Curriculum

Curriculum planning is at the heart of everything we do at King James, it is central to providing our learners with a broad and balanced range of subjects. We will prepare them for the next steps in their education by instilling a life-long love of learning along the way.


King James' essential meme is Curriculum of the Head, Heart and Hands (in the words of Mary Myatt, renowned educator):

  • Head: an academic education developing in-depth knowledge of, for example, culture, design, history, math and science.

  • Heart: a character education building resilience, kindness, tolerance and openness.

  • Hand: a 'can do' education that nurtures creativity and problem solving.


Our belief is that learning should be enjoyable and this is reflected in our pupils’ enthusiasm and commitment. It is reflected in all that they do whether learning a new language, conquering a climbing wall or discovering how to measure the calories in a ‘skip’.


At King James, we aim to provide different experiences outside the classroom. Our community is led by staff and pupils who have others’ interests at heart and who give their own time to run and support clubs and events, listen to those with a problem or lend a hand.

We strive for excellence and set no limits on what we believe our young people can achieve, whilst helping them to be fully rounded individuals. With qualifications that support them to get to the next phase of their post 16 education, and a well-developed sense of not just who they are, but who (and what) they can be.


The GCSE qualifcations list can be found below, which details the exam boards studied.

Qualifications taught at King James.pdf

Key Stage 2

KS2 Curriculum Information.pdf

Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Information.pdf

Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Information.pdf

Careers Advice

King James has a careers programme for pupils from Year 5 to Year 11. We are a member of the North Herts, Stevenage, Welwyn & Hatfield Careers Hub and work closely with the CEC and our business link and Youth Connexions.

Years 5 & 6:

Introduction to the world of work, to employability skills and aspirations. Contact with employers. Support from Youth Connexions.

Key Stage 3:

Further encounters with employers, work on aspirations and future career options, support and advice when making option choices, careers and enterprise activities from Young Enterprise and other external providers.

Key Stage 4:

Each pupil receives individual advice and guidance from a Youth Connexions Personal advisor, has one week of work experience in Year 10, as part of the PSHE programme develops their understanding of employability skills, has encounters with a range of employers, CV workshops and mock interviews, access to START to keep a record of their careers education through their individual profile, apprenticeships support and support with post-16 option choices and applications.

Any enquiries regarding careers should be directed our Careers Leader, Ms Sarah Harvey Head of Humanities and PSHE

Contact email: s.harvey@kjar.org.uk phone 01763 242236