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Hilbre High School

Hilbre High School


Our academic curriculum occupies 25 hours of the school week; we have adopted and endorse the Wirral Education Committee curriculum policy and we exercise an equal opportunity and multicultural access to all areas of the school.

For three years, all students follow a common curriculum consisting of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, French or Spanish, Design and Technology, Information Technology, Art, Dance, Drama, Physical Education, Music and Personal and Social Education/Citizenship. For some students in Year 8 there is the opportunity to study a second foreign language.

Students with Special Educational Needs are supported by specialist staff, either as individuals within the normal curriculum or by individual or small group withdrawal.

In Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11, all students aim for GCSE Examinations or other GCSE equivalent qualifications such as BTECs. The curriculum offered at Key Stage 4 ensures that there are clear progression routes to prepare students for post 16 / higher education and / or the world of work.

The Year 10 and 11 curriculum currently consists of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Statutory Religious Education, Science and Physical Education. Further choices are also made from option 'blocks'.

Students select 4 option subjects to study towards GCSE or vocational qualifications. 

The following subjects are those taught at Key Stage 4:

English (Language, Literature), Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Trilogy), Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish), History, Geography, Art, Business Studies (Cambridge Nationals, GCSE), CiDA, Computer Science, Dance, GCSE Design and Technology, Drama, OCR Cambridge National in Engineering Design, Food Technology, Health & Social Care, Music, Resistant Materials, Textiles, PE Sports Studies, Religious Education.  

All students are entitled to examination entry in their chosen subjects, providing they have met the basic requirements of attendance and coursework or controlled assessment completion.

 For more specific curriculum information for each subject, please click on the appropriate subject link, below.

To view a full list of all the subjects taught at Key Stage 4 and the relevant qualification, please scroll down:


During Year 9 a Guidance Handbook is issued to parents, explaining the option procedures and possibilities. Whilst the initial choice must be a matter which is decided between parents and students, the school is obviously deeply involved in the whole procedure. Accordingly, the following programme has been drawn up, so we can give the maximum possible assistance in this matter. 

1.   Talks to Year 9 classes on the option possibilities.

2.   Option courses to be explained by Curriculum Area Leaders and Departments.

3.   Option Forms to parents, together with Options Handbook.

4.   Year 9 Options Guidance Evening held before the options deadline.

5.   Year 9 Parents' Evening - for discussion and questions.

6.   Option Forms returned to school, showing choices made.

7.   Final programme of study for each individual student prepared and necessary information given to parents.

8.   This programme of study is not unalterable and the opportunity for further discussion will be given to any parents who may so request.


Students at Hilbre are encouraged and helped to become aware of all the range of opportunities open to them at 16.

Sixth Form provision in school includes access to AS and A2 Levels, BTEC and GCSE courses.


If you wish to find out more about the curriculum our school is following, please contact our School Office with your enquiry or contact the relevant Head of Subject by email.

For information on Curriculum Entitlement and Disapplication of Subjects, please see the PDF document, below.


















Subjects offered at Key Stage 4 and the relevant qualification:

Year  Award Subject
11 GCSE Art
11 GCSE Biology
11 Btec Business Btec
11 GCSE Business Studies GCSE
11 GCSE Chemistry
11 GCSE Computer Science
11 GCSE Dance
11 GCSE Drama
11 GCSE DT Food
11 Btec Engineering Btec
11 GCSE English Language
11 GCSE English Literature
11 GCSE French
11 GCSE Geography
11 Btec Health & Social Care Btec
11 GCSE History
11 GCSE Mathematics
11 GCSE Music
11   PE Core
11 GCSE Resistant Materials
11 GCSE Science Triology
11 GCSE Spanish
11 GCSE Textiles
10 GCSE Art
10 GCSE Biology
10 Btec Business Btec
10 GCSE Business Studies GCSE
10 GCSE Chemistry
10 GCSE Computer Science
10 GCSE Dance
10 GCSE Drama
10 GCSE DT Food
10 Btec Engineering Btec
10 GCSE English Language
10 GCSE English Literature
10 GCSE French
10 GCSE Geography
10 GCSE History
10 GCSE Mathematics
10 GCSE Music
10   PE Core
10 OCR Cambridge National Sports Studies PE 
10 GCSE Physics
10   RE Core
10 GCSE Resistant Materials
10 GCSE Science Triology
10 GCSE Spanish
10 GCSE Textiles
9 GCSE Art
9 GCSE Biology
9 Btec Business Btec
9 GCSE Business Studies GCSE
9 GCSE Chemistry
9 GCSE Computer Science
9 GCSE Dance
9 GCSE Drama
9 GCSE DT Food
9 Btec Engineering Btec
9 GCSE English Language
9 GCSE English Literature
9 GCSE French
9 GCSE Geography
9 Btec Health & Social Care Btec
9 GCSE History
9 GCSE Mathematics
9 GCSE Music
9   PE Core
9 OCR Cambridge National Sports Studies PE 
9 GCSE Physics
9   RE Core
9 GCSE Resistant Materials
9 GCSE Science Triology
9 GCSE Spanish