Tutor Groups

KS3 and KS4 Tutor Groups

Upon joining the St Philip Howard family, each student is placed in a mixed Form Group and will be allocated membership of one of the four school Houses; Challenge, Courage, Determination and Endeavour. Each Form participates in both Year Group and House assemblies. Your child will gain Credits through their efforts in curriculum time and through participating in extra-curricular activities which will be recognised through the House system.

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Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9 are termed ‘Key Stage 3’. St Philip Howard students study a wide range of subjects within KS3, including Religious Education, Maths, English, Science, Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education, Geography, History, Computer Science, a Modern Foreign Language, Catering and Design Technology.

In Key Stage 3 students are grouped into four ability groups, with additional support provided for those identified as having special educational needs. Where a student’s SAT scores have been identified as low for Maths and English at Key Stage 2, additional literacy and numeracy lessons are provided in place of the Modern Foreign Language.


Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 covers Years 10 and 11. The Academy provides a broad spectrum of subjects reflecting the wide range of personal interests, aspirations and needs of our students. However, all students study a common core of Religious Education, English, Maths and Double or Triple Science, as well as participating in two hours of core PE.

Towards the end of Year 9 students undergo the ‘Guided Pathways’ process. In close consultation with their Head of Year, subject teachers and parents or carers, students are placed in appropriate courses for pathways that reflect their interests and abilities and of course aspirations for future higher education and careers.

Our wide range of courses includes GCSEs in English, Maths Double and Triple Science, Geography, History, French, RE, Art & Design, Graphics, Resistant Materials, PE and Catering. St Philip Howard also provides a number of vocational BTEC courses. These include Sport, Health and Social Care, and Performing Arts.