Curriculum - Key Stage 3

Our broad and balanced Key Stage 3 curriculum allows all learners to study the full range of National Curriculum subjects with a focus on enjoyment and successful achievement at the end of Year 11. We recognise that not all learners require the same diet so we have two pathways to support learners’ individual needs.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
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There is a broad and balanced diet where almost all learners access the academic subjects of English, Maths, Science, Computing, EPR, History and Geography which are taught in ability sets. All learners study creative, practical and performing arts subjects which are taught in mixed ability classes. The vast majority of learners also have the opportunity to study either French and Spanish. For learners who join us with lower reading, writing and number skills, additional literacy and numeracy lessons are in place through Year 7 and 8 to allow them to catch up rapidly.  These are taught by specialist teachers in our Oak Suite. These learners also take a mix of humanities instead of History, Geography and EPR on our applied pathway.

Main Pathway
Applied Pathway for a small number of selected learners
Employer and Higher Education Links

As part of their wider curriculum learners who follow any of the above pathways have access to the following professionals and organisations:

  • Mrs R Morris – Independent Careers Adviser

  • Higher Horizons+ -  a collaboration of 10 universities and colleges offering support and advice to learners through a range of activities

  • Manchester Growth Company – linking local employers with schools

  • Be Inspired Project – linking local employers with schools

  • Warrington Wolves Partnership

  • Warrington & Vale Royal College

  • Interserve Training – preparation for work and apprenticeships

  • HOBY Leadership Conference (Year 10)

  • Art Residential (Year 10)

  • University residentials  (Year 10 and 12)

  • Skills North West Careers Event

  • Birchwood Apprenticeship Fair

  • Mock interviews with a range of local employers

  • STEM events

  • Air Cadets

  • Armed Forces

  • National Enterprise Challenge (Year 10)

  • National Citizen Service (NCS


The TAG (Talented, Ambitious and Gifted) Programme

At BCHS we are ambitious for all our learners to reach their full potential. The TAG programme is for our most-able learners and it allows all learners to embrace the aspirational culture at BCHS through a range of after-school clubs and leadership opportunities. These range from the UKMT Maths Challenge, Youth Speak competition, STEM Club, the Hoby Leadership experience, the Duke of Edinburgh programme, BBC New Report as well as Oxford and Cambridge University visits. All learners in every year group are given the opportunity to take part in day trips or residential to at least one university each year. There are also outside speakers from university and industry that visit the school. 


Form Groups and Pastoral Care

Learners are placed in mixed ability form groups with a dedicated Form Tutor who will usually be with them for their five years in school. The Form Tutor is the first point of contact for parents and carers. At BCHS we believe there should be a strong relationship between the Form Tutor, the learner and their parents/carers built on good communication and mutual respect. There is a Year Team Leader to oversee the progress and pastoral care of every learner in their year group.


Learning for Life Curriculum

The Learning for Life curriculum, taught by Form Tutors, ensures learners study relevant and current topics including careers, health, relationships, financial management and personal safety.


Extra-Curricular Curriculum

Every day there is an extensive extra-curricular programme on offer before or after school which changes every term dependent on the needs of the learners and any requests from the learners. Information on this year’s provision is on our school website. Examples of some of our activities are listed below:

Homework Club (every day before and after school), Maths Club, Media Club, Computer Club, KODU KLUB 3D Games Creation, Design & Build Club, Violent Volcanoes and Horrible Hazards (Geography Club) History Club, MFL Linguastars (French & Spanish), Pop Choir, Breakfast Club including Table Tennis and Chess, Dance Club, Art Club, Basketball, Handball, Netball, Boys’ Football, Girls’ Football, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Rugby, Cricket, Form Delegates, Rotary Club Youth Speak, STEM Club, School Council, Revision Classes for KS4 in most subjects.