Greatfields’ Curriculum

The curriculum at Greatfields School

Greatfields School is situated on the Gascoigne estate in Barking, the fifth most deprived local authority in the country.  As a result, it is incumbent on the school’s curriculum to provide the building blocks and cultural capital to compete with any child in the country.  Our curriculum is not just what happens in the classroom but in every area of school life. Students need to have access to a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences if they are to develop into well rounded individuals ready for the challenges and opportunities that await them after they leave school. The school offers a broad, challenging and diverse curriculum, both inside and outside of the classroom, with an equal emphasis on the core subjects, humanities and the arts.  We believe that fluency in reading is the gateway to students gaining a vocabulary that will support knowledge, independence and skill acquisition.  Our curriculum is constantly reviewed by Heads of Department to ensure it is meeting our students’ needs, so that they enjoy their learning and share our teachers’ passion for their subjects.  

Key Stage 3:

Year  Subjects 
7  English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Spanish, Performing arts, Art, PE, Civics 
8  English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Spanish, Performing arts, Art, Computing, PE, Civics 
9  English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Spanish, Performing arts, Art, Computing, PE, Food technology, Civics 

Key Stage 4:

Year   All  Most  Options 
10 and 11  Maths, English, Science, PE, Civics  Spanish, Geography or History  Business, Sport, Sociology, Art, Photography, iMedia, Computing, Triple Science, Dance, Drama, Hospitality and catering. 

Key Stage 5:

A Levels (students pick three)  Full time vocational courses  Additional courses 
English Literature 








Further Maths 







Sport Science 


Performing Arts 

Health and Social Care 



Core Maths 




The school’s enrichment programme plays a central role in the life of the school because we know how important it is to provide students with a wide range of clubs, visits and experiences that they may not otherwise be able to access. We have a busy after school programme including a wide range of sports’ clubs; dance and drama; art; STEM; and modern languages. We run a wide range of trips for students, mostly to London, in order to develop the cultural capital of our students. 

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum please submit a query using our contact page or contact our school office.

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