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KS3 Curriculum

At the Co-op Academy Priesthorpe we provide an enjoyable, varied and exciting curriculum that equips students with the skills, knowledge, understanding and exceptional outcomes they need to make a success of their lives. We continually evaluate and adapt what we offer to ensure it is coherent, high quality and provides inclusive opportunities for all with the thread of the co-operative values and principles running through it.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure all of our students:

  • are successful regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or economic circumstances
  • have high aspirations and know how they can achieve them
  • know how to learn successfully, and keep themselves safe and healthy
  • develop functional skills including reading, writing, oracy and numeracy
  • develop knowledge and cultural capital to understand, engage with and influence the world around them
  • are community minded with a willingness to involve themselves and volunteer
  • have had the opportunity to engage with employees and members of the Co-op to assist in their preparation for work and later education and employment choices in life
  • are successful in entering the world of training, education or employment equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, resilience, confidence and self-esteem to succeed as active members of society

At Key Stage 3 students study a broad range of subjects which not only prepares them for their examination courses to come, but also develops their skills as a learner and values as a young person. At Key Stage 3 students are taught either in sets or in mixed ability groups depending on the subject.

All students follow a programme of study, which includes:


  • Maths • Physical education
  • English • Religious studies
  • Science • Geography
  • French or Spanish • Art
  • Drama • Technology
  • Computing • Music
  • History • Mindset


As a Growth Mindset school we actively encourage challenge, resilience and effort in all of our students. We believe that brains and talent are just the starting point and that everyone’s abilities and talents can be further developed through dedication and hard work. Every student in Key Stage 3 has one Mindset lesson a week where we create a love of learning and resilience in the face of challenges and difficulties. In practice this means that our students are urged to see mistakes as an important part of the learning journey, not as failure. Students are praised for consistent effort, resilience and determination rather than quick success. They are encouraged to challenge themselves in every aspect of learning – planning, researching, producing and reworking. We encourage a ‘critical eye’ at all stages of the learning process, developing the skills of perception, evaluation and emotional intelligence so that students develop an appreciation of their capacity to learn and continually improve.

Please click the link for more information on our ‘Mindset’ programme.

For more information on our curriculum please see the links below

Year 7 – Course Overview

Year 8 – Course Overview

Still have a query? You can call or email, Mrs Louise Pratt, Vice Principal.