At GTS our ethos is to ensure that all pupils are able to make outstanding progress in their learning and
personal development in their 5 years with us. We will look at each cohort as they join GTS and evaluate
the best learning pathway for all the pupils.
At GTS Key Stage 3 is taught over years 7, 8 and 9. All pupils entering the school in this Key Stage will sit
CAT tests. These are Cognitive Ability Tests and allow the school to assess the pupils’ correct academic
grouping. GTS use CAT alongside KS2 test scores as these give the school a solid base line on academic
potential removing issues such as literacy or the previous school not sitting KS2 SATs.
In year 7 pupils follow the GTS Learner’s Baccalaureate. This is an exciting curriculum that is focused on
developing their learning, thinking, numeracy and literacy skills. By enhancing these skills when pupils start
GTS, they will enjoy greater academic success later on. These are delivered through a series of engaging
challenges that are designed to provide pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils will follow
these challenges in, differentiated, mixed ability groups of about 20 pupils. Flexibility has been built into
these challenges to allow more able pupils to excel whilst giving time and support to those pupils who
require it. The subjects that require repeated practise to learn - modern languages, maths, PE - are
delivered as discreet subjects. Classes for these subjects are set by ability as this allows pupils that require
extra support with their literacy and numeracy to have to 4 extra hours of tuition a week in place of
learning a modern foreign language This also allows our most able pupils to be taught both French and
When pupils progress into year 8, they will be taught in discrete subjects with an over-arching theme or
Big idea’ which will connect their learning in all of their different subjects. By year 9 pupils will study all
subjects discreetly so that they are able to make an informed choice when they choose what they will
study at GCSE. This selection is made through our ‘guided choices’ process.
In Year 8 & 9 pupils are taught all subjects in one of three curriculum pathways; progress, core or
accelerated. This allows the teachers to ensure that the pupils are working at a pace that best suits their
learning needs, receiving support or extension when necessary. The progress groups typically small,
comprise of up to 20 pupils and frequently have Teaching Assistant support. Pupils may receive an
additional 3 periods a fortnight of literacy or numeracy support to help them develop these key skills.
Pathways allow for flexibility in teaching with a pupil being able to receive an education that best suits
their needs; a truly personalised curriculum.