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The Robert Napier School


The curriculum is carefully developed to match the needs of individual students, so that each student develops confidence and a sense of achievement throughout their learning journey.  It is reviewed regularly to ensure it continues to fulfil the needs of the students.

An overview of each key stage curriculum is provided below.  Further detail regarding the topics studied can be found in the links to the right of this page.

Should you require any additional information regarding the curriculum studied, please contact the appropriate Head of Subject.  Please click here for Head of Subject contact details.


Curriculum for years 7 and 8

During their first two years at the school, students are exposed to a broad and balanced curriculum of subjects.  The curriculum is designed to provide students with the foundation from which they can flourish during their studies in Key Stage 4.

Students complete the options process during the second half of year 8, in preparation for the start of their GCSE studies in year 9.

During the two-week timetable, students study the following subjects.

English Maths Science Art Beliefs & Ethics


Design & Technology



ICT Music Physical Education Spanish  


Curriculum for years 9,10 and 11 

In Year 9 students begin access some of their option choices, with a focus on skills as well as knowledge as a taster of Year 10. This is to prepare students for the rigours of GCSE study.

Students start their level 2 studies in year 10 for completion in year 11. 

All students are required to follow the core curriculum.  They also study 3 options from a wide range of GCSE and BTEC subjects.  To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is followed in key stage 4, all students are required to choose either Geography or History as one of their options.

Core Curriculum


GCSE English Language GCSE English Literature GCSE  Maths GCSE Trilogy Combined Science
Core Beliefs & Ethics Core PHSE & Citizenship Core PE   

Option Subjects

GCSE Art & Design BTEC Business GCSE Citizenship BTEC Dance
BTEC Drama VCert Engineering GCSE Geography BTEC Health & Social Care
GCSE History Vocational Award in Hospitality & Catering BTEC ICT VCERT Music
GCSE Philosophy & Ethics GCSE Photography GCSE Psychology GCSE   Sociology
GCSE Spanish BTEC Sport GCSE  Textiles  


Alternative Curriculum

The majority of students follow the curriculum outlined above however as a school, we are aware that this isn't suitable for all learners.  We therefore offer a series of alternative curriculum activities designed to help students who require additional support in accessing the curriculum.  Further details of these can be found on the link opposite.

Curriculum for years 12 and 13

Following completion of their GCSEs, students who achieve the minimum entry criteria have the opportunity to study Advanced Level courses at The Robert Napier School.  Students select their own curriculum based upon their interests and their success at GCSE.  Students select 3 choices from the options indicated below.

Students who have yet to achieve a grade C / grade 4 or above in GCSE English or GCSE maths, are required to continue to study these until successful.

A Level Biology BTEC L3  Business L3 Applied Criminology A Level English Literature
Diploma in Financial Studies A Level Fine Art A Level Geography BTEC L3 Health & Social Care
A Level History BTEC L3 ICT A Level  Maths BTEC L3 Performing Arts (Acting)
A Level Politics A Level Product Design A Level Psychology L3 Applied Science
A Level Sociology BTEC Sport