• Welcome to Chaucer School
    Welcome to Chaucer School
  • Learning Together
    Learning Together
  • Achieving Together
    Achieving Together


Years 7 and 8
During Y7 and Y8 Chaucer students follow a broad and balanced curriculum covering all aspects of the National Curriculum.  In addition students study Drama and Life.  Our Life curriculum encompasses a full range of personal development themes. We place a strong emphasis on learning to learn, self-management and enterprise skills.

Year 9
In Y9 students predominantly follow the National Curriculum with some exceptions.  Most students will begin a three year IT course leading to a level 2 qualification.  English Maths and Science GCSE course also start during Y9 with core Science examined at the end of Y10.  Through the Life curriculum students explore the world of work and the skills needed to be successful in adult life.

Years 10 & 11
In KS4 students are allocated a learning pathway which enables them to select a personal curriculum ideally suited to their aspirations and abilities. All students undertake GCSE's in English, Maths and ICT. All students study at least two science qualifications usually Core Science and Additional science with some studying Additional Applied Science. Some students study a third science GCSE.
In addition, students select other GCSE or equivalent qualifications from a wide range of choices available to each learning pathway. A significant number of our students study a modern foreign language.

Post 16

The school takes pride in the success of students as they move into the next stage of learning at college, in sixth forms and through apprenticeships. In 2013, over 92% of Year 11 students successfully moved into courses at college and sixth forms and apprenticeships and work based learning programmes. An independent qualified careers adviser provides professional careers guidance to all students in their final year, and students benefit from a range of citywide initiatives to introduce them to the labour market and improve their job search prospects.


Enterprise learning is a fundamental feature of provision at Chaucer. We strive to maximise the opportunities for entrepreneurial opportunities, the development of enterprising behaviours and vocational learning. We believe these are catalysts that fuel ambition support educational achievement and prepare students for lifelong self-sufficiency.

Enterprise learning is an entitlement for all students. We use a blended approach made up of dedicated days, small business opportunities, involvement with local and national initiatives and opportunities to work with a range of entrepreneurs and university student mentors on specific projects.

Taught aspects include basic business knowledge such as customer service, marketing and finance (including personal finance). During KS4 most students take a vocational course from a wide range available in school.

Students are encouraged to think of themselves as potential entrepreneurs. By taking part in enterprise initiatives such as The Big Challenge and others locally and nationally they all have opportunities to start a small business, receiving support from school staff and local entrepreneurs. Further information on these activities is available on this website.