Maritime Futures

During key stage 3, we embrace our rich local heritage and place demanding academic concepts and techniques into ‘real life’ settings using our close ties with the maritime industry.

Pupils develop interconnected, rigorous knowledge across a range of subject areas and have the opportunity to, for instance, see the coastal features in real life through maritime field trips in geography, work on their sailing dinghy prototypes in design technology and visit the Mary Rose in history.

The theme of maritime and marine is not a discrete subject, but is woven through various subject areas as part of the broader curriculum. Up to 10% of lessons in years 7, 8 and 9 are currently linked to this theme.

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KS3 Curriculum


Award-Winning Curriculum

Cowes Enterprise College was awarded the prestigious Maritime UK Award for Future Skills. This is in recognition of the academy’s work embedding maritime learning into the curriculum.


We are delighted to have been invited to share our Maritime Futures work more widely by the Careers and Enterprise Company. We have contributed to their national resource bank in the form of a case study demonstrating the positive impact our curriculum has already had with our students. This sits alongside a ‘how to’ guide to support other schools looking to develop their own careers driven curriculum.

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Maritime Futures Case Study
How to Guide
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