Senior Curriculum

Pupils follow the curriculum guidelines for Key Stage 3 (KS3) and Key Stage 4 (KS4).


Most subjects are usually taught in ‘half’ class groups providing a ratio of approximately 1:12, allowing targeted extension and support.

Pupils in the Senior School take Standardized, baseline (CATs) tests in Remove (year 7) and Upper IV (year 9) to allow us to assess their potential and progress.

Pupils in all years sit End of Year exams in the summer term to prepare them for their GCSEs. Study Skills courses and lessons in Thinking Skills are constantly reinforced as they move further up the school.

Mathematics and French are set by ability in Remove (Year 7) onwards whilst an element of streaming occurs in English and Science depending on numbers and needs within each year group.


Pupils take all subjects until the end of Upper IV when GCSE option choices are made. French is the core modern foreign language but in Lower IV most pupils have the opportunity to learn Spanish and German.

Creative subjects have a strong focus. All KS3 pupils study Art, Music, Drama, Food Technology, DT and Dance. There is a talented choir, a music group, an orchestra and a pop band. Every year the school enters Rock Challenge, an inter-school dance competition. Pupils assist with choreography, lighting, and set and costume design and act as the backstage crew. This activity has become a major focal point of the year.

Every summer term, there is also an inter-house Creative Arts Competition organised by Lower V (Year 10) pupils.

There is a strong focus on sport. Inter-house sporting competitions are held regularly and the school competes against other local schools within the ISA and local leagues. Mayville has a 20-acre playing field which has become the home for all of our grass-based sport. The site includes a MUGA (multi-use games area) which is predominantly used for netball, hockey and tennis. The School has use of a swimming pool which is adjacent to our playing fields.

IT skills are supported through specialist teaching. All buildings are connected to the school’s network and PCs are in all teaching rooms. There are also laptops, chromebooks and iPads available for pupil use. All teaching rooms have an interactive whiteboard. The Mayville Hub is widely used by pupils for storing resources or for checking what homework was set in class.

During the spring term for UIV (Year 9), a GCSE options evening is arranged so that pupils can select which subjects they will continue to study through to GCSE.  


Core subjects at GCSE are English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Double Science. More able pupils may take three separate sciences in UV.

The current list of GCSE options is as follows:

  • Art & Design

  • Biology

  • Business

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Dance

  • DT: Textiles

  • DT: Timbers

  • Drama

  • French

  • Geography

  • German

  • History

  • ICT

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Religious Studies

  • Physics

  • Spanish

  • Study Skills

In Lower V (Year 10) pupils are encouraged to be responsible for raising money for the charities selected by the Senior School Council. In the last term of Lower V and first two terms of Upper V (Year 11) pupils act as prefects and assist in running the School. They form part of the School Council. The School Council is made up of the Head and Deputy Head of School. The Heads and Deputy Heads of the three Houses (Austen, Nelson, and Cavell) are joined by the Form Captains for full School Council Meetings.

PSHE at KS3 and KS4 is overseen by the Head of PSHE and is a full five year programme designed to support pupil well-being and development. One lesson per week is allocated to the delivery of the programme. This is supplemented by presentations in assemblies, specific PSHE days, such as multi-cultural day, and by visiting speakers. Most recently, the pupils have enjoyed workshops on e-safety, cyber-bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, sex education, awareness of mental health problems, body image and manipulation by the media, FAKE (Firearms and Knife crime Education),  the Samaritans, and Fire & Rescue. There have also been teamwork exercises organised by visiting teams from the Army and RAF.