The KS3 curriculum is designed to engage our younger students and to engender in them a love of learning.

Key Stage 3

The KS3 curriculum is designed to engage our younger students and to engender in them a love of learning.  The girls experience a wide range of subjects, so that they can begin to find new strengths and develop existing interests.  This breadth is maintained until the end of Year 9, and informs the GCSE subject choices they make at this point.  

  • The subjects offered in Key Stage 3 go from Modern Languages to Geography, from Classical Civilisation to Sciences, and from Maths to Dance.

  • The girls have five periods of Sport a week, including traditional team games along with activities such as trampolining, so that there is something for every girl to enjoy.

  • They also have ICT lessons, learning about coding and using Raspberry Pi.

Head, Heart & Hand

The addition of the Head, Heart & Hand programme (HHH) has proved hugely successful and popular with students.  The concept is designed to challenge the girls to think beyond what they might ordinarily do and to try out things they might not have come across before.  With options ranging from Cooking to Weaving, and Self-Defence to Beginners’ Philosophy and Politics, this curriculum development has made a powerful impact on the quality of our KS3 offer, bringing mid-week sessions to life with practical, positive, and challenging activities for everyone in KS3.

Trips and Leadership Opportunities

In the first three years of school, there are annual cross-curricular residential trips for the entire year-group:  in Year 7, the girls go on a bushcraft trip, with a full programme of activities during the day and workshops in the evenings.  In Year 8, the girls have a similar experience in the Isle of Wight, helping the year-group to work together as a unit, while respecting the individuals with it. In Year 9, the girls have an outward bound trip in Sussex where they challenge themselves to try new, exciting activities. 

Even lower down the school, the girls have opportunities to demonstrate and practise leadership skills, whether it be on one the trips, or being a member of School Council or the Form or Charity Representative.  In Year 8 and 9, the girls are also buddied with a girl in Year 7, to provide support and guidance to the younger girls, particularly at the start of the year, when Roedean must seem so much bigger than their previous schools.

GCSE Preparation

As girls move through Year 9, they are supported by the academic and pastoral teams with the process of choosing their GCSE options.  Time is devoted to this in tutorials, one to one meetings, and PSHE lessons, so as to be sure that everyone receives the guidance they need.

A group of students playing violin
Students in a drama lesson rehearsing
Students working in lessons
Students conducting a science experiment with a bunsen burner
Student in a physics lesson holding up a prism
Students drawing in an art class
Students looking down in a cooking lesson
Students smiling and listening to a teacher in a Chemistry lesson