Curriculum

We have high expectations of students and try to involve them actively in their learning so that they are interested and motivated. This is further promoted by using a wide range of teaching methods. Formal class teaching is supported by coursework, practical work, individual projects, group work, discussions, visits and external speakers visiting to talk about their subject. Homework and research is a vital part of each student's course.

The curriculum consists of all those activities planned by the school to promote the intellectual, moral, social, spiritual and physical development of learners, within and beyond lessons, and to prepare them for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.

Our curriculum aims to enable young people to become successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve; confident individuals, who are able to lead safe and healthy lives; and responsible citizens, who make a positive contribution to society. 

Key Stage 3

Each learner is placed on entry in groups appropriate to their learning needs. We take into account:

Recommendations by primary school headteachers and staff

Key Stage 2 tests and teacher assessments

CATs (Cognitive Ability Tests) taken in year 7

Relevant information from parents/carers

All learners follow the National Curriculum unless specifically disapplied. Schemes of work reflect the differentiated needs of the learners within the group. The group structure allows for teaching to challenge and extend the learning of each individual. Learners with special needs receive carefully targeted support within their lessons and may be withdrawn for specific intensive programmes. We also offer one-to-one tuition for learners who need to catch up in mathematics and English.

Learners are set by ability in most subjects, though some subjects are taught in mixed ability groups. Close monitoring of every learner ensures that underachievement is quickly detected and allows those who need more challenge or support to be moved into the appropriate class.

In order to maximise outcomes for students and to ensure pace and challenge, National Curriculum foundation subjects are taught in Key Stage 3 for either two or three years before becoming part of a menu of guided choices for all learners.

Key Stage 4

All learners follow a core curriculum in line with national guidance: English, Mathematics, Science, Physical and Religious Education, Personal Social and Health Education and Citizenship. We offer learners individual advice and guidance in choosing which 14-19 pathways are most appropriate for their needs, taking into account prior attainment and future aspirations. Learners are offered a wide range of traditional and vocational courses (see table below) which they can study at Entry Level or at Levels 1 & 2 in GCSE, BTEC or Diploma.  Classes are organised in ability groupings wherever possible. From September 2012 courses in Key Stage 4 will be of varying breadth and duration and choices will be available for courses from Year 9 onwards. 

Courses Offered:

English

 

Literacy/Accelerated

Reading

Media Studies

 

Maths

 

Numeracy

 

Science

 

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

Geography

 

History

 

Philosophy,

Religion & Ethics

Psychology

 

Business Studies

 

Sociology

 

Music

 

Physical

Education/Sport

Drama

 

Art and Design

 

Performing Arts

(Music/Dance)

Textiles

 

Technology/

Product Design

Food/Catering

 

Engineering

 

I.C.T.

 

Computer Studies

 

French

 

Spanish

 

Italian

 

German

 

Construction

 

P.S.H.E./Citizenship

 

Land-based Studies

 

Children’s  Care

 

Health and Social Care

 

Society Health and

Development

Sixth Form Enrichment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Policy

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About us

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