The Students Journey through Paulet High School and 6th Form College

The school day

Students are taught in five, sixty minute lessons during the day with break and lunch following periods 2 and 4 respectively. All students have a 20 minute registration session with their form tutor and form group at lunch time. Lunch time is split to enable students a better lunch time experience.

8.30 – 9.30         Period 1

9.30 – 10.30       Period 2

10.30-10.50        Break

10.50 – 11.50     Period 3

11.50 – 12.50     period 4

12.50 – 13.10     KS4 registration

12.50 – 1.30       KS3 lunchtime

13.10 – 13.30     KS4 lunchtime

13.30 – 13.50     KS4 registration

13.50 – 14.50     Period 5

Assemblies take place every week on a 2 week rotation. Week one is Year group assemblies and week 2 is house assemblies.

Extra-curricular learning

At Paulet we believe that learning inside the classroom is only part of a child’s education. We provide a vast range of activities, experiences and opportunities for our children to grow and develop.

Trips including foreign visits to France, Bay of Naples, Madrid, Iceland, Biannual ski trip (Austria in 2019) and biannual 6th form New York trip allow children and students the chance to explore the world, to meet new cultures and make some memories which will last a lifetime.

Students can learn to play an instrument; there are several peripatetic tuitions available including vocal tuition and students can also work towards graded music exams at Paulet.

Students can take part in a school production, grow vegetables, look after our chickens, be in the technology club, play for a sports team, go to homework club, read in the library and much more at lunch times and after school. The best place to see these events is on our Pinboard which can be accessed from our webpage.

Students in year 10 and 12 this year can also work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards.

Transition to Key Stage 3

It is essential that students continue to make good progress from their finishing point at the end of junior school. At Paulet we work with our partner schools to ensure we have a clear picture of what students can and can’t do in the core subjects. Our lead teachers in the core subjects have met with their counterparts at our partner junior schools to ensure we have a full understanding of the curriculum students have studied up until year 6 and have planned learning for our students which allows them to meet continued progress.

Year 7 and 8

Students in year 7 and 8 experience a broad range of subjects which are detailed in the table below. Most subjects are taught in form groups. Students have 3 hours per week in English and a one hour literacy hour which is taught in the library. Part of the literacy hour is focused on reading and we run a program called Accelerated Reader which sets all students appropriate reading for them to make at least good progress.

In maths and science students are grouped by ability after the first half term. In performing arts, design technology and P.E. students rotate around different specialisms. In design and technology students will experience around 9 weeks each of textiles, food technology, resistant materials and electronics, in performing arts students do a term each in music, drama and dance and in PE students are able to experience different sports across the year.

Year 7 and 8 Mixed ability taught in tutor groups Ability sets Carousels
Subject Art English French and Spanish Geography History ICT Literacy Philosophy and Ethics Science Maths Performing arts Design technology P.E.
Hours per week 1 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 3 4 1 2 2

Year 9

In year 9 students are independently set in English, maths and science. This enables teachers to best prepare students for the rigours of the new GCSE qualifications they will sit in Year 10 and 11 and set appropriately challenging work.

Tear 9 Ability Sets Grouped in mixed ability classes (with 1 top set) Choices (Students pick 2 from 4) Language


Subject Maths Science English Philosophy and Ethics Geography History ICT Art/Art with Textiles Drama Music DT French or Spanish PE
Hours per week 4 3 4 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2


Students continue to have a broad curriculum in year 9 which prepares them for the wide range of choices when they take their GCSE options. These other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups as this is how they are grouped in KS4.

Students in year 9 make some choices about their curriculum; this is to help them to focus on subjects which they are more likely to choose as an option for their GCSEs.

Students make a choice between French and Spanish. This enables students to specialise in the language of their choice before making their GCSE options later in year 9. Many students will choose a language as a GCSE option, a few students will continue to study both languages if they are particularly strong linguists with an interest in a career in linguistics.

Students also choose two creative subjects from music, drama, art, art textiles and design technology. Student voice conducted in 2016 told us that students in year 8 would like to have the chance to specialise more in their creative curriculum in preparation for their GCSEs. As the maximum number of creative choices students can make in their GCSE options is 2, the 2 from 4 curriculum model has been developed and is popular with students and teachers. Students have the opportunity to change these subject choices at Christmas, if they choose to, before they take their options in the spring term.

In year 9, students receive end of KS4 attainment targets. Reporting home to parents is reflected in this by teachers who start to forecast end of KS4 levels in year 9. This helps students make decisions about their options choices as they can reflect upon their individual strengths and interests before making their choices.

Students at Paulet receive comprehensive guidance when making their guided option choices. This includes an options booklet, assemblies on subject choices and careers and a parents information evening which includes talks on the options process as well as parents evening.


Key stage 4    ‘Pathways to Success.’

At Paulet we have developed a bespoke curriculum for our students in years 10 and 11. We call our curriculum model  ‘Pathways to success.’ The pathways were first introduced for the new year 10 in September 2016. The philosophy behind our pathways are:

  • All students have a huge amount of potential and we believe all students can fulfil their potential at Paulet.
  • Students need different levels of academic challenge to meet their needs and aspirations.
  • Students have different paces of learning and their curriculum should reflect this.
  • Students require different levels of support to reach their potential.
  • Success for one student might be failure for another.

To this effect our key stage 4 curriculum has 3 pathways. These pathways are called the Blue, Red and Yellow Pathways.

Blue Pathway:   

This pathway allows students to take 8 GCSEs. Students in the blue pathway are encouraged to take the ebacc which is a suite of subjects made up of English, maths, science, a language (French or Spanish) and a humanity (geography or history.) These students are also able to take triple science as an option. Students in the top set for maths have the opportunity to sit statistics as a GCSE as part of their maths curriculum to provide the academic rigour and challenge they need. Students are advised to use 1 of their 3 options choices to study an art, technology or other subject of interest to them.

Red Pathway:    

This pathway allows students to achieve 8 GCSEs. Students in the Red Pathway make 3 options choices. All students must study either history, geography, French or Spanish as one of their choices. The students then have 2 other options to use as they wish considering what they want to do after they leave Paulet High School in Year 11. For some students this may mean doing the ebacc but for others it will mean taking 2 subjects that fulfil their interests.

Yellow pathway: 

A few students each year are given a free choice of subjects. These students are encouraged to do fewer academic GCSEs and choose vocational and creative choices which they feel will be  more pertinent to their post 16 aspirations. They have 3 option choices and they do not need to study any subjects in the ebacc.

The table below details the option choices for 2019

Core subjects Option A Option B Option C
Subject English Maths Science P.E. Philosophy and Ethics Triple Science,



Btec Creative media

Btec PE

Btec Health and Social Care

Ethics and Philosophy






OCR Engineering Design






OCR Systems Engineering

Btec creative media

Btec Child development

Hours per week 5 4 5 1 1 3 3 3


6th Form

All students in year 11 have the opportunity to progress to our 6th form college as well as candidates from other centres. Students are interviewed by senior teachers, have assemblies and can attend a 6th form open evening to gather information about our 6th form curriculum choices. Students then have to apply to our 6th form and they are made a conditional offer. The conditional offer stipulates what grades students need to achieve to secure their place.

At the beginning of year 12 students who wish to take up their place need to attend the enrolment day. Final decisions of which courses students would like to study are made reflecting on current career aspirations and GCSE results. Students have a wide range of curriculum choices which are detailed below. All A level and vocational subjects have five 1 hour lessons per week.

A Level qualifications Vocational qualifications Level 2 qualifications
English Literature ICT (Btec current year 12 and OCR national current year 13) Resit English GCSE
Maths Btec Engineering Resit Maths GCSE
Physics Btec Sport  
Chemistry Btec Health and social care  
Biology Btec Business studies  
Music Other qualifications and awards  
Art Extended project qualification (EPQ)  
Sociology Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award  
Product Design    

Students who don’t achieve a grade 4 or equivalent in GCSE English and maths have to continue to study them in the 6th form. This may compromise their option choices as resit English and maths are placed in one of the option pools.

Where sufficient interest in subjects is not established, courses may not run as they are not financially viable.

All of our 6th form curriculum courses are 2 years in duration. Therefore, students who register in our 6th form are committing to 2 further years of study.

Our 6th form centre offers a varied and valuable enrichment programme. All students are timetabled for 1 hour per week on a Wednesday afternoon to choose between a range of activities such as: The Duke of Edinburgh Award, the extended project qualification, an enterprise team, volunteering, sports and student leadership. Students also receive careers education as well as guidance and support in applying to universities. Visits to universities are arranged and students can go on alternating biannual residential visits skiing or to New York which is only open to 6th form students.