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Thirsk School

& Sixth Form College


    We care passionately about making learning intriguing and captivating. Explore this section of the site to find out about learning at our school. In particular, in the menu below you can find specific information about all of our different subjects.

    Mrs J Dickinson, Assistant Headteacher, is responsible for the curriculum in school and can be contacted if the following information does not answer your queries.

    Learning at Thirsk

    The curriculum at Thirsk is designed to ensure that students experience a broad range of subjects and opportunities during their time with us. Through the Key Stage 3 curriculum, students develop a broad skills base upon which they can build once they select their Key Stage 4 options and begin to develop expertise across a number of different courses. Throughout our curriculum we aim to promote and develop certain key values amongst our students, to ensure they leave us as well-rounded citizens who will make a positive contribution to their community. Students have the opportunity to experience and explore the key British values of democracy, rule of Law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those from different faiths and beliefs. For further information on these core values, please visit the British Values section of the website.


    Key Stage 3

    During Key Stage 3, students will study the following subjects:


    English                                  History                                                  PE                           Computing

    Maths                                   Geography                                         Drama                  

    Science                                 Social and Religious Studies**    Music                   

    Technology*                      French and/or German                 Art

    *Technology incorporates Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials and Graphics

    ** SRS incorporate Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

    For further information on each subject area, visit the subjects section of the site.


    In Year 7, students are taught in mixed ability groups for Technology, History, Geography, SRS, MFL, Drama, Music and Art while in English, Maths, Science and PE they are placed in a group which is determined by their ability to ensure the pace and challenge of lessons is appropriate to them. These groups are reviewed regularly to ensure that students are receiving the appropriate support and challenge that they need.

    In Years 8 and 9, students are additionally taught in ability groups for French/German, Art, Drama, Music, History, Geography and SRS.


    Key Stage 4

    At Key Stage 4, students continue to have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. The range of GCSE and vocational qualifications on offer to students in Years 10 and 11 reflects the interests and aspirations of our students. The core curriculum which all students must follow consists of:

    • English
    • Maths
    • Science
    • Social and Religious Studies (incorporating PSHCE)
    • PE

    Students are then given four option choices. Students in current Years 10 and 11 have chosen from the following subjects:















    Art and Design


    Business Studies


    Electronic Products

    Graphic Products

    Vocational Courses


    Engineering (BTEC)

    ICT (Cambridge National)

    Music (BTEC)

    Health and Social Care (Cambridge National)

    Subjects within the core curriculum are taught in ability groups, while students will work in mixed groups for their option subjects.


    Sixth Form

    Students choosing to stay on to post-16 study at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College have a wide range of subjects to choose from, both at Level 2 and Level 3. These include vocational qualifications, academic A-Levels and applied A-Levels. The academic curriculum is supported by strong pastoral provision and excellent information, advice and gudidance. For full details of the sixth form curriculum, visit the Learning in the Sixth Form section of the site.


    Skills Development

    An integral part of our curriculum at all key stages is the development of skills that will be vital to the future life chances of our students. These skills include independence, teamworking, creativity, problem-solving, reflection, organisation, resilience and communication. Students have the opportunity to develop these skills in all areas of the curriculum, but most notably through the PSHCE programme (delivered in SRS lessons) and as part of our extensive enrichment programme. For further details, visit the Enrichment section of the site.

    Subject Overviews

    For a more detailed look at what your son/daughter will be studying across all subjects, please look at our long-term Schemes of Learning.  These indicate the areas of knowledge and the skills being developed and give you an understanding of how students will be assessed. We hope you will find these useful and informative and that they serve as a means of allowing you to support the learning of your son/daughter.