KS3 Curriculum

Key Stage 3

We provide an exciting and relevant personalised curriculum with a strong emphasis on improving literacy and numeracy skills, as well as helping young people understand their emotions, build confidence, self-esteem and improve their behaviour.

There are four classes, each staffed with a teacher and a support member of staff.  Lessons are fifty minutes in duration and are taught by subject specialists in English, Maths and Science.  Enrichment activities are delivered on an afternoon with the focus on improving health, well-being and fitness.

The curriculum is split into three areas:

Developing skilled, reflective learners

  • English – including English mastery
  • Mathematics – including maths mastery
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Spanish
  • Additional support is provided to enable them to rapidly catch up for our young people who are behind in their chronological reading age 


Developing confident, resilient young people

  • Outdoor Education
  • Music / drumming
  • Creative Mindfulness 
  • ICT
  • Physical Education 


Developing, active responsible learners

  • PSHEE – Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education
  • Preparation for Adult Life
  • Enrichment opportunities, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, take place during the year.  These days allow our young people to learn in different ways such as off site, with external providers and a range of students.   These days cover subjects such as Staying Safe, British Values and Study Skills.



Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk