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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 (Phase 2) at Bracken Hill is a haven for pupils of all abilities to find a safe place to learn, where academic skills and emotional well-being are of key importance. 

Our pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 are taught in five mixed year group classes, each with a curriculum designed to meet the needs of the children.  Each class is differentiated for ability, with classes learning a mix of core subjects, foundation subjects and lessons aimed at developing social and emotional skills. 

The curriculum is delivered by both highly skilled class teachers who teach a range of subjects and oversee the progress of their class, and specialist teachers in areas such as science, technology and PE.  This gives the children a clear sense of belonging and safety with key staff, mixed with the secondary school feel of experiencing different teachers and using specialised spaces.

Overall in Key Stage 3, we aim to allow all pupils to meet their academic potential through positive experiences and emotional growth. 


We are currently updating our curriculum and have created a new three year plan of themes (see below) that aims to work across curriculum subjects.  Within the new curriculum, pupils will be working on different pathways, Explorers, Adventurers and Pioneers.  All three pathways will follow the same theme, but access the theme in a way that meets the individual needs of the pupils.  The new themes should be much more motivating and exciting for pupils and allow for linking of knowledge and development of skills in a more joined up way.


New Curriculum Themes for Phase 2 (Key Stage 3)