Barbara Speake Stage School
2017/18 Scholarship Applications are now available1“Pupils’ achievement in the performing arts is outstanding due to consistently good and outstanding teaching” (Ofsted).2“Pupils’ behaviour and personal development are exemplary” (Ofsted).3

Academic Curriculum

The Barbara Speake Stage School is a co-educational, non-denominational school, providing a learning environment where the individual is catered for in small class groups (average 16 pupils, maximum 20), where self-reliance, confidence and self-esteem can be developed. The aim of the school is to provide a good range subjects to study in addition to the core subjects of English, Maths & Science.

Early Years & Reception

The only full time nursery stage school in the UK. Pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, and are assessed at the end of this stage when aged 5. Pupils are assessed on communication & Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of The World, Personal Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development, Expressive Arts & Design.

Junior School

Key Stage One & Two: Years 1– 6 (Age 5 - 11)

The National Curriculum is taught with concentration on Literacy, Numeracy, Reading & SPAG, other subjects include History, Geography, Science, PSHE, Citizenship, Art, I.T. & French from year 4. SATS tests are taken in English, Maths & Science at age 11, in Year 6.

Senior School

The Senior school week is divided into two parts, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday are dedicated to the Academic Curriculum. Thursday and Friday are allocated for the Artistic Curriculum

Key Stage 3: Years 7 - 9 (Age 11-14)

The National Curriculum is taught in nine subjects: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science, Geography, History, French & Art. PSHE and Citizenship are taught cross curricular in the above subjects. SATS tests in English and Maths are taken in Year 9.

Key Stage 4:Years 10 & 11 (Age 14-16)

In Year 10 GCSE’s are taken in Expressive Arts and Dance. In Year 11 GCSE’s are taken in: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, Fine Art & Design and Drama. Citizenship and PSHE are also studied cross curricular. Music GCSE can also be sat at the schools centre.


The Principal reserves the right to change both the Academic and or Artistic Curriculum if deemed to be beneficial to the students without prior notice.

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