Curriculum Introduction

Lower School

The curriculum fulfils the National Curriculum guidelines. Initially, during the early weeks of Year 7, students will work to consolidate their learning.  It is from these firm foundations that students develop breadth and depth across a wide rnage of core and foundation subjects.  All students in Years 7 and 8 study French and either German or Spanish. 

Across the curriculum a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed so that all students are provided with opportunities to be motivated and stretched according to their aptitude and ability.  Regular and varied assessment tasks will be set, the results of which are shared with parents each term.

Assessment for Learning improves the quality of feedback to students to enable them to make the next steps to improvement regardless of the level they are at. All subjects will use the following approaches to assessment:

  • Most written work will be marked with comments that identify targets for improvement. At intervals during the year students will be given information about what level they are working at.
  • Additionally, questions will be frequently asked in class using the “No Hands Up” rule. This is designed to ensure that all students participate in class discussion. 
  • Peer and self assessment is a key characteristic of Assessment for Learning. In practice this means that students will be asked to assess their own or other people’s work using the relevant assessment criteria. 

Citizenship is a statutory subject and is delivered through all subjects in the curriculum. It enables students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to become informed, active and responsible members of local, national and global communities. 

In addition to their curriculum studies all students will have regular Personal, Social and Health Education lessons. Included in these lessons is Careers Education, e-Safety, resilience, British Values, Drugs Awareness, personal safety outside the home and coping with stress and anxiety.

Upper School

Students in Year 9 continue to follow a broad, balanced curriculum which aims to build the foundations required for GCSE level study.  In practice many subjects formally begin the teaching of the GCSE content during this year.   Year 9 students choose their GCSE options in March and are well supported through this process.  The curriculum followed in the Lower School and Year 9 ensures maximum flexibility for future choices which allow students to study ten subjects at full GCSE.  We offer the option of an AS subject to some students instead of one of the GCSE options.  Some may also gain additional qualifications by studying either GCSE Further Mathematics or AS Level Mathematics.

GCSE courses are currently undergoing reform.  All courses will become linear and assessed via terminal examinations in the summer of Year 11.  Some courses may involve coursework which will be completed throughout the course and may include written, practical or oral work.  Parents will receive written information of subject specific requirements, methods of study and deadlines at the beginning of each course and again at the beginning of Year 10 and Year 11.

Full details of courses offered are given on the subject pages of the Year 9 Options Booklet.

Students will also follow:

  • A GCSE RE course (short course)
  • A core PE course
  • A Tutorial programme
  • A Personal Development course, which incorporates PSHE, Work Related Learning and Citizenship.

Careers and other aspects of PSHE will be included within the curriculum.

Sixth Form

Our aim is that students leave Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend fully equipped for the next phase of their lives as confident and independent young adults, ready to become the leaders of tomorrow.

We are proud to offer a wide range of subjects to study with over 20 subjects being offered at AS and A Level internally.  AL courses are currently under reform and will become linear, assessed by terminal examinations at the end of the second year.

We are developing the Sixth Form curriculum to embrace the wider range of activities performed by all students outside the classroom. All students work towards the AQA Baccalaureate which includes recognition of enrichment activities performed by students, including community work and work-related activities.

In addition students are able to show their ability through the production of a research based Extended Project on a topic of their own choosing. This develops the advanced skills of independent learning, time management, analysis and the selection and synthesis of appropriate information.  The whole award recognises and rewards the skills required by Higher Education and employers.

Over 85% of students annually move on to Higher Education. The specialist advice given by experienced staff is designed to assist students in making the right curriculum decisions to assist in their career progression.

All courses are taught by specialist teachers who have a real passion for their subjects. The content of each course can be found on the subject pages.