Curriculum Overview

The college provides a thoughtful, carefully structured programme of academic and personal development, balancing the interests of pupils, with the obligations of the Post-Primary Curriculum and the needs of prospective employers.  It emphasises a high level of academic achievement, in a wide ability range, and the acquisition of qualifications and personal characteristics necessary in our modern society.



Pupils in years 8-10 will follow a broad course of education including the 8 General Learning Areas: 


English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Modern Languages, History and Geography, the Arts, (Art and Design, Music), Physical Education and Religious Education.


Other subjects extending and balancing the provision include: Learning for Life and Work (which is comprised of Personal Development, Employability, Citizenship and Home Economics) and Information Technology.


Extensive curriculum re-organisation over the next few years  will focus on developing young people’s skills and capabilities especially thinking skills, creativity, problem solving, decision making and teamwork so preparing them for life and work in the future.


Considerable importance is attached to ensuring that Year 8 pupils make a smooth transition from primary to secondary education. Mentor System, Group Tutor and Year Teacher structures exist to monitor the educational progress and pastoral care of each pupil.


Specialist support is provided for pupils with physical and/or learning difficulties.  This is implemented through the Special Needs Department, which liaises with subject teachers, monitors progress and keeps in contact with parents.




In the senior school courses are provided in 20 subjects to GCSE Level.  The core curriculum consists of:


English, Mathematics, Science (Single Award), Physical Education and Religious Education.


In addition pupils choose other subjects from:


Art and Design, Business Studies, Geography, History, Home Economics, Child Development, Business Communication Systems, French, Learning for Life and Work, Information Technology, Science (Double Award), Music, Technology, English Literature, Physical Education, Motor Vehicle Studies and Occupational Studies.


To prepare pupils for adult life, a system of computer-assisted careers profiling is used in the senior school, backed up by scheduled periods of work experience in local commercial and industrial centres.  All senior pupils are offered the opportunity to participate in a full day's workshop to prepare them for job interviews.




Over the last number of years Glastry College has developed and offered a range of sixth form courses to both its own students and those transferring to the College. We work in Collaboration with other NDALC schools to offer as wide a choice of curriculum offer as we can so as to meet the requirements of the entitlement framework.


For more information please see our dedicated Sixth Form page.



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