• Welcome to Chaucer School
    Welcome to Chaucer School
  • Learning Together
    Learning Together
  • Achieving Together
    Achieving Together

Years 7, 8 and 9

During Y7 and Y8, Chaucer students follow a broad and balanced curriculum covering all aspects of the National Curriculum. Students have four lessons of English and maths, three of science and additional lessons in geography, history, ICT, D+T, RE, French, music, drama and PE. In addition, students study LIFE, which is a life-skills package, designed to support their learning and increase aspiration. Our LIFE curriculum encompasses a full range of personal development themes and within it is placed a strong emphasis on learning to learn, self-management and enterprise skills. 

Students choose their options in Y9 and currently have the choice of three option picks, in addition to core subjects of English language, English literature, maths, dual science and BTEC ICT. They are expected to choose at least one further Ebacc subject from a choice of French, history, geography and computer science. Their remaining two choices are from a mixture of GCSE and Vocational subjects

Years 10 & 11

In KS4 students follow their options choices and continue to study core subjects. Currently, students have five lessons of English, maths and science in Y10 and 11. In addition to this, students have 5 lessons of options over two weeks as they also study ICT for three lessons and have 1 lesson per week of PE. Students study for a minimum of 9 qualifications. Students have one lesson of PE per week in both years 10 and 11. The LIFE curriculum continues to run in KS4, with a focus on further developing personal skills, whilst placing a strong emphasis on careers advice and guidance.

In Y11, all students are given the opportunity to undertake a week long work experience placement, prior to them completing their UCAS Progress Post-16 applications. This gives them a valuable insight into the world of work as well as experience they can add to their UCAS Progress personal statements. Work experience takes place in the final week of the autumn term, prior to the Christmas break.

As well as through the LIFE programme, students receive advice on Post-16 routes during a 1-1 session with a well-qualified, independent careers adviser. In 2017, over 97% of Y11 students went on to further education or training at colleges, sixth-form schools or apprenticeship providers