Secondary Curriculum

The Secondary Department at Gosden House School takes boys in year 7 and girls from years 7 -11. It consists of two key stages: Years 7 and 8 which make up KS3 and Years 9, 10 and 11 make up KS4. Pupils starting in Year 7 come from our own primary school and from a range of primary schools across Surrey and occasionally from out of county.

Contact the head of Secondary for more information about curriculum.

Key Stage 3

In KS3 students are able to access a modified national curriculum which is exciting, practical and creative. Small teaching groups, with a teacher and learning support assistants, enable students to reach their individual potential. In addition to the National Curriculum core subjects; Literacy, Numeracy and Science, our students also study ICT, Religious Education Careers, PE, Design Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, Food Studies, Art and Design, Music, Drama and PSHE. Students also benefit greatly from intensive literacy intervention through the delivery of Maths and Read Write including sessions taught by highly trained members of staff. Aspects of maths and science are also delivered through our outdoor learning spaces including our Forest School and working allotment and garden shop.

Key Stage 4

In KS4 the main focus is on a vocationally oriented and individually tailored curriculum which prepares our students for life after Gosden whether it be at their local FE college or a Post 16 provision. All Year 11 students take part in a three week Work Experience placement both offsite and onsite, depending on student’s individual needs and interests. Work Experience is a very much anticipated experience for our students allowing them to gain a greater understanding of the world of work and promote independence and self-esteem. Each year it is a real pleasure for the Secondary staff involved in Work Experience to see our students grow in confidence and maturity during this time. In Year 10 and 11 students also take part in a College Link programme at Brooklands College giving them an insight into college life and also gaining accreditation in a chosen vocational area. For our ‘More Able and Talented’ students we have also created positive links with Godalming College and Guildford College where students can access their higher level vocational courses. Students with areas of strength are also able to access our partner school, Broadwater, to access GCSE’s. As well as participation in functional skills maths, English and ICT courses, the KS4 curriculum offers the opportunity for students to follow individualised learning programmes, making personal choices about their learning through the selection and participation in Entry Level units.The exciting and varied range of units offered provides students with opportunities to gain credits that can be combined to create nationally recognised awards and certificates. Areas covered in these units include Drama, Media, Design & Technology, Careers, Travel Skills, Life Skills, Printing, Ceramics, Citizenship, Healthy Living and Fitness. These units promote progression through Entry 1, 2 & 3 and on to Level 1.

Key Stage 4 Exams

  • Functional Skills Maths
  • Functional Skills English
  • Functional Skills ICT
  • WJEC Pathways Awards and Certificates

In Key Stage 4 students follow accredited courses in relevant areas of the curriculum.They also undertake a community placement. Students participate in a College Link Course at Brooklands College which takes place every Thursday morning. This programme enables students to experience busy college life and gain practical skills including painting and decorating, hairdressing, retail, catering and motor vehicle maintenance. All courses are accredited.

In the Spring Term all Year 11 students undertake work experience to widen their skills and knowledge of the world of work. WEX (Work Experience Programme) takes place during the Spring Term consisting of three days per week over three weeks totalling nine working days.WEX gives students the opportunity to practise the skills and knowledge acquired in their Careers and Work Related Learning course. During their placements students can become more aware of their individual abilities, skills qualities, needs and values and explore how these might relate to different occupations. It also creates the opportunity for developing a positive self- image and feel positive about their own employment prospects. They test these skills and are assessed by the academic staff and employers. The pupils complete self- assessments in the form of a Work Experience Log. All work produced is accredited through WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee).

With the support of our Pathway’s Advisor we also prepare students for making more informed choices at Post 16. The school negotiates a yearly contract with the Service and services include Annual Reviews, FE (Further Education) liaison, team-teaching and personal interviews. There is a positive and well established relationship between Gosden House and the Surrey Pathway’s Team. Mutual support and co-operation exists between both partners and we work together to try to provide the best opportunities for our students. During Key Stage 4 when the students are making choices the class teacher and the respective Pathway’s Advisor maintain regular contact to ensure a good service to the student including attendance at Annual Reviews and Parents’ Evenings.

All Secondary students take part in weekly Social Skills sessions which are delivered in partnership with our Speech and Language Therapy Team. These sessions enable students to develop the skills needed to initiate and maintain positive relationships for now and in their future lives. The Department also offers students a range of additional learning opportunities through our Day programme of enrichment activities, which include:

  • Riding for the Disabled
  • Judo
  • Mindfulness
  • Band
  • Ukulele
  • Choir
  • Jewellery making

Year Groups

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11


Miss Butcher

Mrs Head

Mrs Pohorely & Mrs Jobling

Mrs Downman

Mrs Mainwaring & Mrs Sell

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