John Port School's aim is to develop a coherent curriculum that builds on young people’s experiences in the primary phase and that helps all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7, 8 and 9 students will study English, Maths, Science, a Modern Foreign Language (either French, German or Spanish), Humanities, Expressive Arts, Design Technology, Computing, PE, Citizenship and Social Sciences.
At the start of their first year at John Port, students are taught in "all ability" classes in all subjects. This gives students time to settle and the school an opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses, before setting arrangements in some subjects.
In Years 8 and 9 some faculties/departments move towards arranging students into bands or into sets (groups of children with similar abilities in the subject concerned.) As far as possible, sets are flexible to allow movement between them, depending upon the progress of individual students.
Key Stage 4
KS4 is a 2 year key stage beginning in year 10. Students will follow a set of core courses (English, Mathematics, Science, Life Studies (including RE, Careers, Citizenship, Enterprise, PSHE, and Work Related Learning) and Physical Education). All students then choose a subject from an EBACC option pool and three further ‘free’ option choices. All leading to a potential qualification. This core will be supported by a range of optional courses. Within the combination of subjects available students will have the chance to study for the EBACC qualification if desired.
Key Stage 5
The academy offers an expanding post-16 provision providing a range of academic and vocational qualifications such as AS levels, A levels and BTEC. Details of current courses are available in the Sixth Form Course Guide.