At Stretford High School we pride ourselves on providing our students with a broad and balanced curriculum which is relevant and in the best interests for all our learners.

The curriculum we offer is in line with the National Curriculum, however it is flexible enough to allow individuals to pick from a number of different pathways so that they can achieve the best possible outcome when they leave us.

We have also built a co-curriculum called ‘8 Ways to be Great’ that runs alongside our main curriculum. Each year group has been set 8 challenges to complete before the end of each academic year and these challenges ensure our students are building their knowledge about future career pathways and developing a skill set that enriches their CV. For more information click on the link at the bottom of this page.

We also ensured that an array of extra-curricular activities are on offer to enrich and supplement the main curriculum.




Timings of the school day

The Stretford High School curriculum is organised into a one week timetable of 34, forty five lessons, many of which are timetabled as doubles. This structure allows us to offer a broad and balanced curriculum at both Key Stages and gives students the opportunity to achieve their full potential, and make as much progress as possible.



KS3 Curriculum Overview

 The following subjects are taught across each year of the key stage 3:


Subject Total hours over year Stretford actual time per week Stretford % allocation

(these are all inline or above National recommend allocation)

English 108 3 3/4 hours 15%
Mathematics 108 3 3/4 hours 15%
Science 108 3 3/4 hours 15%
ICT/computing 36 1 1/2 hours 6%
D&T 54 1 1/2 hours 6%
History 45  

3 hours

Geography 45
RE 45
Modern Languages 72 2 1/4 hours 9%
Art & Design 36  

3 hours

Music 36
PE 54 1 1/2 hours 6%
Citizenship 27 1 1/2 hours 6%


*MFL – This includes French, Spanish and Urdu, with students continuing in the same language throughout KS3


*Technology – includes Food, Resistant Materials and Product Design (in Year 9 students select 2 options from the above)


Students are initially placed in mixed ability form groups, with ability setting for English, Maths and Science introduced after the first half term in Year 7.

As students move through the school, setting becomes the norm enabling them to be set challenging and extending work; in line with their academic potential.


*PSHE is taught through our ‘Everything Else’ curriculum


For more information on assessment and reporting at KS3, see our ‘KS3 Life After Levels’ page.


KS4 Curriculum Overview

At Key Stage 4 students are guided to follow one of 5 curriculum pathways, enabling students of all abilities, aptitudes and interests to achieve and be highly successful.

For each pathway, Students will follow both a core compulsory curriculum, as well as selecting 3 or 4 options from a wide range of subjects (depending on their chosen pathway).


Green Pathway Ebacc

An academic GCSE route leading to the English Baccalaureate

Purple pathway

An academic GCSE route where the English Baccalaureate is optional

Orange pathway

Combines academic GCSE’s with a limited number of vocational courses


Red pathway Science Ebacc

An academic GCSE route where triple science is one of the options and can lead to the English Baccalaureate

Blue pathway Aspire

An academic GCSE route leading to the English Baccalaureate and an extra GCSE in History is taken



All pathways are designed to enable students to achieve 9 or more A* – C (9-4 under the new grading system) GCSE passes or equivalent.

Students have the opportunity to select courses directly suited to their interests and aspirations which, in turn, promotes high standards of achievement.


Key Stage 4 Compulsory Curriculum:   


English Literature


Two Sciences


PSHE/Financial Capability


Key Stage 4 option subjects include:   

GCSE Art & Design

GCSE Art Photography

GCSE Biology

GCSE Business Studies

GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Dance

GCSE Drama

GCSE Engineering

GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

GCSE French/Spanish/Urdu

GCSE Geography

GCSE History

GCSE iMedia

GCSE Music


GCSE Phycology

GCSE Physics

GCSE Product Design



Subject Timetable – Allocations:


The curriculum at Stretford High School is designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. The school timetable is structured around 34 periods per week.

Subject Total hours over year Stretford actual time per week Stretford % allocation
English 108 4 1/2 hours 18%
Mathematics 108 3 3/4 hours 15%
Science 108 3 3/4 hours 15%
PE 54 1 1/2 6%
Citizenship/EE 27 1 1/2 6%
Option AD 3 hours 9%
Option B 3 hours 9%
Option C 3 hours 9%
Eng/Math/Sci 1 1/2 6%
Form time Focus 1 & 40 mins 1%
TOTAL 774 hours