At Bournville we aim to develop articulate, resilient and ambitious students, regardless of background, with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to excel in modern Britain.

Our core values and beliefs are:

  • Excellence – We strive for the highest quality to ensure excellent outcomes
  • Dedication – We believe there is dignity in hard work and effort
  • Ambition – We want the very best for our students
  • Integrity – We believe in openness and transparency
  • Tradition – We believe in old fashioned manners, courtesy and respect

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and built around students’ individual needs and abilities in order to allow all students to reach their potential and compete with others nationally.

The purpose of the curriculum is to enable students to:

  • Acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and a world of rapid and continuous technological and social change
  • Develop a life-long love of learning
  • Develop personal and moral values, respect for shared values and for other cultures, religions and ways of life
  • Acquire sound numeracy and literacy skills

Develop and acquire the qualities and qualifications necessary to enable them to reach their potential, progress to the next stage in their chosen learning or career pathway and compete with others nationally.

2017/2018 Curriculum overview

Home Learning

Home learning tasks should support progress of all students through, for example: challenging preparation work for lessons; independent research; consolidation of learning; improving work following informative feedback (written or verbal)

 Extra-curricular

All students can access a rich extra-curricular programme that, together with the curriculum, promotes healthy, spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, thereby preparing students for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.

See extra-curricular timetable here.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education

SMSC should be incorporated into every aspect of our school community, including every lesson, every assembly and every interaction between members of our school community.  By ensuring the thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and of their physical well-being, we can help to ensure that they thrive and develop as citizens, and we can also help to guard against radicalisation and extremism.

Details of our SMSC provision can be found here.

We are committed to:

  • Raising standards of achievement and learning for all our students
  • Extending the range of opportunities available to students which best meet their needs and interests
  • Benefiting other schools in the area and strengthening the links between school and the wider community
  • Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

    In years 7 and 8 students study a broad and balanced curriculum but with an emphasis on English, mathematics, science, modern foreign languages, and the humanities. Students are also encouraged to thrive in the performing and creative arts through subjects such as Art and Drama.

    Over a two week, 50 hour timetable students will study the following:

    • English – 9 hours
    • Mathematics – 6 hours
    • Science- 9 hours
    • Modern Foreign Languages- 6 hours
    • History- 2 hours
    • Geography- 2 hours
    • Core PE- 4 hours
    • Computing- 2 hours
    • Music- 2 hours
    • Drama- 2 hours
    • Technology- 2 hours
    • Art- 2 hours
    • PSHE/ guidance- 1hour
    • Religious Education- 1 hour
  • Key stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11

    In years 9, 10 and 11 our curriculum is diverse and personalised.  All students will study, English literature, English Language, mathematics and the Sciences (with the option to study Triple Science), RS, PSHE and core PE.  The majority of students will also study Geography and / or History, while others will receive further tuition in English.  Students are then able to study three further subjects, choosing from a range suited to their particular abilities and needs, including a number of vocational subjects.

    Over a two week, 50 period timetable students will study the following number of one hour lessons:

    Subject Year 11 Year 10 and Year 9
    English 10 hours 9 hours
    Mathematics 10 hours 9 hours
    Combined Science 8 hours 9 hours
    History or Geography or Additional English 4 hours 5 hours
    Core PE 4 hours 2 hours
    PSHE/ guidance 1 hour 1 hour
    Religious Education 1 hour 1 hour
    Three additional option subjects 4 hours per subject 5 hours per subject

    The following GCSE/BTEC courses are followed by students currently:

    • Courses
    • GCSE English Literature
    • GCSE English Language
    • GCSE Mathematics
    • GCSE Biology
    • GCSE Chemistry
    • GCSE Physics
    • GCSE Combined Science
    • GCSE History
    • GCSE Geography
    • GCSE French
    • GCSE Spanish
    • GCSE Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics
    • GCSE Business Studies
    • GCSE Computer Science
    • GCSE Music
    • GCSE Fine Art
    • GCSE Media Studies (year 11 only)
    • GCSE Art Graphics (year 11 only)
    • GCSE Product Design (years 9 and 10)
    • GCSE Drama
    • GCSE Physical Education
    • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
    • BTEC Health and Social Care
    • Digital Applications (CiDA)
    • BTEC Business Studies.


Curriculum plans



Further Information

If you wish to find out more about the curriculum offered at Bournville School, please contact us via post@bournville.bham.sch.uk