The Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Years 7/8/9)

Archbishop Blanch Church of England High School offers a very broad KS3 Curriculum covering 12 subjects, meeting all of the national curriculum requirements. 

We offer students a three year Key Stage 3 programme that gives a widespread and balanced approach to the curriculum. In Year 9 there will be some opportunity to begin GCSE studies in core subjects. All students will be given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subjects they will choose to study to GCSE level. This curriculum is taught in 25 lessons each week, each lesson lasting 60 minutes.

The curriculum includes:
English – including English mastery
Mathematics – including maths mastery
Humanities – History, Geography and Religious Education
Performing Arts – Dance, Drama and Music
Creative Arts – Art and Design
Physical Education

PSHCE takes place for one hour a week with form tutors. This time allows students to learn in different ways and to interact frequently with external providers. These sessions cover subjects such as Staying Safe, British Values, Study Skills, Pathways and Work-ready Skills and RSE.

Students who did not attain the expected standard, or who are significantly below their chronological reading age, are given additional support is to enable them to rapidly catch up.


A Caring Christian Environment

"Our two daughters have had the best start in life thanks to the caring, enthusiastic and hardworking staff of Archbishop Blanch School. Choosing the right secondary school for one's children is such a difficult task, but we could feel the special ethos of ABS on our first visit. You inspire your pupils to achieve the academic heights of which they are capable in a happy, safe and vibrant environment."
Archbishop Blanch Parent.

Ethos and Expectations


Academic Excellence

We have a tradition of high academic standards encouraging students of all abilities to achieve and be successful. Our curriculum gives students many opportunities to progress and develop into whatever field they choose offering a vast range of subjects at each stage across the school and giving an excellent choice of extra curricular enrichment.

Our talented teachers deliver lessons which are fun and exciting supported by state of the art technology and resources.

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Christian Ethos and Vision

The Christian Ethos of Archbishop Blanch School is a unique feature of our school. We offer a safe and caring environment in which every student can reach their full potential.

The faith life of our school is a strong feature of Archbishop Blanch. Our new school building compliments our Christian ethos and enables us to come together in groups small and large. We also have a dedicated prayer room for special services and spiritual moments.

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Sixth Form

Sixth Form for the future

Archbishop Blanch has a successful sixth form which offers an excellent choice of subjects to both boys and girls:

Our experienced sixth form team offer both academic rigour, complemented by our supportive pastoral care which together produces outstanding results. 

Our new and exciting sixth form offers its own unique, facilities including: Study Centre, Dedicated Careers Advisor, Study Support Team and Social Area

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