Senior School Curriculum

Our subject specialists deliver a traditional curriculum to pupils in small classes which allows us to tailor our teaching to meet the needs of all academic abilities.

Welcome to Hydesville Tower Senior School

Hydesville pupils (and parents) can download a copy of the Academic Year 2017-18 curriculum booklet here:


We’ve put together this revision guide to help our pupils with revision techniques, being organised and helping them to achieve their full potential:


Here are the slides we presented during the KS3 Maths and English Parent Workshop on November 29th 2017:



Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)

We are proud of the academic rigour and breadth of the curriculum offered at Key Stage 3. Small class sizes and the opportunity for our well-qualified subject specialists to develop programs of study allow our pupils to make superb progress.

The overall balance of the curriculum allows each pupil to experience a wide range of subjects. At the same time we place considerable emphasis on the development of skills which will best equip our pupils for success both at school and beyond. We provide a breadth of education on which pupils can build before they start their GCSE course.

In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, pupils follow the National Curriculum with lessons in: Art, Geography, History, ICT, Computer Science, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish), Music, Physical Education, PSHE and Religious Studies.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)

At Key Stage 4 our aim is to ensure that all pupils study subjects that suit their abilities and aspirations. Pupils are provided with flexibility; both in terms of the choice of subjects and in matching subjects to the needs of individuals, thus enabling a smooth transition to the next stage of their academic journey.

All pupils follow a core curriculum of English, English Literature, Mathematics and Science. Pupils can then choose their options from the table below:

The rich mix of drama, musical productions, sport and extra-curricular activities enriches and builds on all that is achieved by our pupils in the more formal areas of the curriculum, providing our pupils with confidence as well as developing their skills and interests.

In addition, for one lesson a week the timetable is collapsed and given over to pupil enrichment which offers an opportunity for our pupils to enjoy activities that are beyond the confines of the examination curriculum.

ArtBiologyBusiness and Communication Systems
Food and NutritionDramaFrench
ICTMusicPhysical Education
Religious StudiesComputer Science

2017 GCSE Highlights

GCSE results were of an extremely high standard again this year and pupils and their teachers are rightly very proud of what they achieved. We are thrilled our results are consistently comparable to the highly selective local grammar schools and we are regularly ranked by the Department for Education as one of the best performing non-selective secondary schools in the borough.


Overall Pass Rate


Grade 4 or above in English Languages

(vs. 69.9% National Average)


5 A*-C grades in unreformed subjects

(vs. 67.4% National Average)