Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL


Stanwell School provides a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which contributes to pupils’ moral and spiritual development. The curriculum is designed as a preparation for adult society and the world of work.


The Key Stage 3 curriculum fulfils the legal requirements of the National Curriculum. Additional subjects that enhance the curriculum include Drama, a second Modern Foreign Language, Learning Support and Learning to Learn.

In Key Stage 4 most subjects are taught to GCSE (Level 2). The curriculum consists of compulsory subjects and option subjects, for which pupils have a free choice. GCSE Specification Changes Summary 2020-21

At Post 16 pupils have a free choice of up to five AS subjects as well as the compulsory study of The Welsh Baccalaureate in Year 12.

In Year 13 pupils are offered to continue their option subjects to A2 Level, and complete their Welsh Baccalaureate qualification. GCSE courses in Mathematics and English Language are also offered.

Key Skills are delivered across the curriculum in all Key Stages.

A holistic approach for Work Related Education operates within the curriculum of all Key Stages.

Religious Education is taught in line with the guidelines of the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

Sex Education is included within the PSE programme, and in some curriculum areas, where questions are answered within the wider context of the moral and legal implications.

A programme of individual counselling, meetings with parents, personal and social education, careers education and work experience is used to meet the individual needs of pupils.

Key Stage 3

Pupils are taught the following subjects:

Art Design & Technology Drama
French Geography History
Mathematics Music Physical Education
P.S.E. Literacy English
Religious Education Science Welsh

In addition, pupils study either German, or Extra Welsh or for pupils with special educational needs Learning Support is provided.

Key Stage 4

Pupils are taught the following subjects in the core curriculum:

Subject Award Subject Award
English Language GCSE English Literature GCSE
Mathematics GCSE Science GCSE x 2
Welsh GCSE Information Technology GCSE
Physical Education GCSE (short) Religious Education GCSE (short)

In addition to the core subjects, pupils have a free choice of 4 optional subjects from the following:

Subject Award Subject Award
Art GCSE Biology GCSE
Business Studies GCSE (double) Chemistry GCSE
DT – Child Development GCSE DT – Food GCSE
DT – Graphics GCSE DT – Resistant Materials GCSE
Drama GCSE Economics GCSE
French GCSE Geography GCSE
German GCSE History GCSE
Information Technology GCSE (double) Media Studies GCSE
Music GCSE Physical Education GCSE
Physics GCSE Religious Education GCSE
Study Skills Travel and Tourism BTEC
Work Skills BTEC

In addition, pupils may opt to study one of the following at the local College of Further Education:

Subject Award
Hair and Beauty BTEC
Construction BTEC
General Engineering NVQ Performing Engineering Operations
Motor Vehicle Award in Vehicle Maintenance IMIAL

Or, attend The Military Preparation College.

Post 16

Examination courses are offered in a wide variety of Advanced Certificate of Education and Advanced Supplementary Certificate of Education. The courses that are currently offered are:

Art and Design Biology Business Studies
Chemistry Computing Drama
Economics English Language & Literature English Literature
Film Studies French Further Mathematics
Geography German History
Human Biology Information Technology (double & single) Mathematics
Media Studies Music Physics
Politics & Government Product Design Religious Education
Sociology Travel and Tourism Welsh

All students in the sixth form follow The Welsh Baccalaureate and GCSE resit classes in Mathematics and English Language are provided.

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