Curriculum AimsThrough a broad and balanced curriculum, to create:
- Students who are successful and have a love for learning; make outstanding progress and achieve excellence;
- Equip our students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become confident and proficient life-long learners;
- Confident young people who have the skills to be able to contribute positively to society and are able to make positive choices so that they live healthy, safe enjoyable lives.
To develop a curriculum which:
- Creates an environment that has high aspirations and a culture where everyone can achieve
- Ensures that the needs of all students are taken into account
- Gives the opportunities and ultimately ensures that everyone experiences success
- Raises standards of attainment across the school
- Ensure equal opportunities are given to all groups of students and that they all make comparable progress
- Provides qualifications that are valuable future currencies for the world of work
- Clear progress from Reception to year 11, ensuring accelerated student progress.
- Developing students deeper understanding (depth before breadth) and capitalising on learning time
- English and Maths are given more curriculum time to ensure that students have the vital skills required to access the curriculum and their life beyond school.
- Identify and narrow any performance gaps, ensuring that appropriate targeted intervention supports the learning so that rapid progress can be made
- Ensure that there is appropriate challenge for all students and that they make progress that is significantly above national rates of progress.
- A strong programme of SMSC to ensure students have the skillset to achieve in modern Britain and that they have high aspirations for their life beyond school
- To support induction into primary and secondary school and for any mid-phase admissions
- Extra-curricular opportunities offered for sports, arts, science, catch-up and master classes throughout the academic year.
- Working with the local community to ensure that the students are aware of their role within society, including working with other local and national organisations
- To link curriculum learning with careers, so that students can make informed decisions whenever choices are open to them.
The Curriculum - Year 7-9
We have a broad and balanced KS3 Curriculum covering the full spectrum of national curriculum requirements. This is taught over 50 hours of contact time per fortnight and is below:
- English Language & Literature
- Science – Biology, Chemistry & Physics
- Two Modern Foreign Languages (MFL),
- Humanities – History, Geography and Ethics
- Performing Arts – Drama and Music
- Creative Arts – Art, Design & Technology
- Physical Education (two hours per week)
- Nurture groups – for students with very low literacy & numeracy
- PSHE/SMSC – via Ethics lessons & Form time
Other Curriculum Offers
Students in KS3 who are behind in their chronological reading age receive additional support through Accelerated Reader & Bedrock Learning, enabling them to catch up rapidly.
- Nurture groups support students with their learning in a suite of subjects, but with literacy and numeracy as the focus
- Growth Mindset & Deep Learning Days take place for specific year groups across the academic year. These days allow students to learn about themselves and their learning capability
- An additional after-school programme includes a range of sporting activities, debating club, music, drama, chess, maths, science, English, library, computing, homework club
The Curriculum - Year 10-11
In Year 9, students begin to prepare for GCSE courses and are provided with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subjects they may potentially choose to study to GCSE level. All students have the opportunity to study the following at KS4 (bold = Compulsory):
- English – Literature and Language
- Triple Science (Purple Pathway)
- Double Science
- Modern Foreign Language (Purple & Green Pathway)
- History or Geography (Purple & Green Pathway)
- Computer Science
- Physical Education (GCSE)
- Physical Education (non GCSE)
- Art, Design & Technology (Art, Photography, Textiles, 3D Design)
- Business Studies
- BTEC DIT
Pathways at KS4
Students are put into four pathways that are appropriate for their needs (purple, green & yellow) but each pathway enables them all to be highly employable:
- Purple Pathway – Must take triple science and EBacc suite of subjects, plus foundation subjects
- Green Pathway – Must take double science and EBacc suite of subjects, plus foundation subjects
- Yellow Pathway – Must take double science and some EBacc subjects plus foundation subjects
- Hub Pathway – Hub students take courses appropriate to their needs – ASDAN, Entry level maths and English
N.B. It is worth noting that the first three pathways enable students to achieve the Ebacc, as the yellow pathway has the option to opt for the other Ebacc components: hence in 2018, 28% achieved Ebacc success, passing all the Ebacc subjects with at least a Grade 5 or above (National Average: 22%). It is also worth noting, that in 2018, 85% of year 11 students followed the EBacc, which is significantly above the national average and government target set for 2022.
Additional GCSEs or Equivalents
Outside regular curriculum time, students have opportunities to obtain accreditation in subjects such as Music, PE & Drama.
Additional after school enrichment opportunities include a range of sporting activities, debating, music, drama, homework club and interventions (especially for Year 10 and Year 11). Targeted higher ability students also attend a tailored fortnightly programme to raise aspirations with the Trust University Access Team.