Curriculum - Years 7 & 8

The KS3 Curriculum is taught over 2 years and creates an effective and early transition to GCSE study. Subjects are taught according to National Curriculum guidelines and locally agreed syllabus. All students study the following subjects:

French or Spanish
Drama Music
English PSHE
Geography PE
Religious Education
ICT Science
Design & Technology

Religious Education is taught within the Humanities Curriculum and adheres to the East Sussex agreed syllabus. Parents can withdraw their child from all or part of the religious education and collective worship programme. These students will work on independently in the Library.

Sex Education is taught within the PSHE and Science Curriculum and adheres to National Curriculum and locally agreed guidelines. Parents can withdraw their child from the elements of the programme that are not part of the National Curriculum.

PCS Baccalaureate

The PCS Baccalaureate pathway begins in Year 8. The Baccalaureate pathway is open to students who have demonstrated that they have the ability to rise to academic challenges during Year 7, in addition to previous high attainment at primary school.

Curriculum - Years 9,10 & 11

The KS4 curriculum builds naturally on the work students have been doing in KS3. The KS4 curriculum is 3 years long allowing students to focus more keenly and develop the concepts required for GCSE study in the subjects they wish to pursue. The subject offer is divided into two components, the Core Curriculum and the Choice Curriculum.

The Core Curriculum reflects national statutory requirements and includes: GCSE English Language and Literature; GCSE Maths; GCSE Science including Triple Science; Physical Education; Citizenship, Philosophy & Ethics and PSHE.

In addition to this all students will choose one of the English Baccalaureate subjects of Geography or History and French or Spanish.

The Choice Curriculum takes advantage of the 14-19 national reforms and offers our students the opportunity to select 3 GCSE subjects which currently include: Art, Citizenship, Computing, Dance, Drama (Performance), Drama (Technical), Food Technology, French, Geography, Graphic Products, History, Hospitality and Catering, ICT, Media Studies, Music, PE, Resistant Materials, Sociology, Spanish, Textiles. Our KS4 curriculum is carefully balanced to offer support for learning needs, with extra study support for students where they require it and additional GCSEs for the most able.

Additional information and policies are available online on

You can find out more information about PCS and its learning programmes from the school. If you would like more details about any aspect of our school or would like to arrange a visit, please contact:

Sarah Daniels on or call 01273 575793

Learning Support and Development

The Learning Support and Development Faculty are responsible for providing additional support across the school in all aspects of learning; both academic and pastoral. We also work closely with parents and carers and other professionals to meet the needs of our students.

The Faculty provides a wide range of support including: smaller teaching groups in English, Maths and Humanities, in-class support across the curriculum, individual or small group teaching in literacy, numeracy, language, social, emotional and behavioural skills and parent support groups.

All staff have a strong commitment to ensure that all students, including those with any special need enjoy and achieve within their lessons. Any additional support that we offer our students is based on ongoing assessment and monitoring of student progress.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of Learning Support further, please call 01273 575804 to arrange a meeting with Mandy Lewis (Head of Learning Support and Development).

Please click here to see our variety of Online Learning tools.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, PCS places students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education including British values at the heart of all that we do.

We actively promote co-operative values across the entire curriculum.

The document linked below outlines how we promote learners’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development at a whole school level and in specific curriculum areas.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development Audit

Concerns and Complaints

We pride ourselves on working successfully with parents/carers to resolve issues; concerns or complaints about our work should be referred to the school immediately either by letter, telephone or email. The matter should be raised, in the first instance, directly with the member of staff or their Team Manager. If it is serious or requires further attention it should be referred to the Head Teacher who will investigate your complaint. If you feel your concern or complaint has not been dealt with fully you are asked to write to the Chair of Governors, Clerk to Governors, at the school. They will investigate your complaint fully and meet with you to reach a resolution.


Need Help?

Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

01273 581100