Key stage 3

In each subject area at KS3 there is emphasis upon developing independent learners who have good thinking skills, are good researchers, can be team players and leaders within the same lesson and think innovatively to solve a range of problems. These skills are taught and modelled in assemblies, learning family time and in lessons as well as encouraged through independent learning, exploration projects and homework.

  Core subjects (English, Science and Maths) Humanities and languages Arts, Computing, PE, Business studies
Year 7 Weekly homework minimum 30 minutes Half termly exploration projects Half termly exploration projects
Year 8 Weekly homework minimum 30 minutes Half termly exploration projects Half termly exploration projects
Year 9 Weekly homework minimum 30 minutes Weekly homework 30 mins Half termly exploration projects
KS4 Weekly homework 60 minutes Weekly homework 60 minutes Weekly homework 60 mins Year 10


Homework is work set for the student to work on independent of the teacher. This may be completed at school when students are encouraged to develop their independent learning skills, it may be completed in the library or quiet work space or at home.

All homework should be:

Meaningful – the task should support the learning in class

Manageable and appropriate – students must be able to complete the work independently with some

Recorded on Show My Homework

  • All students and parents should have a password to show my homework for their child’s personal homework calendar, though access to all homework can be made through the website here
  • Students can access computers at ‘Night Club’ in the library Monday to Thursday 15:30 – 17:30 where there are also staff present for support.

Year 7 and 8

In Year 7 and 8 students follow a broad and balanced curriculum. The curriculum covers the core subjects (English, Maths and Science) as well as the humanities (Geography, History and Relating) the Arts (Drama and Art) French, Computing and PE. This prepares the students so that as many students as possible will have access to the English Baccalaureate courses. At the end of Year 8 students make a choice of whether to study Geography or History as well as French or Spanish to begin these GCSE courses in Year 9.

Year 9

Year 9 is a mixture of KS3 and GCSE courses. The students begin to study the GCSE curriculum in Science as well as their choice of humanity and modern foreign language. Their remaining subjects follow the KS3 curriculum in preparation for their GCSE choices at KS4.

Enrichment programme

Our enrichment programme ensures that students have access to a range of additional creative arts, cultural, sporting and academic opportunities, beyond the National Curriculum subjects. These enrichment activities add breadth and depth to the students’ knowledge and skills and run through out KS3 in lesson time.

KS3 Programme of Study

Please see below the KS3 programmes of study for each subject studied by students at Compass School Southwark.