Secondary Curriculum

The Secondary Department at Gosden House School takes boys and girls from years 7 -11. It consists of two key stages: Years 7, 8 and 9 which make up KS3 and Years 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.

Our curriculum aims to develop 10 ESENTIAL "Life Tools" that we believe are key to preparing our future Gosden Graduates for life Post 16. These "Life Tools" continuously drive forward and mould our curriculum. Please see the Toolbox document below for further details.

Contact the head of Secondary, Emily Mainwaring, for more information about curriculum.

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, Food Studies, Art and Design, Music, Drama and PSHE are also delivered through our wonderful outdoor learning spaces including our Forest School and working allotment and garden shop.

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 our learners are working at a variety of levels so our KS4 curriculum provides a menu of courses at different levels that take into consideration our student's areas of strength and interest, areas for development and post 16 pathways. Courses offered ranges from Entry Level 1 - Level 1 (GSCE 1-4) (please see KS4 Exam Courses and Curriculum 2018/19 Document below for further details). This year we are excited to be offering the Bronze Arts Award and BTEC Entry Level Award in Animal Care as a new course option to our students, in addition to our current courses.

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, including Mechanics, Catering, Hairdressing, Care and Media.

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.

All Year 11 students take part in a two 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.

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 in their future.

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

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
  • First Aid
  • Football
  • Netball

Please feel free to contact the Head of Secondary, Emily Mainwaring. for more information about or exciting and relevant curriculum.

Secondary Classes and Teams


Year Group Class Name Teacher
Mixed KS3 Simmonds Max Valentino
Mixed KS3 Parks Hayley Butcher
Mixed KS3 Hawking Sophie Head
10 Year 10 Natalie Downman
11 Year 11 Katy Gidley and Robin Harrison


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