The Academic Journey in Years 7-11

About the curriculum at Years 7-11

Our curriculum is designed to develop our students’ knowledge, skills and talents in a supportive environment which encourages and challenges each individual. This helps students to become confident, independent people who understand and are able to meet their full potential.


In Years 7 and 8 we teach all students in mixed ability groups except for Maths, where we usually set classes according to learning styles and needs. This enables individuals to work at their own pace and provides the flexibility for them to be supported and challenged as appropriate. Students follow a broad curriculum, embracing Maths, English (including Literature), Geography, History, Latin, French, Spanish, Computing, Art and Design, Music, Drama, Sport, Personal Development, Classical Civilisation, and Religion, Ethics and Philosophy. A general Science course is taught by specialists in Years 7 and 8.


Our broad curriculum continues with students selecting two languages from a choice of three. However, some choose to study Classical Civilisation instead of a second foreign language. Students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects from Year 9 onwards.

YEAR 10 AND 11

Most students study 10 GCSEs and we create option groups to give students as much choice and flexibility as possible. Students follow a balanced programme including the compulsory subjects of Maths, English Language and Literature, a Modern Foreign Language, and a Humanities subject. All students study for Triple Award Science. We also give all GCSE students guidance on how to prepare for public examinations, careers and their options for further education, as well as ensuring they are well equipped to begin their studies at d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form. Many students supplement their studies by taking co-curricular and academic enrichment activities so that they can make the most of their experience with us.


Each department at Years 7-11 runs at least one trip a year to see an application of their subject in a wider context, be that in the local community, or further afield. There are numerous events in school such as game shows, school council events, music concerts, and drama performances. There are also many activities on offer such as computing challenges, jewellery making, rocket building, and more! One of our most popular activities outside of the classroom is The Duke of Edinburgh Award, which is open to all students at d’Overbroeck’s from all sites, and you can find out more on our website.

Students continue to develop year-on-year

Year 7
Setting the foundation for a love of learning and future success
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Year 8
Developing learning skills with a broad curriculum
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Year 9
Creating the foundation for success at GCSE and beyond
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Years 10-11
A strong focus on high achievement and the aspiration to consistently produce outstanding GCSE results
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Sixth Form (A-Level)
The perfect transition to university and beyond
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