Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Welcome to the Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9) curriculum

This page contains information about what students will learn in all their subjects as they progress through the key stage.  The curriculum is designed not just to prepare our students for a wider range of opportunities and courses in Key Stage 4, but also to offer the diversity of experiences that support their preparation for their role in the world of tomorrow.

Details of the Key Stage 3 curriculum for individual subjects can be found in the individual subject areas Subject Information - The Downs School and our Year 9 options booklet is available here.

Key Stage 3 Overviews can be found here:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Please see below videos from some of our Core Subject Leaders English and Science – which explain how the learning journey develops throughout the key stage in each of the Core subjects.







Information on foundation subjects can be found by clicking the link below to our subject information pages.

Subject Information

Heads of Year

The role of the Head of Year is to oversee the progress of the students both academically and pastorally.  They work with the Tutors to support the students as they experience each new challenge whether that be in learning or wellbeing.  The videos below from the Head of Year 7, Head of Year 8 and Head of Year 9 explain the key experiences and milestones that occur for each year group. 

Head of Year 7  - Miss Wilding

Head of Year 8 – Miss Wilding

Head of Year 9 – Mrs Keevil




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