Curriculum Overview

Formby High School offers a diverse and inspiring curriculum for students across all year groups. We aim to prepare our students for exciting and productive futures in an expanding global society by providing a curriculum which balances academic rigour with creative and enterprising opportunities. Classroom learning is further enhanced by cross-curricular enrichment activities, educational visits and work with visiting practitioners. Students are encouraged to develop independent learning and thinking skills, and our assessment systems promote active development of valuable ‘Attitude to Learning’ competencies.


Please click on the image below to access our full Curriculum Statement:









The Key Stage Three curriculum in Years 7 and 8 includes a broad range of subjects taught over a two-week timetable..

ComputingGeographyPhysical Education
Cooking and NutritionHistoryReligious Values and Education
Design ThinkingMathematicsRESPECT
DramaModern LanguagesScience

From 2020-21, students in Year 9 will also have the opportunity to study other subjects as part of a ‘discovery year’ prior to starting Key Stage Four in Year 10:

  • Arts Award
  • Business Studies
  • Creative iMedia
  • Dance
  • Design Thinking (Engineering)
  • Design Thinking (Hospitality and Catering)
  • Environmental Science
  • Higher Project Qualification
  • Latin
  • Music Technology
  • Sports Leadership


At Key Stage Four (Years 10 and 11), all students follow a core curriculum of English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science (including the option to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate GCSE subjects), Religious Studies, RESPECT and Careers. They choose to follow one of our specialist pathways, incorporating GCSEs and vocational qualifications. In addition to the core curriculum, students make GCSE options choices at the end of Year 8 and are currently able to select from the range of courses outlined below. All GCSE examinations are taken at the end of Year 11 with the exception of Religious Studies which is completed in Year 10.

GCSE Courses Vocational Courses
Astronomy (extra-curricular)French (extra-curricular)Creative iMedia
BusinessGeographyEngineering (BTEC Award)
Computer ScienceHistoryHospitality and Catering
DramaPhysical Education
Fine ArtSpanish

At Key Stage Five (Years 12 and 13) students have the opportunity to follow one of four pathways. These are outlined in the Curriculum Overview document – please click here to access. Typically, students will follow a three course pathway (A Level, BTEC or a combination of both). Those who have a very high attainment at GCSE and who demonstrate the academic potential and capacity to cope with a more academically demanding curriculum will be able to select four A Level courses and will study all four subjects during Years 12 and 13.

Ofqual Information on GCSE and A Level Reforms

FHS Curriculum Policy