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Curriculum

The curriculum at Ilkley Grammar School is designed to be balanced, challenging and relevant. It is also innovative and personalised, built around studentsí individual needs and based on their ability and potential.

At Ilkley Grammar School, we want our students to be highly successful in their learning. We offer a broad range of courses at all levels preparing students for further education and future careers. We are also responsive to the national agenda thus ensuring that our students can compete robustly with all students nationally.

At all key stages the curriculum is supported by an extensive extracurricular programme provided as part of the extended day, to broaden and enhance the learning experience.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

During the first two years at Ilkley Grammar School, students follow a very broad programme of study.

The Core Curriculum: Year 7

English

Geography

PE

History

Art

Mathematics

RE

Drama

Citizenship

Music

Science

French or

Spanish

ICT

Technology

Since September 2016, students in Year 7 study either French or Spanish in the first two years to build up their proficiency in one language.This is in response to the demands of the new and more challenging GCSEs in languages. There is an option for some students to pick up an additional second language at the start of Year 9.

The Core Curriculum: Current Year 8

English

Geography

PE

History

Art

Mathematics

RE

Drama

Citizenship

Music

Science

French

ICT

Spanish

Technology

In Year 9, the number of core subjects is reduced from 15 to 10 as follows:


Year 9 Core Programme

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In addition, there are six option blocks which allow students to create a personalised curriculum:

Year 8 into 9 Options Programme

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In Years 10 and 11, all students study the compulsory core subjects leading to 5 GCSE qualifications in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Trilogy Science (2 GCSEs which cover biology, chemistry and physics); Core PE and CSI (Concepts, Society and Ideology) are not accredited.

Careers and enterprise education are used to support work experience placements for all students; all students also receive independent careers advice and take part in a mock interview process.

In addition to the 5 Core GCSEs, students are then able to choose an additional four GCSEs and other courses to make up their full timetable for Years 10 and 11. We offer a broad spectrum of academic and creative GCSE courses, as well as a growing number of technical courses including BTEC qualifications in Health and Social Care and Travel and Tourism; a very small number of students also access Level 1 technical courses one afternoon per week at Keighley College.


Key Stage 4 Options

The following courses are offered as part of the options programme delivered at Ilkley Grammar School: 

 EBACC SubjectsCreative/Practical SubjectsHumanities Subjects (Non EBACC) Technical Subjects 
 French ArtElectronics  BusinessHealth and Social Care
SpanishDramaFood & NutritionPhilosophy & EthicsIT
GeographyMusicResistant Materials Engineering
HistoryPETextiles Creative Media
Computer SciencePhotography  Travel & Tourism
Separate Science   Hospitality & Catering


In addition, students can access the following Level 1 courses at Keighley College:

College Courses

ABC Motor Vehicle Studies (Level 1)

EAL  Welding and Fabrication 

More detailed information can be found on the Key Stage 4 Optionsí page; details of specifications can also be found on the exams' page.


For further information, please contact the following by emailing admin@ilkleygs.co.uk

Curriculum  Mrs Carly Purnell Deputy Headteacher
English Mr Andy ColmanCurriculum Leader
Mathematics Mr Jason BreenCurriculum Leader
Science Mrs Hannah McKenzieCurriculum Leader
Modern Foreign Languages Mr Kevin KehoeCurriculum Leader
Humanities Mr Rob Greening (EBacc)

 Mrs Jenny Ibbertson (non-EBacc )
Mrs Lisa Capstick (RE/Philosophy and Ethics)

Curriculum Leader
Curriculum Leader
Director of Learning and Teaching

Creative Arts Mr Karl HansenCurriculum Leader
PE Mr Robin BurtonCurriculum Leader
ICT/Computing Miss Victoria BridesCurriculum Leader
Technology Mrs Victoria MarshallCurriculum Leader
Learning Support Mrs Rachel ParsonsHead of Learning Support

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