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For more information on our curriculum please contact Mr Shelton, Deputy Headteacher.

Bedford High School Curriculum


At Bedford High School we offer a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum designed to;

  • meet the needs and interests of all students
  • enable students to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and qualities to enable them to become effective lifelong learners and happy and successful citizens
  • enable students to achieve academic success
  • build aspirations and prepare students for the next steps in their education
  • promote employability skills
  • meet statutory requirements

The Curriculum


In Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow the National Curriculum. Three years are allocated to ensure that the National curriculum is taught fully. There is a strong focus on improving students’ basic skills, particularly reading.

In KS3 students are taught in mixed ability classes in some subjects, and set by attainment in others. There is the flexibility for students to changes classes or sets where beneficial.

In Year 9, students experience taster sessions in new subjects, such as Business and Media, so that they can make informed decisions when they choose options.


In Years 10 and 11 students continue to study the core subjects of English, Maths and Combined Science, and compulsory subjects such as PE and Personal Development (Religion and PSHE). In addition, students choose four options from a wide range of courses, including GCSEs and Technical Awards. This means that students are entered for a minimum of nine qualifications.

Students are guided to follow appropriate pathways which will give them the best chance of success and prepare them for their next steps in education. To maintain a broad and balanced curriculum, all students study at least one EBACC option (History, Geography or Spanish). Students are strongly encouraged to study the Full EBACC by studying a foreign language (Spanish) and a Humanities option (History or Geography). Any student who wishes to can study the Full EBACC. Where appropriate, students are guided towards studying separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

In KS4 students are grouped in sets according to prior attainment in English, Maths & Science. In options subjects, students are generally taught in mixed ability groups.

KS4 Core Subjects

  • GCSE English Language (AQA)
  • GCSE English Literature (AQA)
  • GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel)
  • GCSE Science: Either Combined Science (AQA x 2) or Biology, Chemistry & Physics (AQA x 3)
  • Personal Development (PSHRE Non-Exam)
  • PE (Non-Exam)

KS4 Optional Courses
Optional GCSE;

  • Art & Design or Photography or 3D Design or Textiles (AQA)
  • Business & Enterprise (Edexcel)
  • Computer Science (AQA)
  • Design & Technology Resistant Materials (AQA)
  • Drama (AQA)
  • Geography (AQA)
  • History (Edexcel)
  • Information Technology (OCR)
  • Music (Eduqas)
  • Performing Arts Drama (Edexcel)
  • Physical Education (Edexcel)
  • Religious Studies (Eduqas)
  • Spanish (WJEC)

Optional Technical Awards

  • Children’s Learning & Development (OCR)
  • Creative iMedia (OCR)
  • Hospitality & Catering (Eduqas)
  • Performing Arts Dance (BTEC)
  • Performing Arts Music (WJEC)
  • Sports Science (OCR)

Year 11 Strive

Year 11 students are expected to study in school for an additional 40 minutes per day, either working with subject teachers, or independently in the Year 11 Study Area.


Students are encouraged to take advantage of wife range of extra-curricular opportunities.

Curriculum Time


Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 4 hrs  4 hrs  4 hrs
Maths 4 hrs  4 hrs  4 hrs
Science 3 hrs 3 hrs 3.5 hrs
Spanish 2 hrs 2 hrs 2 hrs
History 2 hrs 2 hrs 2 hrs
Geography 2 hrs 2 hrs 2 hrs
Physical Education 2 hrs 2 hrs 1.5 hrs
Computer Science 1 hr 1 hr 1 hr
Design Technology / Food 1 hr 1 hr 1 hr
Personal Development 1 hr 1 hr 1 hr
Art 1 hr 1 hr 1 hr
Drama 1 hr 1 hr 1 hr
Music 1 hr 1 hr 1 hr
TOTAL 25 hrs per week  25 hrs per week  25 hrs per week


Subject Year 10 Year 11
English Language & Literature 4.5 hrs 4.5 hrs
Maths 4 hrs  4 hrs
Science 4.5 hrs 4.5 hrs
Physical Education 1 hr 1 hr
Personal Development 1 hr 1 hr
Option Subject A 2.5 hrs 2.5 hrs
Option Subject B 2.5 hrs 2.5 hrs
Option Subject C 2.5 hrs 2.5 hrs
Option Subject D 2.5 hrs 2.5 hrs 2.5 hrs
TOTAL 25 hrs per week 25 hrs per week

Please contact Mr. Shelton if you require any more information about the curriculum.