Key stage 3

In each subject area at KS3 there is emphasis upon developing independent learners who have good thinking skills, are good researchers, can be team players and leaders within the same lesson and think innovatively to solve a range of problems. To support this, students in Year 7 and 8 have one hour a week of ‘prep’ – an opportunity for students to work independently on homework or other projects. Students are also set half-termly exploration projects to support their independent learning and research skills, and to reinforce our core values of aspiration and exploration.

Our enrichment programme ensures that students have access to a range of additional creative arts, cultural, sporting and academic opportunities, beyond the National Curriculum subjects. These enrichment activities add breadth and depth to the students’ knowledge and skills.

Year 7

In Year 7 our curriculum focuses on literacy and numeracy, and easing the transition from primary school. There will be three key areas of emphasis:

  • Ensuring a smooth transition from primary to secondary
  • Developing students’ “relate” skills and ensuring personal development
  • Ensuring all students reach a high standard of literacy and numeracy to ensure they can access the full curriculum in Year 8

Year 8 & 9

In Years 8 and 9, students at Compass School continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum. In Year 8 students are introduced to second Modern Foreign Language in addition to French (Spanish). Compass School promotes English, Maths, Science, Humanities and MFL as key learning areas so that as many students as possible will have access to the English Baccalaureate courses.

KS3 Programme of Study

Please see below the KS3 programmes of study for each subject studied by students at Compass School Southwark.