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Our Intent

It is our ambition that all students leave Carre's Grammar School having achieved their academic potential as well as being fully prepared for their next stage in education, or for work, and having acquired an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

Our school provides a broad, balanced, and relevant curriculum to offer the very best academic and, where appropriate, vocational progression pathways and to ensure that the learning needs of each child are considered, and that the development of the whole child is addressed.

Our commitment is to offer a broad range of opportunities for all students to gain experiences, learning outside the classroom as well as within. The provision of a curriculum which provides enrichment through cultural and sporting pursuits is a key feature of the Robert Carre Trust (RCT) curriculum offer, and we seek to continue to extend the partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally to extend these opportunities.

By encouraging creativity alongside application, honesty, sensitivity, compassion, and moral and spiritual self-awareness we believe that we will ensure that our students will develop the capacity to meet the challenges of the modern world and lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives, making the best of their talents.

The curriculum provided by the RCT schools actively seeks to support the development of students’ abilities in the following key areas: creative thinking, effective participation, reflective learning, independence, resilience, tolerance of diversity, curiosity, self-management, and teamwork.


Carre's is committed to providing a rigorous academic and intellectual education which will challenge and engage students and meet the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. The aim is to provide all students with a secure foundation on which to continue into Higher Education and into careers of their choice.

A broad, well-balanced curriculum is vital preparation for the future. All students, therefore, study the following subjects to GCSE, alongside several optional subjects of their choice in Years 10 and 11:

  • English Language and English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • A Language Subject – French, German or Spanish
  • Ethics and Philosophy

PE (Physical Education) is taught to all Key Stage 4 students and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) which includes aspects of careers guidance, is covered through special events, as well through the tutor programme.

Equal Opportunities

Entry to all programmes of study is based on academic suitability and appropriateness, regardless of gender (for post 16 only), race, disability, religion or belief.

Disabilities: In accordance with statutory requirements the school aims to make the curriculum accessible to all students as far as is reasonably practicable. The school has an Accessibility Plan which is available to parents upon request.

Organisation of the Curriculum at Carre's

Our taught curriculum is delivered through a two-week timetable to ensure diversity and flexibility. Each day is divided up into five taught periods. In addition to the scheduled lessons, there is a Tutor period in the morning. The tutorial time allows for the delivery of assemblies and a tutor programme:

  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (including sex and relationships education).
  • Careers guidance and enterprise education.

School Day

8.45 Registration/ Assembly/ Form Tutor Time
9.05 Movement Time
9.10 Period 1
10.10 Movement time
10.15 Period 2
11.15 First Break
11.40 Period 3
12.40 Second Break
1.25 Period 4
2.25 Movement time
2.30 Period 5
3.30 End of school day

To review our latest policies, please view the Policies section of the website.

Homework in Key Stage 3

Students in Key Stage 3 receive a mix of formal set homework and a requirement to complete independent learning activities.   Independent study is essentially recapping, revising and reinforcing the learning from a particular day.   Research has shown that students who maintain a regular habit of independent study in Key Stage 3 make greater academic progress throughout their time at secondary school.

If no formal homework is set for a subject in a particular day, students will need to spend 15 minutes undertaking independent study for this area of the curriculum.  Students need to record what independent study has been completed in their homework planner; this is then checked by parents and form teachers.  At the start of the year, subject teachers give students an indication of the sort of independent study activities that can be completed for their particular subject and these suggestions can be accessed by both students and parents at home on the curriculum pages of the school website.  Students who complete their independent study to a high standard are rewarded with positive praise points.