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Our curriculum model is underpinned by the school motto, ‘Learn, Dream Achieve’ and our determination to support the individual and collective aspirations of all of our students throughout their time at Sharples.

The two year Key Stage 4 Curriculum at Sharples School is ambitious, broad and balanced with a strong core in English, mathematics and science alongside a selection of high-value option subjects. With our expertise and guidance, students can liaise with parents and families to make informed decisions about which option subjects they choose. The students are given free choice in terms of their additional subjects which include the Ebacc pathway of French, Spanish, history and geography, as well as a wide and range of foundation subjects, which are outlined below.

Our curriculum has been created to provide our students with rigorous, exciting, and challenging courses that successfully prepare them for further study and career pathways.

The full list of GCSE / BTEC Options that can be chosen towards the end of Year 9 is below:

French Triple Science Creative Media
Spanish Astronomy Physical Education
History Art Religious Studies
Geography Performing Arts Engineering
Computer Science Business Studies Catering
Animal Care Health and Social Care Graphics
Statistics Community Languages


Our commitment to providing a wide range of enrichment opportunities continues throughout Key Stage 4. All students access an informative and wide-ranging careers programme which includes one to one meetings with our Careers Advisor. We provide numerous educational visits and we ensure that our students can access a range of talks by prestigious speakers from academia and top professions.

Subjects studied and time allocations at KS4:

Year 10 Year 11
Subject Lessons (50 minutes) Lessons (50 minutes)
English 6 6
Maths 5 6
Science 6 6
Option A 3 3
Option B 3 3
Option C 3 3
Option D 3 2
Physical Education 1 1
PSHCE/Form 5 (25 minutes) 5 (25 minutes)