Netherhall provides a broad and balanced education and creates exciting opportunities for all students to succeed. It caters for individual needs and aptitudes, and builds upon individual strengths and interests. 

The school regularly exceeds national averages in many subjects including the core subjects of English, Mathematics and the Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics. 

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

In Years 7-9 students follow a stimulating curriculum which includes all the subjects in the National Curriculum.

Year 7 students are grouped in broad parallel ability bands for English, Maths, Science, Humanities and French. Groupings are initially based upon detailed information from primary schools and Key Stage two tests, and are reviewed regularly. In Years 8 and 9 new groups are introduced for English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Languages. Many students have the opportunity to take German from Year 8.  

Throughout Key Stage 3 students are arranged into groups for PE and are taught in mixed ability classes for Art, Drama, Music, Design Technology and RE.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

At Key Stage 4, a challenging and varied curriculum has been developed. Following the receipt of relevant information and careful guidance during Year 9, students are given as much choice as possible to construct a balanced programme, which suits their abilities and interests.

Students follow a core curriculum of English, English Literature, Maths and Science. The most able scientists can study Triple Award Science as a valued precursor to A Level. The most able linguists can continue with both French and German.

Students are strongly advised to study subjects to enable them to achieve the EBacc qualification and they also choose additional subjects from a wide range of possibilities.

Guidance is provided  at each transition stage, so students can make realistic and informed decisions about their future career path.


The Innovate Curriculum is aimed at students who are wishing to pursue a more vocational pathway in years 9-11, with enhanced work-related learning experiences, smaller scale projects and allocated time to experience vocational courses, alongside the three core subjects and 2 additional option subjects.


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