Curriculum

Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form has a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical developments of students and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

This is achieved through a coherent and relevant Academic Curriculum that is clearly planned and sequenced with consistently high standards of teaching. Our Academic Curriculum is designed to counterbalance some of the barriers created by social disadvantage and allow all students to achieve excellence. In addition, our curriculum expands the horizon of our students to see beyond Norfolk and be ready to be members of a diverse global community.


At Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form we have also developed our Pastoral Curriculum.  This is designed to support personal development, wellbeing and the growth of our students’ character. We believe that excellence is the result of the consistent application of three behavioural traits: Aspiration, Respect and Engagement. Our Pastoral Curriculum is delivered through Form Time and is the basis of all interactions in the school will.


Together our Academic and Pastoral Curriculum will build strong independent learners who are well prepared for the challenges of a highly competitive, rapidly changing global society.


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Curriculum Intent


The curriculum is split over 3 Key Stages:


Key Stage 3 (KS3)

Refer to the individual subject areas for their curriculum intent and curriculum overviews for Years 7, 8 and 9.


Key Stage 4 (KS4)

For KS4 guidance documents, click on this link:

Curriculum Information 2021

The following subject areas are only available starting in KS4:

  • Child Development 

  • Health and Social Care 

More information on Child Development and Health and Social Care can be found via the Curriculum Information 2021 link above.

Note: We will be updating our KS4 guidance documents during Academic Year 2021/22, so watch this space! 


Key Stage 5 (KS5)

Visit our Sixth Form site for more information:

Sixth Form

The content of the curriculum and a summary for Universities is available on our website.

We strive to offer a balanced curriculum in order to address every student’s personal needs and ability to be successful in our Sixth Form.  To this purpose, we offer straight academic A Level programmes alongside a mix of vocational and academic programmes to vocational only programmes.

Additionally, Year 12 students follow an enrichment course and an academic coaching option.  The latter aims at giving back to the local community by dedicating one hour a week off their timetable to help students lower down the school who are struggling in their chosen areas.  This includes Literacy and English as an Additional Language Mentors, to name a few.

Year 13 students also undertake one week of work experience in the first week of September.

Both year groups follow a tutorial programme twice a week aimed at developing their critical skills and enriching their personal skills.

Further information is available on the Sixth Form section as well as at our Sixth Form Parents’ Information Evening held in September.

We are confident that our Sixth Form meets the 16 to 19 study programme requirements.

Note: We will be updating our KS5 guidance documents during Academic Year 2021/22, so watch this space! 


Our curriculum also includes:

  • Access to independent, impartial careers advice for students Pathways Guidance Coordinator who works closely with our PSHEE teaching team.

  • Include Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

  • Citizenship and exploration of fundamental British Values.


For further information on our Curriculum, please contact Mrs L Wilkinson, Assistant Principal – Curriculum