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A curriculum of choice

Head of King's Magna Middle School (KM), Mr Joseph Birchall, describes how his school operates on an educational philosophy centred on student experience and the principle of choices. At KM, we believe in offering a diverse and enriching curriculum that shapes the student experience for the better and fosters a love of learning through providing students with the opportunity to do more of what they enjoy earlier in their student journey.

At the core of our curriculum are the fundamental subjects of English, mathematics, and science, which students engage with almost daily. However, we also recognise the importance of providing students with a broader and more varied education, which is why, starting from Year 6, we empower our students to choose two optional subjects they want to study. The flexibility to choose additional subjects across a wide range of options including academic, creative, performing, and sporting subjects, ensures our students can engage with topics they are genuinely interested in or passionate about.

KM is all about experimenting and learning through experiences, trying new things, and discovering what you enjoy and excel at. Students are encouraged to not only try different curriculum subjects but also extra-curricular activities which enrich their education. There are over 100 activities that our students can get involved in including Beginners Mandarin, Games Design, Practical Science, Home Economics, and Enterprise Club as well as more traditional options such as Art, Dance, Drama, Music and both competitive and recreational sports clubs. Students can compete in national competitions across a broad range of specialisms and can also join in whole collegiate projects such as the recording and release of the recent hit song, ‘Feels Like Home’.

The theme of choices permeates throughout our school community.

We encourage our students to be conscious of the choices they make in all aspects of their school life, emphasising values of respect, responsibility, and integrity. We offer a wide range of leadership roles throughout the school that allow our students to grow in confidence, developing core collaboration and leadership skills. This holistic approach to education helps us shape well-rounded individuals who not only excel academically but also contribute positively to society.

At KM, we are dedicated to providing our students with a comprehensive and empowering educational experience. Our commitment to offering choices in both the curriculum and in personal development ensures that every student has the opportunity to thrive and grow into a responsible and principled member of our community and beyond.

...every student has the opportunity to thrive and grow...

To learn more about King’s Magna, visit or book a place on one of our open mornings on 18th November or 27th January. Alternatively, email or tel. 01423 333333 to book a private tour.

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