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Key Stage 3

When pupils join the School at the age of eleven they all study the same subjects.
The teaching week is divided into 25 periods, each lasting one hour, split into a 4 period morning and 1 period afternoon.
The learning process at Colmers recognises the fact that all pupils have a right to a good, well balanced education, which equips them to meet the challenges of today’s rapidly changing society.
From the outset in Year 7, pupils are placed in ability groups for lessons and form time.  The school operates a system of ‘banding’, creating in Key Stage 3, Upper, Middle and Lower Tiers.  These are organised and timetabled so that all children can fully benefit from the education offered, as this allows everyone to work at a pace most suited to them.
In the case of Mathematics pupils are placed in ‘sets’ according to ability.  Movement between sets, and across bands, is possible according to pupil’s progress.  We feel that this structure allows everyone to work at a pace most suited to them.  The exact number of groups in each band does vary from year to year, depending on the quality of the intake.

Key Stage 3 Subjects

Religious Education
Physical Education
Design & Technology
Information Technology
Learning For Life


Design & Technology is an umbrella title for a course which currently includes a wide range of disciplines including:

Food Technology Resistant Materials Graphics


Special Needs provision is well established within the curriculum.  By organising the curriculum in the way that we do, it is possible to meet the needs of all the pupils.
When pupils first come to Colmers they are ‘screened’ to help us to identify those pupils in urgent need of learning support.  Such teaching is given to groups of special needs pupils and, where resources allow, additional provision on an individual basis, through the deployment of teaching assistants.


It is school policy to set homework on a regular basis from Year 7 and we expect it to be done.  Pupils bring home a Homework Timetable and a Personal Learning Journal in September.  Learning to do homework, organising, planning and studying on ones own is an important part of a child’s education.
Learning to do homework, organising, planning and studying on ones own is part of a child’s education.

Key Stage 4


GCSE from 2016 


Subject Qualification Board
Art and Design GCSE OCR
Food Technology GCSE OCR
Graphics GCSE OCR
Economics GCSE AQA
English Language GCSE AQA
English GCSE AQA
English Literature GCSE AQA
Film Studies GCSE WJEC
Geography GCSE AQA
Health and Social Care GCSE Pearson
History (Schools History Project) GCSE OCR
History (Modern World) GCSE Pearson
Computing Science GCSE OCR
Maths GCSE Pearson
Statistics GCSE Pearson
Music GCSE Pearson
PE GCSE Pearson
Core Science GCSE AQA
Additional Science GCSE AQA
Biology, Chemistry, Physics GCSE AQA


During Year 9 pupils choose their examination courses for the next two years.  By this stage our children will already be teenagers and growing, we hope, into young people with the mature and responsible attitudes which will enable them to make sensible decisions.
Our young people receive detailed counselling and parents will have every opportunity to consult with staff concerning appropriate courses.  We firmly believe that we offer suitable courses for pupils of all abilities, resulting in meaningful accreditation.
Since September 2004, in light of our taking on Specialist Sports College status, it is a requirement from the DfES that all pupils, in both Key Stages 3 and 4, have to take two hours of PE in a week.  This has meant a number of modifications having to be made to our curriculum model at Key Stage 4.
All pupils, irrespective of the tier that they are in, will continue to follow a core (compulsory) curriculum pattern which includes:-

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information Technology
  • Physical Education
  • L4L/Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
  • Religious Education
All pupils entering Key Stage 4 have a choice of 3 option subjects each studied for three hours per week.
The Learning 4 Life (L4L) programme is a two year programme.  The programme includes health education, careers guidance, the development of relationship skills, and citizenship. The course is also aimed at developing confidence in the learning process and preparing pupils for life after school.
Included in the course is a programme of sex education and personal relationships.  This aspect of the course supplements the work of sex education already completed in the science syllabus in Key Stage 3.
 Religious Education within the school curriculum follows the agreed Birmingham Syllabus.  In addition to this all pupils have a period of collective worship, either as a School or Year Assembly.  In the case of both collective worship and religious education parents have the right to withdraw their children from these areas of learning.

Key Stage 5

GCE from 2016
Subject Qualification Board
Art and Design AS/A2 OCR
Biology AS/A2 AQA
Chemistry AS/A2 AQA
English Language and Literature AS/A2 AQA
Extended Project Qualification EPQ Pearson
Geography AS/A2 AQA
History AS/A2 OCR
Maths AS/A2 Pearson
PE AS/A2 Pearson
PE (from Sep 2017) BTEC L3 Pearson
Physics AS/A2 AQA
Psychology AS/A2 AQA
Sociology AS/A2 AQA
Arts Leaders L3 award Arts Leaders UK
Sports Leaders L3 award Sports Leaders UK
Please refer to the sixth form section of our website for further information

General Information 

As part of the Government’s desire for parents to be provided with information about secondary school a number of unrelated issues have to be reported on within the prospectus/brochure.

A Summary of the School Policy on Sex Education

Sex Education and Health Education are taught to all pupils as part of a co-ordinated L4Lprogramme.  Some aspects of the programme are also included in other curriculum areas e.g. Science and Religious Education.
The aims of the programme of Sex Education are to present facts in an objective and balanced manner so as to enable pupils to comprehend the range of sexual attitudes and behaviour in present day society; to know what is and what is not legal; to consider their own attitudes and to make informed, reasoned and responsible decisions about the attitudes they will adopt both while they are at school and in adulthood.
Teaching about the physical aspects of sexual behaviour is set within a clear and moral framework in which pupils are encouraged to consider the importance of self-restraint, dignity and respect for themselves and others, and helped to recognise the physical, emotional and moral risks of casual sexual behaviour.  The school fosters a recognition that both sexes should behave responsibly in sexual matters.  Pupils will be helped to appreciate the benefits of stable family life and the responsibilities of parenthood.
The Sex Education programme will include such topics as family planning, HIV/AIDS, STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections), abortion, legislation relating to sexual behaviour, preventative health care and support agencies.

An Outline of Careers Education and Guidance

The School provides a comprehensive careers education and guidance programme for all pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 within Learning 4 Life.  It aims to equip them to make effective, informed and considered decisions about themselves and their future.
All pupils have access to the School Careers Library which is centrally housed in the School Library.    The School enjoys close working links with Birmingham & Solihull Careers Service (Connexions) with regular visits from careers advisors, complimenting the careers programme with both group sessions and individual interviews.

A Summary of the School Policy on Charging

Under the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988 the Governing Body is required to draw up and publish its policy on charging.  The essence of this policy is that, whilst the school will recover all legitimate costs as far as possible, no student shall be deprived of the opportunity to take part in the curriculum programme offered by the school as a result of non-payment of a voluntary contribution. Please see the policy in the Parent Information Section of the Website.