Curriculum @ The Key Havant

Curriculum Overview


All pupils study English in KS3 and KS4. English teaching is supported by our whole school Word Power initiative which seeks to expand pupils' vocabulary (in response to the findings of Alex Quigley in Closing the Vocabulary Gap, 2018) and our emerging Raising Readers programme which aims to encourage pupils to find enjoyment and confidence in reading (in response to Alex Quigley Closing the Reading Gap, 2020).

English intervention programmes are utilised to support identified learning need and learning gaps.

All pupils are supported to achieve Level 1 and/or Level 2 Functional Skills English qualifications during the course of their time at The Key

KS4 pupils are entered for the English Language GCSE and, where appropriate, the English Literature GCSE.


All pupils study Maths at KS3 and KS4. Maths teaching is also supported by the use of the online programmes MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars which support pupils to access additional maths content outside of lessons.

Maths intervention programmes are utilised to support identified learning need and learning gaps.

All pupils are supported to achieve Level 1 and/or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths qualifications during the course of their time at The Key

KS4 pupils are entered for the Maths GCSE and, where appropriate, some pupils can be entered for the Statistics GCSE.


All pupils study science at KS3 and KS4. At KS3 students are encouraged to develop their scientific enquiry skills in a hands-on way. Practical work forms a large part of the curriculum. Some students accomplish the Entry Level Science qualification at KS3, although most students achieve this in KS4. In addition to the Entry Level Qualification, students also take an IGCSE in science, which covers physics, chemistry and biology. Students can complete the double award IGCSE where appropriate.

Life Skills

Life Skills is accessed by all pupils in KS3 and KS4. The Life Skills curriculum includes careers and post-16 education, mental health and sex and relationship education. The curriculum also supports explication teaching of matters related to British Values such as the Rule of Law and democracy alongside exploration of equality and diversity issues and other topics which support pupils' personal development

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is taught to pupils at KS3 and KS4 and provides them with the skill to be able to design and create a range of products.

Pupils in KS4 have the opportunity to achieve an NCFE or GCSE accreditation

Film Studies

At KS4, all pupils will take the GCSE Film Studies course. Learning analytical skills that are complimentary to those needed in English and Engish Literature, pupils study a range of films, from Hollywood blockbusters to critically acclaimed foreign language movies. They learn how to examine the micro-elements that make up a movie, such as the cinematography, editing and sound, as well as considering the cultural contexts and gaining knowledge of the industry itself.


History is taught at both KS3 and KS4 at The Key. Students will be taught a range of topics designed to link the past with the present, and gain an understanding of how historical events shaped today's society and promote British Values. They will have the opportunity to study the history from our local area, which may include visits.

Students have the opportunity to achieve the Entry Level Certificate in History at the end of KS4, or be entered for the GCSE where appropriate.

Religious Education

At KS3, pupils follow the Hampshire Living Difference syllabus for Religious Studies. Pupils have the opportunity to examine various world religions through a range of media, including film, art and a various texts. Pupils will also look at non-religious ethical views (such as Humanism and Utilatarianism) and evaluate how ethics can provide the answer to moral decisions and influence the law in our country.

At KS4, pupils are preparing for their GCSE (WJEC Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies - Short Course). They will be learning about a range of real-life issues: life and death, relationships, human rights and will be given time to discuss and debate controversial matters. Also at KS4, pupils study the practices and beliefs of Christianity and Islam, exploring how different denominations of both religions react to the issues of the 21st century.


Art is accessed by all pupils in KS3 and KS4. Our Art teacher work closely with Hampshire Cultural Trust's Horizon 20:20 programme which gives our pupils access to a range of practicing artists and experience of working in different mediums.

Pupils are supported to achieve Arts Awards Accreditations at Bronze level, with opportunities for Silver where appropriate.


Pupils in KS3 and KS4 all have access to weekly catering lessons. The subject seeks to provide pupils with an understanding of food from a range of different cultures, how to cook on a budget and the principles of healthy eating. These lessons also support pupils basic literacy and numeracy skills alongside their communication skills.

Pupils have the opportunity to achieve a Level 2 Health and Hygiene accreditation to support future employment.


All pupils in KS3 and KS4 participate in PE lessons each week. Our PE curriculum supports pupils to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle, team work and how engaging in physical activity can support self-regulation and mental health.

Pupils in KS4 have the opportunity to achieve a V-Cert accreditation as well as Level 1 Sports Leaders.


Drama is offered to all pupils on our Havant site. The aim of this subject is to encourage pupils to build their confidence, communication and team work skills alongside exploring and understanding emotions. Pupils develop an understanding of dramatic form, style, structure and genre. They have the opportunity to explore and develop skills and knowledge of dramatic conventions and how these convey meaning to an audience.


The Psychoeducation curriculum is completed by all pupils and is closely aligned with the Attachment and Trauma Informed (ATIP) work completed by all Key staff members. During every lesson, pupils consider and discuss topics of gratitude and weekly goals for the week, then move onto the main topic for the week. It is developed on a foundation of the way in which behaviour is linked closely to thoughts, feelings and emotions. Over the year, pupils will discuss and learn about brain development and the neuroscience of stressful influences on behaviour, study emotions in detail, develop self-regulation skills and start to refine a clear and positive sense of identity, underpinned by evidenced based Emotion Coping skills based in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.


Now that the COVID restrictions have lifted, we have restarted our enrichment curriculum with our partners at Bedales. We are looking forward to bringing a new group to the school to experience a wide range of opportunities, including forging and blacksmithing, rustic cooking, making pizzas in the wood fired oven, foraging, beekeeping, erecting fences and foliage, as well as animal husbandry, including walking, grooming and feeding the various animals, such as chickens, sheep, goats and ponies.

Each group will consist of two pupils from The Key Gosport and The Key Havant, promoting positive interaction with pupils outside their typical cohort, with each group lasting approximately 6/7 weeks. The pupils also will start to develop positive relationships with pupils at Bedales, collaborating with on various activities in the Outdoor Work Department

Careers and Post-16

Careers Education is predominantly delivered through our Life Skills curriculum. All pupils in KS4 are supported to explore Post-16 options and apply for future destinations alongside 1:1 careers advice. Our Careers and Post-16 provision is underpinned by The Gatsby Benchmarks.


RSHE at The Key covers the statutory requirements of the RSE Curriculum as well as covering a range of content related to pupils' personal development. Aspects of RSHE are mapped throughout our curriculum but it is also delivered on a weekly basis as part of our tutoring programme.