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Mangotsfield Secondary

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The curriculum at Mangotsfield School reflects the CSET curriculum statement in all key stages and in all subjects. The curriculum has been carefully designed to challenge and inspire students of all interests, abilities and aspirations.

We believe that young people learn best when teachers convey passion and enthusiasm for their subject and their classroom becomes a place of inspiration and transformation.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

At Mangotsfield School we are clear that the purpose of KS3 is:

  • To build on the previous experiences of learners
  • To prepare learners for the next stage
  • To inspire a thirst for learning
  • To enable learners to make links across subject boundaries

 The length of Key Stage 3 is two years with GCSEs and equivalent Level 2 courses starting formally in Year 9.

All students at Mangotsfield School will study an broad and engaging Key Stage 3 curriculum consisting of:


Number of lessons per fortnight
English 8
Mathematics 8
Science 8
Religious Studies 2
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education 2
Physical Education 4
Modern Foreign Language (French or German) 6
Geography 4
History 4
Design and Technology 5
ICT and Computer Science 3
Art 2
Drama 2
Music 2
Total 60

Subject to change


Key Stage 3 Expected Outcomes

The Key Stage 3 Expected Outcomes details the skills, content and progression over the two years.

Students are regularly assessed and their progress is monitored throughout the year. Underachieving students are identified each time predicted grades are entered onto the system and departments systematically implement strategies to address underachievement. High performing students are further supported to excel in their learning.

We hope this will be useful for parents/carers in understanding the skills and knowledge their child is developing and for supporting them with their education.

Note: Science KS3 Expected Outcomes are under review during December 2017

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to provide a range of Learning Pathways to enable students to tailor their programme to their strengths, interests and future aspirations.

Our compulsory curriculum provides a broad and stimulating range of courses which will be enhanced by the subjects chosen during the option pathway process in Year 8.

Our Key Stage 4 courses include traditional academic GCSEs with alongside work-related routes. 

We are continually review our curriculum to ensure it prepares our students for the demands of the 21st century.

For specific course information please see the ‘Departments’ area of the website and then click on the desired department. 


Sixth Form

Downend and Mangotsfield Sixth Form brings together the strengths and experience of two schools, offering students the advantages of a familiar and supportive environment along with a wide choice of subjects to suit the skills and interests of every student.

Our combined track record gives us an excellent platform on which to achieve further success. Our students achieve exceptional qualifications and our results are rated amongst the best in the Bristol area. Each year a large number of students from Downend and Mangotsfield continue their education at our Sixth Form, with a number of new students choosing to transfer to us from other schools.

As our Sixth Form draws expertise from two schools, we are able to offer a wide range of courses to ensure that every student can study subjects which challenge and motivate them. Our application process is carefully designed to encourage every student to choose a package of courses that allows the right level of personal challenge, whilst enabling all students to achieve excellent qualifications.

As a consequence, our students achieve considerable academic success across a range of qualifications. Every student is supported to progress to university, an apprenticeship or into employment. In 2015, there were exceptional individual achievements at A-level at both schools, with students progressing to prestigious universities including Oxford and Cambridge. Downend Sixth Form achieved the highest “value-added” of any sixth form in South Gloucestershire.

Not only do we offer students a wide range of academic subjects to study, but we also have a rich programme of “electives” in place to ensure students can participate in extra-curricular activities that are relevant to their future career goals.

We are proud of our success in enabling young people to achieve their goals, and we hope that the vibrant and supportive learning environment that we offer will enable every student to fulfil their ambitions.