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What subjects do the students study in KS3 at Pensby High School?

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information Technology
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Geography
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • PSHE
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Drama
  • Design Technology Construction
  • Design Technology Food

What subjects do the students study in KS4 at Pensby High School?

Pensby High School encourages all students to follow a broad and balanced curriculum in Key Stage 4 and we have endeavoured, within the constraints imposed by the National Curriculum, to offer as wide a choice of subjects as possible.  The National Curriculum requires students to study all the subjects from the following lists:

All these subjects are externally examined

  • Mathematic
  • English
  • Science
  • Ethics and Philosophy (RE)

In addition the following areas are studied:

  • Physical Education
  • ICT / Computer Studies
  • PSHE/RSE; which includes Work Related Learning, Sex Education, Careers Education

Entitlement Curriculum or Options

In addition to the compulsory subjects referred to previously, students are also provided with access to an Entitlement Curriculum.  At Pensby this means they can choose to study up to three subjects (all leading to a full qualification) from the following:

  • Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish)
  • Design Technology (Hospitality & Catering)
  • Arts (Art & Design, 3D-Design & Technology, Drama, Music, Sport Studies)
  • Humanities (Citizenship, Ethics & Philosophy, History, Geography)
  • Commerce and Society (Business & Enterprise, Child Development, Computing, Media Studies)
  • Triple Science (Leading to qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Further guidance will be provided during the options process.

KS3 – Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum runs from Year 7 to Easter of Year 9. 

Subject Periods per fortnight 
Design Technology Food (DTF) 
Design Technology (Graphics / Resistant Materials) 
Ethics & Philosophy 
Information Technology and Computer Studies (ICT) 
Physical Education (PE) 
Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) 
Total 50 

KS4 Curriculum 

Subject Periods per fortnight 
English – English Language & English Literature 
Science –  Either three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) or Combined Science 10 
Option A Subject 
Option B Subject 
Option C Subject 
Option D Subject 
Core: Ethics & Philosophy, ICT/computer studies, PE & PSHE (including work related learning, sex education & careers education) 
Total 50 

Citizenship is delivered through PSHE in Year 7, Geography in Year 8 and History in Year 9. 

SMSC, British Values and Careers Education Guidance is run through our PSHE schemes of work and forms part of our curriculum enrichment days. 

At GCSE the following option subjects are offered: 

  • Arts: Art & Design, 3D-Design & Technology, Drama, Music, Sports Studies 
  • Commerce and Society: Business & Enterprise, Child Development, Computing, Media Studies 
  • Design Technology: Hospitality & Catering 
  • Humanities: Citizenship, Ethics & Philosophy, Geography, History, Psychology 
  • Spanish
Pensby High School
Irby Road, Heswall CH61 6XN
Tel: 0151 342 0570 Fax: 0151 342 0571
Email: Headteacher: Mr K Flanagan