Curriculum: Secondary

At Secondary level each subject will be taught with rigour, distinction and depth. We aim to nurture, challenge and inspire in everything we do at Chichester Free School, in and outside the classroom.


At Chichester Free School we want to ensure that all students are nurtured and guided through their examination  journey. We will be providing our students with some revision sessions and some subject specific revision booklets. Here you can find supportive material such useful website links, latest news and updates from the examinations team and tutors.

Important Information for Candidates
GCSE timetable Summer 2018
Controlled Assessments
On Screen Tests
Privacy Notice
Non-Examination Assessments
Social Media

Written Exams
GCSE Subjects and Exam Board Providers
Recommended Study Guides 2017/2018

Candidate Exam Handbook


Useful websites, are as follows:
Advice for helping your child with study
Information for parents about education
Videos aimed at teachers and pupils which parents can watch. Accessible revision programmes, literacy and numeracy programmes.
Helpful guides

Specific subject handouts are available from the exams officer, please contact her on:

As well as the GCSEs taking place this summer the other secondary year groups will also be sitting end of year exams after the half term break.  The websites above will also help our non-GCSE students.


Our practice is rooted in academic rigour taught through engaging and inspiring lessons. We encourage our pupils to show temperance in lessons, challenge them to achieve the best that they can and inspire them through creative approaches which fire a desire to learn. We ensure that our pupils study English and Mathematics for 30% of their curriculum time. We believe that mastery of numeracy and literacy is at the heart of an outstanding education and allows our pupils to access, with confidence, every single aspect of our broad syllabus.

At Chichester Free School we have a consistent and effective approach to teaching and learning. Our teachers are committed to providing:

  • A smart start
  • Differentiated learning objectives
  • A collaborative task
  • An individual task which allows pupils to practise a new skill or concept
  • A learning journey for each lesson
  • Minute by minute assessment

Our literacy strategies include DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) every morning before lessons, speaking in full sentences and tracking the speaker in the classroom. We focus on spelling and grammar and have cross-curricular spelling tests regularly; with the pupils creating their own tests through self-assessment.

In our classrooms we encourage collaboration through co-operative learning. All pupils get to have their say; they interact with their peers and learn how to develop their social skills. We encourage teamwork and accountability in the classroom, vital skills for adult life. This is not just working in groups, collaborative learning means:

  • Positive interdependence
  • Individual accountability
  • Equal participation
  • Simultaneous interaction

We also nurture independence when our pupils learn. Through simple phrases such as ‘ask three before me’ and more complex processes such as peer and self -assessment. Pupils work with their teachers on a daily basis looking at long term and short term targets. Being given the opportunity to challenge themselves through tasks named:

  • Core
  • Extension
  • Challenge

These are highly tailored activities which give our pupils differentiated opportunities enabling them to push on through complex tasks or pause for support.

Pupils are also encouraged to track their own progress. In each subject a pupil expected to know and engage with their own personal target and understand how to reach that target both short term in the lesson and long term, over a term or a year. This encourages pupils to engage with their own progress giving them a challenge and sense of achievement when they hit, or excel their target, as many of our pupils have this year.

We are now developing “Assessment Without Levels” in line with national trends. This is being piloted in English and Maths and embraced by our Key Stage 3 pupils.  Below are the assessment examples for English.

KS3 Reading
KS3 Writing
KS3 Spoken Language

We also encourage reflective feedback and this means regular marking and tutoring from our staff using a ‘Go green – Think pink’ marking strategy; which can also be seen further down the school. This allows for reflective feedback and important dialogue between pupil and teacher.

We are an innovative school and place high importance on the use of technology. All our KS3/KS4 pupils have an iPad for use in the classroom. We use technology to explore, create, experiment, assess and inspire. Our pupils find innovative ways to present their learning through independent research, film making; interactive 3D presentations quizzes and a host of skills, which they share with their teachers. We use technology to enhance our pupils’ learning, inspiring them to produce work in ways they never thought possible and assessing this work through shared, instant feedback.

We also see the results of this technology once every half term as our pupils produce their Extended Project which is developed and assessed in their ‘Challenge’ lessons, our own innovative subject. We expect our pupils to make one full level of progress a year (or three sublevels) in Key stage Three which will put them one whole level above the National requirement and of course lead to nearly every pupil achieving 5 A* -C including English and Maths at GCSE.

The Key Stage Three/Four Curriculum

Key Stage 3, at Chichester Free School, enables our pupils to develop the essential skills which they will apply to their GCSEs and A levels. Our pupils learn to be independent and flexible in their learning. Read more.


At Chichester Free School we recognise that education should develop the mind and body. Physical Education therefore plays a central role in this aspiration. Read more


Class teachers will set homework once a week for all KS3 students. KS4 students will have homework twice a week in core subjects and once a week in all other subjects. Read more. Please find here the link to Show My Homework


Every secondary school student is expected to provide the following basic items of equipment for every lesson:

Black or blue pen (and a spare!)
Calculator (Casio Scientific)
Pencil sharpener
Pencil eraser
Pair of compasses

Any pupil without the stationery items at the start of the day or any lesson must buy a new item from the School’s stationery shop.  No lesson may be missed or interrupted in this process.  Every pupil must have a reading book in their bag every day.

Long Term Plans


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Maths Maths Maths Maths Maths
English English English English English
Science Science Science Biology
Double Science
Double Science
Art Art Art Art  Art
D&T D&T D&T D&T Product Design
Cooking and Nutrition Cooking and Nutrition Cooking and Nutrition Food Preparation and Nutrition Food Preparation and Nutrition
Drama Drama Drama Drama Drama
Humanities Humanities Humanities Geography  Geography
History History
French French French French  French
Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish
Business Studies Business Studies
Coding  Coding Computer Science Computer Science
Media Studies
Music Music Music