Our Curriculum

Whilst Students join Wemms at varying stages of their education, and may start on a part timetable, Wemms is passionate about providing each learner with a well rounded, diverse and balanced learning experience.

In common with all good schools, we aspire to offer our students an education that empowers them to embrace life as a citizen of 21st century Britain with confidence, enthusiasm and empathy.

Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 students study a fixed core curriculum at each stage. Key Stage 4 students are permitted to select from a range of optional subjects to study alongside the core KS4 curriculum. We are keen to ensure that year 11 students depart from us with The English Baccalaureate.


  • About The English Baccalaureate

    The English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) is a performance measure, rather than a qualification. The Ebacc government initiative was launched to encourage schools in England to promote a range of academic subjects to KS3 and KS4 students. Students must achieve five A* to C grades in a range of GCSEs that qualify for the Ebacc, including:

    • English at grade C or above, or English Language at grade C or above and a grade achieved for English Literature
    • Maths
    • Science - two A* to C grades in either Science A or Science B plus Additional Science or two out of three of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Computer Science.
    • Humanities - Geography & History
    • Languages - French, German, Spanish, Polish, Urdu & Mandarin

    The Ebacc government initiative was launched to encourage schools in England to promote a range of academic subjects to age 16.

    With such qualifications as our minimum target, our students have no difficulty in securing places in local sixth forms and ultimately fulfilling their potential in higher education.

Key Stage 2 Curriculum

Wemms KS2 Primary School Curriculum aims to inspire a love of learning, a passion for life, and an enquiring mind that looks for connections. Our students thrive on asking questions, researching topics, developing interests that are beyond the standard National Curriculum and, most importantly, laughing!

  • Maths
    4 Hours Per Week

    Students cover the Primary National Maths Curriculum at a speed and level appropriate to their aptitude. We believe in scaffolding mathematical development with clear method, ensuring that prior knowledge is secure and that the language of mathematics is respected and enriched. We reach width ways to enhance our students experience and offer a mixture of formal book work, mix and match games, audio-visual presentations and drama to engage all learning styles. We emphasise mastery, linking up concepts, finding the real world value of what we are learning . We love problem solving and do not let worded problems phase us! We enjoy looking at exam questions as a part of the daily tapestry of learning but we do not hot-house children through GCSE’s at a ridiculously young age nor do we cram for pretest, common entrance and the like. A child who is well educated in maths, who has confidence in their skills and a passion for the subject will automatically perform well, generate pertinent exam solutions and enter high school ready to soar.

    Primary Students learn Geometry, Number and Algebra, Statistics and Problem solving. They work with 2D and 3D shape and integrate the use of Spreadsheets, Databases and Subject Specific Software into their daily experience.

  • English
    4 Hours Per Week

    Our Primary Students follow a language rich education and use the skills they learn in bespoke English classes to underpin their work in humanities, design, PSHE, topic, and food tech.

    We spend one lesson a week developing our students confidence and expertise in express themselves in the spoken word. Our public speaking course enriches the students understanding of oral communication, body language, timing, engagement and empathy and enhances their ability to read out loud, recite and communicate in technicolor, so enthralling their audience every step of the way!

    Another lesson is dedicated to formal grammar, handwriting, punctuation, vocabulary and all the skills required to ensure every student becomes a powerful master of the written word.

    The third lesson develops the student’s appreciation of poetry and literature and often follows a theme that is being developed in topic, science or humanities.

    The final lesson is based on writing for a purpose. Sometimes it is creative writing, sometimes it is writing to persuade, sometimes writing to inform. The skills gained in this session are reinforced across the curriculum with all teachers using the same structures within their written tasks.

  • Science
    4 Hours Per Week

    All primary students have weekly access to our well equipped science lab and undertake tabletop experiments in all other science lessons. Over the primary curriculum, the students study the foundations of Chemistry, Physics and Biology and cover specific units in electricity, circuits, light, characteristics of living organisms, classification of animal and plant kingdom, evolution, reversible and irreversible change, space, and the human body. The emphasis is learning from practical experience and having fun in a safe, controlled environment. We also support our science curriculum by regular trips to Wildlife Parks, Science Museums and the Big Bang Festival. Last year students met birds of prey and snow leopards in Hertfordshire, experienced the Launch Pad in London and learnt about Flight and free fall in a wind tunnel. They also visited a water purification centre, the World Wildlife Headquarters and Sea World in Brighton. This year’s proposed trips also encompass the Horniman Steam Museum, Kew Gardens and conservation lectures at Chessington World of Adventure.

  • Humanities
    4 Hours Per Week

    Year 3-6 enjoy two lesson a week dedicated to developing historical awareness and explore The Ancient Greeks, The Vikings and Ancient Britons, Victorian Childhood, Childhood during the Second World War, Crime and Punishment, Britain since 1948 and the Exploration of Space.

    They enjoy regular trips to places of historical interest and interactive museums exhibits. A recent trip to the Imperial War Museum, The Churchill War Rooms and a late night treat of the theatre production of Goodnight Mr Tom was particularly well received. We also enjoyed exploring Leeds Castle just before Christmas.

    Geography focuses on learning about the structure of our Earth, its climate, its rivers, oceans, land masses and mountains. Having learnt about the major areas of the world and their cultures, we study the economy of North America and compare it with a less developed Country. We emphasise on the issues of conservation and learn to appreciate our responsibilities as caretakers of the Earth. We study the structure and the economy of our local area, learning about urbanisation and the governance of our society.

    We consider our work in Humanities to be fundamental to developing British values of tolerance, integrity and acceptance. We believe that to live in harmony with our fellow planet inhabitants we must understand their heritage, their environment and their culture. We believe that the future of our world is also dependent upon the understanding the inter-relationship of the flora, fauna and physical world.

  • PE
    2 Hours Per Week

    Conscious that Wemms does not boast of a large outdoor space in which to roam; we are keen to ensure the students take part in regular exercise. We actively take the KS2 children to a local park for some of the break and lunch periods and provide interactive wobble boards, space hoppers and soft footballs for them to use on site. Each week, we take all KS2 students for swimming lessons with a fully qualified instructor. These take place in a closed, private lane of the Rainbow Centre Swimming Pool.

  • Art
    2 Hours Per Week

    The KS2 Art curriculum embraces three dimensional work as well as drawing and painting. Students cover units on cityscapes, containers, illusions, Monet, people in action, space, textiles and claywork. They study a number of Artists and have an understanding of the history of Art. They also gain experience of Art from past and present world cultures. During the course of KS2, students will have the opportunity to visit Art Galleries and take part in extended craft projects. Art is embedded within other subjects and in particular within Topic and History.

  • Food Tech and Design
    2 Hours Per Week

    All KS2 students enjoy lessons in food tech, learning to balance a diet and respect food hygiene laws. They prepare simple meals and learn the importance of clearing up as they go! They also undertake design projects that involve hammers, nails, glue, paint and other good things!

  • Modern Foreign Languages
    1 Hour Per Week

    All Key Stage 2 students are offered a carousel of lessons in French and Spanish. They enjoy interactive lessons that focus on the development of the spoken language whilst developing a strong mastery of grammar and vocabulary. Topics studied include greeting people and introducing oneself, describing oneself, celebrating achievement, parts of the body, colours, numbers, descriptions, songs, games and poems.

  • ICT
    1 Hour Per Week

    KS2 Students will actively harness the power of the computer, the Internet and modern media throughout the curriculum. In addition they will receive a dedicated weekly session teaching them to use spreadsheets, CAD, word processors, publishing and editing software, simple programming and surfing the Internet safely.

  • PSHE
    1 Hour Per Week

    Complimenting our integration of British Values throughout our work, PSHE gives us a bespoke opportunity to ensure our students have an understanding of world religions, respect and understand law and order, value Freedom of Speech, equality and diversity. Mindful that many of this world’s conflicts have their roots firmly embedded in ignorance, we strive to open our students minds to empathise and respect other’s views. By respecting diversity, understanding ourselves and learning from the lessons of history, we encourage our young people to remain led by their own strong moral code and to make decisions which are fair, truthful and helpful to society as the whole. We encourage our students to care for the weak and vulnerable, protect their environment, treasure their own health and fitness, and to be prepared to take responsibility for their own moral behaviour. Our students develop strong work ethics and have every intention of being pro-active citizens of 21st Century Britain.

Read about what facilities and provisions are available to KS2 students outside of lesson time.

  • Breaktime Activities

    In lieu of a playground, we provide Lego, reading material and other activities for students during breaktime and lunchtime. Primary Students are not permitted to leave the building without a DBS checked Adult who is qualified in both Safeguarding Level 2 and First Aid.

  • Lunch

    KS2 students are required to bring a healthy packed lunch* and take all wrappings home with them each day.

    They’re encouraged to drink water or squash and are allowed, with parental permission, to drink tea, coffee or hot chocolate – all of which are available on site during breaktime and lunchtime.

    * As an important precaution, all foods containing either citrus or nut traces are banned from Wemms Education Centre, due to a staff member’s severe allergy to citrus, and others with less severe allergies to nuts.

  • Provisions

    Each student is provided with their own locker in which to keep their personal effects, valuables and mobile phone during lessons.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Wemms KS3 Secondary School Curriculum builds on KS2 achievements following The National Curriculum and the Common Entrance Syllabus, all the while fostering a love of learning and a hunger for discovery.

  • Maths
    4 Hours Per Week

    Maths, four lessons a week one of which is dedicated to number, the second to statistics, the third to geometry and the last to algebra. Throughout these lessons students also experience the integration of ICT in the form of modelling with spreadsheets, in autograph, geometers sketchpad, and programming in logo. There is also the opportunity to use internet based resources.

  • English
    4 Hours Per Week

    English, the four lessons are dedicated to SPAG, creative writing, literature and poetry. All lessons offer ample opportunity for drama, speaking and listening and the use of cross curricular ICT. In addition all students take part in a public speaking course.

  • Science
    4 Hours Per Week

    Science, all students study Chemistry, Physics, and Biology as separate sciences and have the opportunity to work in our well-equipped science lab. Once again the use of ICT is fully integrated into the work and students have the opportunity of using a rich variety of data logging equipment.

  • Humanities
    4 Hours Per Week

    Humanities, students experience both History and Geography and follow the common entrance syllabus in both.

  • PE
    2 Hours Per Week

    PE is provided in the form of a formal organised Swimming lesson in a secure and private lane of the local leisure centre pool. This is delivered by a dedicated Swim Instructor provided by the Leisure Centre. Students also attend Airhop on a weekly bases and take part in both trampolining and Dodge Ball.

  • Modern Foreign Languages
    2 Hours Per Week

    MFL, having experience French and Spanish in KS2, students decide which language they would like to continue in year 7 and 9. They have the opportunity to review this decision, either changing language or adding second, in year 9. Wemms is also able to offer instruction in Russian.

  • Art
    2 Hours Per Week

    Art is enjoyed twice a week. The first lesson focuses upon the skills of drawing and painting. The second lesson is dedicated to 3D work, model making, and clay, collage, and design projects.

  • Theme
    2 Hours Per Week

    Theme, two lessons a week encompass a cross curricular approach to wider curriculum issues. Past topic have included World War I, the Orchestra and Victorian life. All include relevant literature, internet research, project planning, art and crafts, drama, design and other good things.

  • PSHE
    2 Hours Per Week

    The regular timetable is completed by a lesson of PSHE and a lesson dedicated to celebrating achievement. In PSHE students develop an understanding of world cultures, world religions and learns to respect and embrace diversity. We discuss alternative life styles, and learn how to respect and nurture our bodies.

  • Extra-Curricular Activities

    Friday afternoon is flexible learning time, the content of which varies according to the season. In the first half of the Autumn term the focus is on attending Forest School, consolidating the student’s ability to read maps and undertake orienteering courses. Students also build 3D structures and simple tools, learn about wildlife and fauna and master survival skills. This course encourages students to think out of the box, strategically plan and use their initiative. The second half of the autumn term focuses upon developing the students’ knowledge and expertise in Music and offers the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. The remaining terms feature further opportunities to develop performing art, music, outdoor learning, sports, and community service.

    In addition to the academic timetable, students will attend a week’s residential course in September and will enjoy half termly trips to various education experiences. These trips will encompass such venues as theatres, (Kingston, Leatherhead, Epsom, Wimbledon, Woking and Central London) museums ( National and Local), art galleries, public buildings (Houses of Parliament, Places of Worship, Hampton Court, Kew Gardens, Polesden Lacey), and science/geography field trips as well as driving cars at Mercedes Benz World.

    The last week of June is the Wemms Activities Week which is an eagerly anticipated extravagance of history, citizenship, adrenaline sports, science, conservation and personal challenge.

Read about what facilities and provisions are available to KS3 students outside of lesson time.

  • Breaktime Activities

    As with students in years 3 to 6, year 7 students are not permitted to leave the building at breaktime or lunchtime without a Safeguarding Level 2 qualified, First Aid trained, DBS checked adult.

    They have access to a wide variety of activities appropriate to their age, including access to a secure laptop through which they can browse the internet safely.

  • Lunch

    Year 7 students are required to bring a healthy packed lunch* to school and take all wrappings home with them each day.

    Year 8 and 9 students may, as a group and with parental permission, walk around in the immediate vicinity of the School and purchase their lunch from one of the numerous eateries in Upper Ashtead. Students are not permitted to leave the building alone and must go with their peers or teachers.

    * As an important precaution, all foods containing either citrus or nut traces are banned from Wemms Education Centre, due to a staff member’s severe allergy to citrus, and others with less severe allergies to nuts.

  • Provisions

    Each student is provided with their own locker in which to keep their personal effects, valuables and mobile phone during lessons.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Wemms KS4 Secondary School Curriculum focuses on solidifying students' prior knowledge, preparing them for exams and looking onwards towards achieving even more in higher education.

  • English
    4 Hours Per Week

    English, the four lessons are dedicated to SPAG, creative writing, literature and poetry. All lessons offer ample opportunity for drama, speaking and listening and the use of cross curricular ICT. In addition all students take part in a public speaking course. The exam board is selected to support the individual student’s strengths. Some students follow the AQA English Language and English Literature Course, others take the Edexcel IGCSE course. It is anticipated all students will obtain two GCSEs from this curriculum discipline.

  • Science
    4 Hours Per Week

    Science, all students study Chemistry, Physics, and Biology as separate sciences in year 10 and then make a decision as to whether they continue to Edexcel IGCSE Combined Science (value of two GCSEs) or continue to take single sciences to the end of year 11 (Edexcel IGCSE). Most students opt to take all three single sciences but some select to study just one or two. All have the opportunity to work in our well-equipped science lab. The use of ICT is fully integrated in the work and students have the opportunity of using a rich variety of data logging equipment.

  • Maths
    3 Hours Per Week

    Maths, three lessons a week one of which is dedicated to number, the second to geometry and the last to algebra. Throughout these lessons students also experience the integration of ICT in the form of modelling with spreadsheets, in autograph, geometer's sketchpad, and programming in logo. There is also the opportunity to use internet based resources. Most students follow the standard Edexcel GCSE Higher syllabus. A small minority, who show dyscalculia tendencies, follow the Edexcel IGCSE course as this enables them to use calculators on both papers. The mathematically able are also able to take the AQA Further Maths level 2 course.

  • Statistics
    2 Hours Per Week

    Statistics both completes the Maths GCSE syllabus and offers the opportunity to achieve a standalone GCSE in Statistics. We follow the Edexcel syllabus.

  • PE
    2 Hours Per Week

    PE is provided in the form of a weekly trip to the local Leisure Centre where the students either swim or use the Gym.

  • Citizenship
    2 Hours Per Week

    Citizenship lessons lead to a short course qualification (1/2 GCSE) in AQA Citizenship.

  • PSHE
    1 Hour Per Week

    In PSHE students develop an understanding of world cultures, world religions and learns to respect and embrace diversity. We discuss alternative life styles, and learn how to respect and nurture our bodies. Sex education, Career’s advice and personal finance is embedded in this course.

  • Humanities
    Optional

    The norm is to take at least one humanity subject. Many take both Edexcel IGCE History and Geography but again our choice of syllabus is flexible, reflecting both the interests and academic needs of the students.

  • Modern Foreign Languages
    Optional

    Wemms is proud to offer French (AQA), Spanish (AQA) and Russian (Edexcel) to GCSE and will always encourage a student to take a qualification in their own Mother tongue.

  • Extra-Curricular Activities

    In addition to the academic timetable, students will attend a week’s residential course in September and will enjoy half termly trips to various education experiences. These trips will encompass such venues as theatres, (Kingston, Leatherhead, Epsom, Wimbledon, Woking and Central London) museums ( National and Local), art galleries, public buildings (Houses of Parliament, Places of Worship, Hampton Court, Kew Gardens, Polesden Lacey), and science/geography field trips as well as driving cars at Mercedes Benz World.

    The last week of June is the Wemms Activities Week which is an eagerly anticipated extravagance of history, citizenship, adrenaline sports, science, conservation and personal challenge.

Read about what facilities and provisions are available to KS4 students outside of lesson time.

  • Lunch

    Year 10 and 11 students may, as a group, walk around in the immediate vicinity of the School and purchase their lunch from one of the numerous eateries in Upper Ashtead. Students are not permitted to leave the building alone and must go with their peers or teachers.

    * As an important precaution, all foods containing either citrus or nut traces are banned from Wemms Education Centre, due to a staff member’s severe allergy to citrus, and others with less severe allergies to nuts.

  • Provisions

    Each student is provided with their own locker in which to keep their personal effects, valuables and mobile phone during lessons.