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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811


Curriculum Overview

The curriculum of Poynton High School is designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and the broader needs of all our students as they prepare for their future lives.

If you wish to find out more about the curriculum we offer there are links to the prospectus detailing the courses offered at Key Stage 4.  Further information about courses in the Sixth Form can be found on the Sixth Form page at If you require any further information about any aspects of the curriculum offered from Years 7 - 13 please contact the Director of Learning for that subject ( E-mail links can be found on each of the Team pages.)

The school is structured around a fortnightly teaching timetable of 50 lessons. Students meet with their form tutor for registration each day. The school starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3.00pm. The usual time during which students are taught in a normal school week is 26 hours 15 minutes, including registration time.

At Key Stage 4 each option subject is taught in five periods a fortnight. 

At Key Stage 5 most subjects are taught in nine hours a fortnight.

  Number of Lessons each timetable cycle (2 weeks)
  Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Maths 8 8 8 7 7
English 8 8 8 7 7
Science* 6 6 6 9 9
History 3 3 3    
Geography 3 3 3    
Technology 5 4 6    
Modern Foreign Languages** 5 5 6    
Computing*** 2 2 2    
PE 4 4 2 2 2
Performing Arts (Music and Drama) 3 4 4    
Religious Studies 2 2 2 5**** 5****
Learning to Learn curriculum 1 1      

Key to Table:

* at GCSE students who opt for Separate Sciences will have an additional 5 hours of Science each fortnight

** Students study one language from Year 7

*** At Key Stage 4 students can opt to study GCSE Computer Science or Creative iMedia. All have the opportunity to develop their skills in this area through their other GCSEs

**** including Student Development Units