Curriculum details

Nicholas Chamberlaine School Curriculum Information


As a member of the Griffin Schools Trust we believe in high achievement for all. Therefore our curriculum structure is built around the importance of challenge and high achievement. In line with this philosophy we deliver our Key Stage 3 programme in two years (Years 7 and 8), thereby facilitating opportunities for greater breadth and depth in the exam years. Our GCSE courses are now taught over three years (Years 9, 10 and 11). Our Year 12 and 13 students to follow a focused two year Sixth Form programme.


Widening our student’s horizons is integral to our school vision and as part of this all students have one period a fortnight dedicated to character education.


Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, students follow the full range of National Curriculum subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Art
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • PSHE
  • Technology

For a complete overview of each KS3 subject please click on the links below.


Our students are given extensive support to select suitable GCSE option choices in Year 8. They then begin their GCSE programmes of study in Year 9. We ensure that there is sufficient flexibility of choice to meet individual interests whilst maintaining a balanced curriculum.


Key Stage 4
All students study GCSEs in English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science and a Humanities subject (History or Geography). Physical Education and PSHE, are taught as non-exam courses alongside the students other option choices.


For a complete overview of each KS4 subject please clink on the links below.


Our 6th form

Beyond GCSE, most students study three subjects to A (Advanced) Level, with some also choosing to complete the Extended Project. However there is an option for those who particularly want to study a fourth A Level.


All courses now follow the linear model of examinations.


The following courses are offered to A-level:

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Health and Social Care, Computing, Forensic Science, Business, Religion Philosophy and Ethics.


All of our 6th form students also have dedicated time for independent study and enrichment activities.