Curriculum Overview

Learning for Life

At Nailsea we believe that students who are engaged and inspired will believe in themselves, and subsequently become motivated and successful learners.
For more detailed information on our curriculum and the value we attach to each subject see the individual subject pages on the website.
Our teachers engage students in learning through a wide variety of activities. Students are expected to be actively involved in their learning, developing vital skills such as independence, creativity and resilience.
The curriculum at Nailsea is broad and imaginative, including traditional subjects alongside practical applied courses. In 2015 Ofsted recognised our offer provided a ‘wide range of opportunities enabling students to acquire the skill, values and aspirations to succeed’.
We recognise that young people have different interests and abilities, and provide appropriate support and challenge for each young person during their time at Nailsea.
During Year 9 students choose their options for Year 10 and beyond from a number of “pathways”, each carefully designed to allow the right balance of challenge and support. Traditional academic pathways are complemented by vocational and work-related learning pathways.

“The curriculum is well designed to match the needs of students.  A wide range of opportunities enables students to acquire the skills, values and aspirations to succeed in the next stage of their education.”   Ofsted, 2015


Number of Lessons Across the Subjects / Year Groups


Subject Number of Lessons across Week 1 and Week 2
  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English 7 7 7 7 8
Maths 7 7 7 8 7
Science 7 7 7 10 10
Core PE 4 4 4 4 4
Ethics 1 1 1 1 1
Art 2 2 2 Student select 4 option subjects – each subject is allocated 5 lessons of teaching time. Student select 4 option subjects – each subject is allocated 5 lessons of teaching time.
Drama 2 2 2
French 3 3 3
Geography 3 3 3
German 2 2 2
History 3 3 3
ICT 2 2 2
Music 2 2 2
Technology 4 4 4

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

All students follow a core curriculum consisting of English, Mathematics, Science, PE and Personal Development Curriculum (including Citizenship and Religious Studies).

Guided-Choices-Presentation 2019 Class of 2021


Course Content  / Brochure

Guided Choices Brochure 2019-21 

Guided Choices Brochure 2018-20

Guided Choices Brochure 2017-19

Post 16 (Years 12 and 13)


Our Post-16 curriculum offers choice and diversity.

A wide range of level 3 courses is available and our ‘Foundation Year’ at Level 2.

Full details are available in the Post-16 Prospectus, which can be found on our Sixth Form page here