The curriculum at Ilkley Grammar School is designed to be balanced, challenging and relevant. It is also innovative and personalised, built around students’ individual needs and based on their ability and potential.
At Ilkley Grammar School, we want our students to be highly successful in their learning. We offer a broad range of courses at all levels preparing students for further education and future careers. We are also responsive to the national agenda thus ensuring that our students can compete robustly with all students nationally
At all key stages the curriculum is supported by an extensive extracurricular programme provided as part of the extended day, to broaden and enhance the learning experience.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
During the first two years at Ilkley Grammar School, students follow a very broad programme of study.
The Core Curriculum: Year 7
Students in Year 7 from September 2016 will study either French or Spanish in the first two years to build up their proficiency in one language. This is in response to the demands of the new and more challenging GCSEs in languages. There will be an option for some students to pick up a second language at the start of Year 9.
The Core Curriculum: Current Year 8
In Year 9, the number of core subjects is reduced from 15 to 9 as follows:
Year 9 Core Programme
In addition, there are seven option blocks which allow students to create a personalised curriculum:
Year 8 into 9 Options Programme
More information regarding the Year 8 into 9 options process can be found on the Key Stage 3 Options’ page.
Key Stage 4 Core Curriculum
In Years 10 and 11, students continue to study a ‘core’ curriculum of:
· English Language and English Literature - everyone in the current Year 11 studies English or English Language and over 90% of students also take an extra GCSE in English Literature. In year 10, all students will be entered for both English Language and Literature as separate qualifications.
· Mathematics - all students take GCSE Mathematics.
· Science – students study GCSE core and additional science as part of the core curriculum, with some students opting to take triple science as one of their options.
· Physical Education - there is a core programme of PE for all students that is not examined.
· Citizenship/Religious Education (ERIC) - this is a non-examined course for Year 10 and Year 11 students which also covers aspects of personal, social and health education.
In addition, careers and enterprise education are used to support the work experience placements for all students; all students also receive independent careers advice and take part in a mock interview process.
Students also choose a package of up to four additional GCSEs and other courses to make up their full timetable for Years 10 and 11. We offer a broad spectrum of academic and creative GCSE courses, as well as a BTEC qualification in Health and Social Care; a wider range of technical BTEC courses is also available for students who access the college programme at Leeds City College, Keighley Campus one afternoon per week.
Key Stage 4 Options
The following courses are offered as part of the options programme delivered at Ilkley Grammar School:
Creative/ Practical Subjects
Humanities Subjects (non Ebacc)
Art and Design
Business & Economics
BTEC Health and Social Care
Philosophy & Ethics
In addition, students can access the following courses at Leeds City College, Keighley Campus:
ABC Motor Vehicle Studies (Level 1)
City & Guilds Travel and Tourism (Level 2)
PEO Welding and Fabrication (Level 1)
CACHE Child Development and Care (Level 2)
BTEC BTEC Construction (Level 1/2)
VTCT Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (Level 2)
BTEC BTEC Engineering (Fabrication and Welding) (Level 1 / 2
BTEC Public Services (Level 1/2)
For further information, please contact the following:
|Curriculum||Mrs Carly Purnell||Deputy Headteacher|
|English||Mr Andy Colman||Curriculum Leader|
|Mathematics||Mr Jason Breen||Curriculum Leader|
|Science||Mrs Hannah McKenzie||Curriculum Leader|
|Modern Foreign Languages||Mr Kevin Kehoe||Curriculum Leader|
|Humanities||Mr Nat Adams||Curriculum Leader|
|Creative Arts||Mr Karl Hansen||Curriculum Leader|
|PE||Mr Robin Burton||Curriculum Leader|
|ICT/Computing||Miss Victoria Brides||Curriculum Leader|
|Technology||Mrs Victoria Marshall||Curriculum Leader|
|Learning Support||Miss Beth Donkin||Head of Learning Support|