The curriculum at SET Saxmundham School is set by the Trust Board. It is a broad and balanced, knowledge-based and vocabulary rich model which leads to students taking GCSEs at Key Stage 4. Our curriculum is structured by traditional subjects and sequenced appropriately to ensure systematic and thorough teaching for all. Rich cultural pursuits and a diverse enrichment programme are the other essential elements of the SET curriculum. The combination of GCSE subjects students are expected to take is designed to challenge and to enable each and every student to achieve:

  • the broadest range of skills that will provide a foundation for the rest of their learning and working lives;
  • a high level of literacy and numeracy that will underpin the rest of their learning;
  • a rounded education which will prepare them for life.

Our combination of subjects means that our students can achieve highly within the framework of current national measures (% English and maths (Grade 5+) / EBacc) and in the up-and-coming national measures (Attainment 8 / Progress 8) at aged 16.

Click here to download the Curriculum Policy of the Trust.


Our Curriculum Model

The curriculum is delivered by a one week cycle of 30 lessons in 5 year groups (Years 7 to 11) that are arranged into two Key Stages (Key Stage 3 being Years 7 – 9 and Key Stage 4 being Years 10 and 11).

The weightings given to each subject in can be found in the chart below:

Number of periods per week

SubjectsY7Y8Y9Y10Y11
English (and drama at KS3)55444
Mathematics (and statistics)54555
Sciences44455
MFL33333
History22333
Geography23233
Beliefs and Values111With PSHEWith PSHE
Art and Photography11133
Music11133
Drama11133
Design Technology11133
PE22222
Computer Science33
Business Studies33
Triple Science22
Enrichment Periods22222

Our Curriculum

More information on the Trust’s KS4 curriculum is available from the link below. It is important to note that all Trust schools follow the same specifications for GCSE:

  • KS4 Specification from September 2019
  • KS4 Specification from September 2018
  • KS4 Specification from September 2017
  • Ks4 Specifications from September 2016
  • Ks4 Specifications from September 2015
  • Exam Fees Information for Parents

Copies of the JCQ rules and regulations can be accessed via the links below:

  • Coursework – view
  • NEA – view
  • On Screen Tests – veiw
  • Privacy Notice – view
  • Social Media – view
  • Written Exams – view

NEW GCSE Grading System

Information on the new GCSE grading system is listed below:

  • Nine things you need to know about GCSE grades 9 to 1 – view
  • GCSE grading information for parents – view

PE and Sport Provision

We provide a range of PE activities for students in lesson and plenty of extra-curricular options as well. We believe taking part in physical activities promotes a healthy lifestyle and aids achievement.

We understand that sometimes, for medical or reasons of injury, students may not be able to take part or may need medication to allow them to safely participate in PE activities, e.g. an inhaler.

In these circumstances please ensure our staff have been notified of any medical condition which may affect participation in PE and sports and that they have been informed of the correct use of inhalers. A signed note must be provided if students cannot take part in a practical PE. They will either be given written work to complete or invited to take part in the lesson in a different way.


Further Information


Further information on specific aspects of our curriculum can be downloaded from the School Policies section of our website. If you have any other questions or queries, please use the contact information on our Contact Us page to direct a query to the School.

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