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The Fernwood School

"High Achievement with Care and Discipline for All"

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At Fernwood, we value the contribution all individuals make to our family. We strive for success, we support all and we nurture potential through a culture of high achievement, care and discipline.

The Fernwood curriculum is designed and delivered by a passionate and skilled body of teachers. It is rooted in a traditional approach to subjects and the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding. Interwoven throughout their curriculum journey are competencies and experiences designed to promote each child’s personal development and wider learning. The impact of this well-designed curriculum, implemented effectively, can be seen in the well-rounded, respectful and responsible young people of Fernwood, ready for the futures ahead of them.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum relevant to young people in the 21st century. We set high expectations and challenge all students to become independent learners who can take responsibility for their own work.

Further details about each subject can be found below:

Art, Design and Technology







Modern Foreign Languages


Personal Development

Physical Education

Religious Education


Study Support

The Library

The Literacy Hub

Key Stage 3 Overview (hours per week in brackets)

Year 7 English (3), Maths (3), Science (2), ADT (4) Drama (1), Geography (2), History (2), IT (1), MFL (2), Music (1), RE (1), Personal Development PD (1), PE (2)
Year 8 English (3), Maths (3), Science (3), Art (1), DT (2) Drama (1), Geography (2), History (2), IT (1), MFL (3), Music (1), RE (1), Personal Development PD (1), PE (2)
Year 9 English (4), Maths (4), Science (4), Art (1), DT (2) Drama & Music (1 per fortnight), Geography (1), History (1), IT (1), MFL (2), RE (1), Personal Development PD (1), PE (2)

Key Stage 4 Overview

In year 9 students begin to personalise their curriculum for Key Stage 4 through the options process. Students choose the courses they wish to continue through to GCSE, which can include a blend of traditional GCSEs and vocational and technical qualifications suited to the learners needs and aspirations.

There are 2 pathways which include the core curriculum of; English, Mathematics, Combined Science, PE, RE and Personal Development (PSHE). Students are encouraged to choose at least one Ebacc option of Geography, History, French or German as well as up to 3 more subjects in Pathway 1.

Pathway 2 students will study one less subject and spend more time on their core subjects of English and mathematics to ensure good grades in these subjects. This will enable them to continue their journey to Key Stage 5. We also offer a more bespoke curriculum, called Pathway 3, for students with additional needs. This pathway, additional to the core curriculum, includes The Prince’s Trust qualification as well as subjects which encourage and promote life skills.

Year 10 & 11

Pathway 1

English (3.5), Maths (3.5), Science (5), RE & PD (1.5), PE (1.5), Each option subject receives 2.5 hours per week.

Pathway 2

English (3.5), Maths (3.5), Science (5), RE & PD (1.5), PE (1.5), Each option subject receives 2.5 hours per week. Student receive an additional 2.5 hours of English and mathematics per week, which is evenly split over years 10 & 11.

Option Subjects include:

GSCEs Grade 9 -1: Triple Science, Geography, History, French, German, Art & Textiles, Business Studies, Computer Science, DT (Graphical & Product Design), Drama, Food Technology, Music, PE, Photography.

Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs):  Business & Enterprise, Digital Technology (IT), Creative iMedia, Engineering, Health & Social Care, Music Technology and Sport.

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
0115 9286 326 |
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