As a free school, we have a lot of flexibility with our curriculum – the subjects, learning methods, levels of study and qualifications that students pursue.

We have a broadly academic curriculum, emphasising the importance of intellectual study and focusing on traditional learning. We believe that this is the best way to equip our pupils for university, the professions and success in whatever career they eventually choose. We are determined that our boys will compete on equal terms with boys coming from the most privileged backgrounds, so we provide an academic, but rounded, education that gives them the best possible chance to succeed.

There are three main elements to the curriculum to address pupils’ academic, personal, and social development.

In line with the Star Quality Standards, the curriculum actively promotes equality for all through both its content and delivery. Full details are contained in the Annual Equalities Statement.

We aim to ensure that all pupils have access to the curriculum and are not disadvantaged by any disabilities or special educational needs. Full details are contained in the SEND Information Report, Policy and Guidance.

Educational Excellence

Academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate are at the core of the curriculum. Subjects include English, Mathematics, Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Arts and Technology. The content is driven by the syllabuses and specifications of national examinations.

There is a vocational curriculum for pupils for whom GCSEs are not appropriate, but all pupils are expected to pursue a curriculum with a strong academic core.

We believe that educational excellence can only be guaranteed when what is studied is tailored to each individual student. We will spread the burden of studying for GCSEs over three years at KS4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) so that Year 11 does not become too pressured. This allows us to plan effectively for every student in Year 11 and timetable a programme of study that maximises their potential.

All students can study towards the English Baccalaureate. This is made up of English, Mathematics, History or Geography, the Sciences, and a Modern Foreign Language. It is a measure that shows where pupils have secured a grade 5 or above across the core of academic subjects at key stage 4. It is designed to enable parents and pupils to see how their school is performing.

Key Stage 3

All students will follow a traditional model of study, which involves core and foundation subjects following the national curriculum. Students are offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary.

Subjects Available at Key Stage 3

English Maths Science PE
Geography History RS Citizenship
Arabic French Urdu Art
Computer Science Design Technology

Key Stage 4

Most students will follow a combination of subjects which will enable them to achieve the English Baccalaureate, where they are also offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary. The primary focus is to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to make above expected progress in English and Mathematics.

Courses Available at Key Stage 4

Subject Level Exam Board
English Language GCSE AQA
English Literature GCSE AQA
Mathematics GCSE Edexcel
Combined Science – Triology GCSE AQA
Biology GCSE AQA
Chemistry GCSE AQA
Entry Level Science Entry Level 1/2 AQA
Physics GCSE AQA
History GCSE AQA
Geography GCSE AQA
Religious Studies GCSE AQA
Citizenship GCSE AQA
Arabic GCSE Edexcel
Computer Science GCSE AQA
Creative iMedia Cambridge National Level 1/2 OCR
Business Studies GCSE Edexcel
Design & Technology GCSE AQA
Sport Studies Cambridge National Level 1/2 OCR

During Year 10, some students are able to complete up to three GCSEs: Citizenship, Computer Science or Creative iMedia Level 1/2, and Religious Studies.
Students also have the opportunity to undertake projects relating to community service and charity.

For an overview of the topics taught in each subject in each year group, please click here (Please note this is currently under review).

To view our exam timetable for year 10 click here
To view our exam timetable for year 11 click here

Character Development

Alongside the core academic curriculum, all pupils take part in a character development programme which includes sport, cultural, creative, and other activities. This helps them develop key personal skills and aptitudes such as communications, leadership, teamwork and problem-solving that are so sought after by today’s top Universities and employers.


Service to Communities

If our students are to fulfil their potential as members of British and global society, it is essential that their time with us makes them determined to contribute to the greater good – locally, nationally, and globally. A commitment to community service and civic responsibility runs through every area of the curriculum.

It is brought into particular focus in the “community” curriculum. This is designed to help pupils develop a sense of civic responsibility, an understanding of the potential of voluntary activity and an appreciation of how they can use their individual skills and talents to benefit the world around them. The “community” curriculum is fundamental to the school’s mission.


Our aim at Eden Boys’ School, Bolton is simple – we want to provide the best possible education for our students in the most secure environment. We will help every individual to achieve his goals, dreams, and ambitions. The delivery of the entire range of subject areas and student support is the responsibility of one of six faculties, with each faculty taking responsibility for its subject provision.

Our faculties are:

  • Communications Faculty (English, Modern Foreign Languages and Physical Education)
  • Maths Faculty
  • Science Faculty
  • Computing and Creative Technologies Faculty
  • Humanities Faculty
  • Access and Inclusion Faculty

Eden Boys’ School can be contacted with regards to any further curriculum enquires by clicking here

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