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Curriculum Principals 

The curriculum at The Mirfield Free Grammar School is ambitious, with the National Curriculum and EBacc at its core. We place our RITA values at the heart of the curriculum, which will be designed to give all pupils, particularly those who are disadvantaged and those with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.  

All learners study the full curriculum in key stage 3, and we teach a broad range of subjects exemplified by the National Curriculum throughout years 7 to 9. Creative subjects are given sufficient curriculum time and are not taught on a carousel. Our curriculum is ‘spiral’ in design, which allows for revisiting of key ideas and the incremental development of knowledge, so over the course of study, teaching is designed to help pupils to remember long term the content they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger ideas. Quality assurance processes check that the curriculum in each subject is coherently planned and sequenced, and that the work given enables pupils to achieve the aims and ambition of the curriculum.   


Curriculum Model 

Key Stage 3 


Hours taught per fortnight 

Year 7 

Year 8 

Year 9 







Religious Studies 












Key Stage 4 


Hours taught per fortnight in Year 10 and Year 11 




Option choice 1 

Option choice 2 

Option choice 3 

Option choice 4 

Religious Studies 

Core PE 




Key Stage 5  

At Mirfield College, our curriculum is organized into four blocks, each carefully designed to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the subjects. Depending on whether it is an A Level or Vocational subject, students receive dedicated teaching for 10 or 9 hours per fortnight. This structured approach allows for in-depth exploration and mastery of the chosen disciplines.

We also emphasize the importance of personal growth and enrichment. In our fifth block, students engage in diverse activities for one hour per week. This time is dedicated to exploring interests beyond the core subjects, nurturing creativity, and fostering well-rounded development.

In addition to classroom learning, we provide valuable opportunities for professional placement. Through these placements, our students gain practical experience in real-world settings, further enhancing their skills and preparing them for the demands of their chosen careers.

Our commitment to individual support is reflected in our tutorial sessions. These personalized sessions offer a platform for students to discuss their academic progress, set goals, and receive guidance from our dedicated tutors. We believe that personalized attention plays a crucial role in unlocking every student's potential.

Assembly sessions are another integral part of our college experience. These gatherings provide a platform for fostering a sense of community, sharing important information, and encouraging students to reflect on their personal values and aspirations.

We understand the significance of guided learning in the educational journey. At Mirfield College, we ensure that students receive ample guided learning hours to supplement their independent study. These sessions are led by experienced educators who provide guidance, clarification, and support to further enhance students' understanding of the subjects.

To enrich our learning environment, we regularly invite external visitors to our college. These distinguished individuals deliver inspiring talks and set up pop-up stands, offering unique insights and perspectives on various fields of study. These interactions broaden students' horizons and ignite their passion for knowledge.

At Mirfield College, we believe in nurturing the potential within each student and providing them with a holistic educational experience. Our commitment to excellence, combined with our innovative approach and supportive environment, sets the stage for our students' success in academia and beyond. Join us at Mirfield College and unlock your potential for a bright future.

The following link contains all course studied at Key Stage 5 https://www.mirfieldcollege.co.uk/Courses/All-Courses/