The curriculum at Marriotts is extended and personalised to meet the needs of all learners allowing all to make progress throughout their school career. There is flexibility in the curriculum to allow for adaptations to be made that are responsive to the needs of individuals and groups of students as they progress through the school.

There are five key principles underpinning the design of the school’s curriculum:

  • All pupils have access to a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum that supports learning and allows for a variety of future paths to be followed.
  • A strong core ensures that time is given to embedding basic skills at an early stage so that students are able to access the wider curriculum.
  • An extended curriculum ensures all students have access to catch-up, extension and enrichment.
  • The curriculum is shared with partners in the town, to provide students with the widest possible choice at KS5.
  • The curriculum represents value for money to ensure funding is focused on the progress and achievement of students.

The School Timetable Structure:

The school operates a two week timetable with each day split into five one hour lessons. The reasons for this choice are:

  • There is greater flexibility in the division of time between subjects.
  • Subjects can be given a variety of times in the day for lessons across the fortnight (other constraints permitting.)
  • This model allows for some consistency with other Stevenage schools in order to facilitate the KS5 consortium sharing of courses.
  • All year groups will have one hour of Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural education once per 10 day cycle in Marriotts’ Life Skills. This model will allow for extended assemblies; visiting speakers; individual and group withdrawal to support students learning and embed the ethos of the school within all groups.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

The focus in KS3 is on providing a nurturing learning environment with a specific focus on developing strong basic skills which provide a foundation for good progress in the upper school.

In Year 7 all students follow courses in:
• Art

• Computing

• Dance

• Design and Technology – carousel of Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials

• Drama

• English

• Geography

• History

• Life Skills Programme

• Mathematics

• Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) – carousel of French, German and Spanish

• Music

• Physical Education (PE)

• Religious Education

• Science

In Year 8 students will continue with the subjects detailed above.  Instead of the MFL carousel that students experience in Year 7, from Year 8 students will study one language to specialise in towards GCSE.  Subjects for KS4 are selected at the end of Year 8.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
In KS4 there is a shift towards preparing students for their BTEC and GCSE examinations. There is a wide choice of  possible option subjects alongside the core of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Life Skills.

• Art

• Biology, Chemistry and Physics

• Business

• Combined Science

• Computing

• Dance

• Drama

• Food Technology

• French

• Geography

• German

• Health and Social Care

• History


• Media Studies

• Music

• Resistant Materials

• Spanish

Key Stage 5 – Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)
The Post-16 curriculum has reflected the considerable expansion of interest in 6th form studies and Post-16. There is also
the opportunity to exploit the Stevenage Sixth’s (4 school consortium) shared options programme. Courses offered
are reviewed each year in light of student interest following discussions with the Year 11 cohort of students.

For more information regarding the Sixth Form, please click on the ‘Sixth Form’ tab at the top of this page.

“The range and quality of courses, including personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, prepare pupils well for the next stage of their education. Pupils participate enthusiastically in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including a project to build a school in Gambia.”  Ofsted 2016