Curriculum Information 2017-2018

David Nieper Academy is committed to providing all of its students with a broad and balanced education, thus giving them the best basis for choice and further study at the age of 16.

Key Stage 3

A broad and balanced key stage 3 curriculum is provided with a key focus on core subjects to ensure students make an effective transition into Secondary school life at David Nieper Academy. We emphasise the development of literacy and numeracy. We offer a comprehensive programme of study including Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, Computing, Design and Technology, Performing Arts, Music, PE, and RE. This provides all students with a solid foundation that prepares them for success when moving on to the Key Stage 4 level.

Students follow the following subjects (number of lessons per fortnight are shown after the subject).


  • Maths – 10
  • English – 10
  • Science – 9
  • Art – 3
  • French – 6
  • Geography – 4
  • History – 4
  • Music – 1
  • Performing Arts – 2
  • PSHE – 1
  • RE – 1
  • Technology – 4


Key Stage 4 

Students follow a three-year programme which provides them with the time to study for important end of year exams.  Students are encouraged to follow an English Baccalaureate (EBacc) pathway consisting of English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, and Computing. This is complemented by a wide range of optional subjects to allow students to succeed in areas of interest. These subjects include Media, Sport, Design and Technology, Art, Dance, Drama, Textiles, and Food Technology.

See the Options booklet for in-depth information regarding lessons and qualifications.


All Students, at all levels, also have an enrichment lesson at the end of each day.