The curriculum at John Taylor High School is broad and ambitious. It seeks to provide students with both substantive and disciplinary knowledge that will allow them to transition effectively to the next stage of their education journey, all the while, supporting them to achieve their own personal excellence.

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9) students are taught across the full range of national curriculum subjects. We believe it is important to develop knowledge and understanding that will allow our students to become ‘GCSE-ready’ by the time they reach the end of Year 9.

In Key Stage 4, students’ curriculum is narrowed slightly through the options process. Students can study from a range of ‘academic’, ‘creative’ and ‘vocational’ subjects. However, the majority of students will study at least one language and one humanity as part of their three-option selection. All the courses offered at Key Stage 4 provide learning pathways towards further study at Key Stage 5 in our 6th Form, apprenticeships or college education.

Our Key Stage 5 offer provides students with the opportunity to further specialise their learning through the study of A-Level or Vocational qualifications. This is supported by a varied enrichment curriculum. By the end of their studies at John Taylor High School, students are well positioned to secure places for university study, higher level apprenticeships or employment.

Alongside the ‘examined’ curriculum, students at John Taylor High School follow an age-appropriate Personal Development (PD) curriculum and are encouraged to participate in a wide-ranging extra-curricular provision. The intention of this PD and extra-curriculum offer is to provide opportunities for students to become:

  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.
  • Globally aware young people who will be able to thrive in the 21st century world.


Further information about our curriculum can be found by selecting the different tiles below or clicking on our designated Sixth Form pages.