Here at Chamberlayne we believe in the power of learning through varied experiences and as a result are determined in our ambition to provide a whole range of learning experiences through a wide subject entitlement alongside many opportunities to attend school trips.
During their first three years at Chamberlayne (Key Stage 3, or "KS3"), students study a wide range of subjects. For a detailed understanding of what is studied in each subject in each year, please click on the relevant subject titles in the drop down list under the curriculum tab. For an overivew of topics taught during this half term for KS3 subjects, please click the button on the right.
At the end of Year 11, students take public examinations, and gain qualifications in order to progress on to further education, higher education and ultimately their chosen career path. Examination subjects require more time each week than students spend in years 7 to 9, so in year 9 it is necessary to reduce the number of subjects students follow; to this end our year 9 students are supported through our preferences process. For more information, click the button on the right of this page.
In addition to the subjects detailed:
All Year 7 undertake swimming lessons off site and are expected to attend the Year 7 overnight camp at Woodmill in the summer term where outdoor activities are arranged followed by a meal by an open fire with music and fun.
All Year 8 undertake sailing lessons off site where they are taught to sail and experience fun and teamwork, on the water.
All Year 9 undertake off site outdoor adventurous activities that build on leadership and teambuilding skills at Woodmill Activity Centre.
All Year 9 are also offered the opportunity to study for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Curriculum time is allocated for this study. Parents are invited to a DofE information evening annually when their child is in Year 9.
Music: We endeavour to provide a very heavily subsidised music programme that is very popular at Chamberlayne. Many students receive additional instrumental or vocal lessons in addition to their normal curriculum. We believe very much in the power of the performing arts to bring about personal, academic and social growth. If your child has an interest in instrumental lessons then please inform their tutor soonest.
Pastoral Study: All students in all years study Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural studies each week as part of programme to best prepare them for life in modern Britain. This is further supported by visits to places that we believe add cultural and spiritual value will through widening experiences. Southampton Mosque or the Houses of Parliament are examples of visits. There is also a wide variety of visiting speakers planned each year and these inspirational people often offer really valuable examples of experiences. In the past we have had paralympians, Holocaust survivors, Radio DJs and professional footballers just to name a few.
All students have 20 minutes tutor time at the beginning of each day where they consider current affairs, moral and cultural issues alongside preparing for the school day as part of a fully planned timetable. Their tutor is responsible for helping with organisation, engagement with extra-curricular activities, offering support and providing pastoral care. They are fully supported by a Pastoral Leader and a Senior Leader who oversees each year group. Tutors are usually the first port of call for parents.
Where a parental donation is required for trips and activities, we are keen to financially support families who are in need in order that students are provided a full range of opportunities.
If you would like further information on the curriculum that the school is following, please look at the subject 'tabs' under 'curriculum' on the website, or contact the school here.
We offer an innovative, and exciting approach to what you may refer to as year 9 'options'. At Chamberlayne, we take our students through a comprehensive and tailored preferences process. For more information, click the button above.
For an overview of the topics being taught by subject this half term in years 7 - 9, please click on the above button. More detailed subject information can be found in the drop down menu, under 'curriculum'.
A presentation containing information on KS4 core curriculum subjects (maths, English, science) can be found by clicking the above button.