The Brier School

The Brier School

Preparing for life – Building on our strengths

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KS3 Gemstones Pod

We have four classes in our KS3 Gemstones Pod; Amber, Diamond, Emerald and Sapphire. This is where our children start their secondary education.


The majority of lessons are carried out as a class with the class teacher as lead or in small intervention groups. Pupils do, however, carry out some lessons with specialist teachers. We have extra support staff in each class who work individually with the children and with small groups to provide more focused work.


All four classes work on a three-year cycle where we cover the National Curriculum subjects in new and exciting ways. There is always a theme that runs through each of the subjects.

In addition to this, Year 9 pupils link into a carousel with Key Stage 4. They cover English, Maths, Food and ICT at a level relevant to them. This enables them to develop appropriate skills for accreditation in Key Stage 3 and 4.


Pupils will have regular literacy and numeracy lessons. We plan that your child will be based in their peer ability group for most lessons. In Key Stage 3, the curriculum continues to be personalised and adapted and resources used to meet the pupils’ needs providing a foundation for externally assessed and vocationally based courses in Key Stage 4.