School Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

At Milford Haven School we aim to develop the four purposes of the curriculum which underpin all learning experiences, creating:

  • ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives;
  • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work;
  • ethical, informed citizens, ready to be citizens of Wales and the world;
  • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

Through this we aim to enhance learners’ cross-curricular skills, including literacy, numeracy and digital competence through a learning continuum across the 6 areas of learning and experience.  This will help to develop independent, resilient learners, with high aspirations and who are equipped with a wide range of cross-curricular skills. By doing this it is our pledge to provide equal opportunities for all pupils to learn in order to reach their full potential.

From September 2019 we will be operating a two-year Key Stage 3 and a three-year Key Stage 4, with GCSEs (or equivalent examination courses) starting in Year 9 and with most examinations being completed at the end of Year 11.  This is designed to:

  • widen subject choice at Key Stages 4 and 5
  • further personalise the curriculum so that students can learn at the pace which is most appropriate to their individual needs
  • increase the challenge and motivation for students

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 and 8 students are set by ability for Mathematics (Year 7, 8 & 9) and English (Year 8 & 9 only), with Design Technology and Games being taught in half year groups on a rotational basis.  Students are taught in their respective mixed groups for all other subjects.The school aims for a maximum class size of 33 in Key Stage 3 and this year reports an average of 27.4.

All students in Key Stage 3 follow a Personal and Social Education Programme delivered by tutors through daily tutor time and a dedicated fortnightly PSE session.  Outside agencies visit the school to enhance the programme and discrete workshops are used to deliver more sensitive issues. The programme incorporates the curriculum areas such as religion, careers, health, personal and social education and is centred on our “ASPIRE” ethos.

Key Stage 4

In Year 9, 10 and 11 students study their GCSE or equivalent examination courses. Our three-year Key Stage 4 allows students more time to study their chosen subjects as well as providing them with the best opportunity to achieve their full potential in the core curriculum areas.

All of our students follow GCSE courses in English Language, Mathematics, Numeracy, Science (double GCSE), Religious Education, Welsh and Welsh Baccalaureate. More able scientists follow the Triple Science pathway, leading to three GCSEs; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All participate in Games sessions, which is also extended into the Optional Curriculum for those wishing to obtain a GCSE in Physical Education, BTEC Leadership through Sport and/or BTEC Teamwork qualifications. In addition to the Core GCSEs, students select four courses from the Optional Curriculum. These include GCSE and BTEC Level 2 courses.

English, Mathematics and Science GCSE groups are set by ability. All other subjects, including optional courses, are mixed ability. The school aims for a maximum class size of 33 in Key Stage 4 and this year reports an average of 26.5.

As in Key Stage 3, all students in Key Stage 4 follow a Personal and Social Education Programme delivered by tutors through a daily enrichment session.

Key Stage 5

Our Sixth Form is made up of 47 students following a variety of AS and A2 courses, with average class sizes of 10.5.  We have extended the range of choice further by offering our students the opportunity to study courses at Haverfordwest High School and Pembrokeshire College.  The school offers the Advanced Level Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification to all students who follow Advanced Level courses.

Please note that courses only run if class sizes are viable.

Lesson Structure

Here at Milford Haven School we operate a 2 week timetable of 50 lessons.  The number of lessons dedicated each fortnight to each subject in Key Stage 3 and 4 are shown in the table below.  In Key Stage 5 the majority of course are allocated eight lessons each fortnight.



Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English 7 7 7 7 7
Maths 7 7 7 7 7
Science 5 5 6 6 9
Art 2 2
Design Technology 4 4    
Drama 1 1    
French 4 4
Games 3 3 2 2 2
Geography 3
History 3
Humanities 8
ICT 3 3
Music 2 2
RE/Ethics 2 3 2 2
Welsh 4 4 4 4  
Welsh Baccalaureate 4 4 4
Optional Subjects 4 4 5


The School Day

Monday – Thursday


Start End Length (minutes)
Registration 8:40 8:45 5
Health & Wellbeing 8:45 9:10 25
Lesson 1 9:10 10:10 60
Lesson 2 10:10 11:10 60
Break 1 11:10 11:40 30
Lesson 3 11:40 12:40 60
Lesson 4 12:40 13:40 60
Break 2 13:40 14:10 30
Lesson 5 14:10 15:10 60




Start End Length (minutes)
Registration 8:40 8:45 5
Lesson 1 8:45 9:45 60
Lesson 2 9:45 10:45 60
Break 1 10:45 11:15 30
Lesson 3 11:15 12:15 60
Lesson 4 12:15 13:15 60
Break 2 13:15 13:35 20