppf = periods per fortnight)
EnglishMathsScienceREPDGames
7ppf7ppf10ppf2ppf2ppf2ppf

Optional subjects
Students will study four subjects from the list here. Courses are GCSEs unless stated otherwise. Each subject will be timetabled for 5 periods per fortnight. (Those wishing to study Hair & Beauty will study three subjects, as this course requires 10 periods per fortnight).

In their selection, all students must choose at least one subject from: Computer Science, French, Geography, German, History, Separate Sciences.
Art & Design
Animal Care BTEC
Business Studies
Children’s Learning and Development Technical Award
Computer Science
Drama
DT Product Design
Engineering Studies (NCFE Level 1 Certificate)
Food Preparation and Nutrition
French
Geography
German
Hair & Beauty Technical Award (at Cornwall College)
History
Media Studies
Music
PE
Separate Sciences

Key Stage 5

Detailed information about specific subjects can be found on the school website under the Curriculum by Department drop-down menu.

Student choice almost completely determines the shape of the post-16 curriculum. The range of subjects shown below is in place from September 2018.

Most students in Year 12 and 13 will follow 3 courses over their two years; they will be allowed to study 4 for a period of two weeks to help them ensure that their choice of 3 is right for them. Subjects are allocated 9 or 10 periods of teaching per fortnight. With the exception of those following a re-take course in English or Maths, all Year 12 students will be required to complete the Extended Project Qualification over 1 year.

A structured programme of Careers Education and Guidance is provided for all Sixth Form students (from January of Year 12 to December of Year 13) and there is the opportunity for all students to access an accredited Sports Leadership course. Wednesday afternoon in each week is reserved for this activity, as well as for Games.

Year 12

Block ABlock BBlock CBlock DAdditional Subjects
BiologyArtGeographyEnglish LanguageExtended Project
GermanBusiness StudiesMathsHistoryEnglish and Maths GCSE
Media StudiesChemistryFurther MathsMathsGames
PhysicsEnglish LiteratureSociologySport StudiesCareers
PsychologyApplied ScienceMusicPsychology

Year 13

Block ABlock BBlock CBlock DAdditional Subjects
BiologyChemistryBiologyArtGames
GeographyProduct DesignPhysicsBusiness StudiesCareers
HistoryEnglish LanguagePhilosophyEnglish Literature
MathematicsEnglish LiteraturePsychologyFurther Maths
Media StudiesMathematicsSociologyMedia Studies
MusicPETheatre StudiesPsychology
Applied ScienceGovernment and Politics