Curriculum KS3

Mount House is an inclusive school and, in a family atmosphere, builds up each student’s awareness of their own personal worth. It has a distinctive character derived from the strengths and traditions of the school and which reflects the school’s ethos and is the driving force behind the curriculum which is designed to promote an intrinsic love of learning.

At KS3, the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum. It strives to develop each individual to their full potential – valuing talents and responding to specific needs.   In lessons, students are encouraged to develop independent thought and self-discipline and are provided with opportunities for self-expression and creativity. The world of 2025 will be very different to the world of today and so there is an emphasis on  students’ development of their competence in information and communication technology and its application to other areas of learning.

We offer a disciplined approach to learning, using a variety of teaching  methods which address all learning needs enabling pupils to develop their study skills. This includes the ability to draw upon a suitably wide range of sources and to develop higher-order skills, including the ability to analyse, hypothesis and synthesise. Students are also encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards learning including the ability to demonstrate initiative and independence, willingness to work in collaboration and to develop their leadership skills and qualities.

The driving principles behind the curriculum are the values of the school; that pupils should become Adaptable, Supportive, Principled, Inquisitive, Resilient and Excellent in all respects. Mount House expects pupils to be the very best they can be. We are committed to provide the highest quality of education with a breath and balance for all. This is reflected in the variety of subjects offered at KS3, KS4 and KS5 and our success at KS4 and KS5.

The curriculum supports continuity of learning between Key Stages and respective academic years. Our coordinated approach to learning ensures that study and teaching methods are tailored to the wide range of needs, interests and are based on appropriate levels of expectation and genuine challenge. Our students are with us for a seven-year journey through which we ensure relevance, continuity and progression in leaning. Our courses of study and teaching methods are tailored to the wide range of needs, interests and aspirations of our pupils. The curriculum is accessible and personalised. This means that we ensure that all pupils are engaged in their learning and are motivated and enabled to succeed.

The curriculum in Key Stage 3 broadly follows the National Curriculum, while retaining flexibility where appropriate. The school aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and strives to develop each individual to their full potential – valuing talents and responding to specific needs.

In Years 7 and 8, all students are offered the same subjects: English, Mathematics, Science (Chemistry, Physics and Biology) Geography, History, Religious Studies, French, Spanish, Classics, Mandarin, Computing, Latin, Art, Drama, Textiles, Music, PE and Games.

In Year 9 pupils make their GCSE subject choices, and start their GCSE courses in the core subjects of English, Languages (including Latin), Mathematics, and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).