Curriculum

The curriculum fulfils the school’s mission statement of “Live to Learn (Enjoy and Achieve) and Learn to Live (Now and in the Future)” and helps to prepare students to be knowledgeable, successful and fulfilled global 21st century citizens. The curriculum covers the entirety of provision in taught time and extra-curricular opportunities.

High standards of achievement are available to all students through an appropriate and relevant curriculum that is flexible to meets the needs and aspirations of all learners. Developing a broad range of skills in literacy, numeracy, thinking, independent learning, employability and understanding examination techniques, will help prepare students to take responsibility for their own learning, now and in the future. The curriculum aims to provide a broad and balanced experience and a high quality education to enable all to have a deeper understanding of a range of subject areas, be successful and develop as individuals.

Years 7 & 8

It is important that students’ prior achievement and education at the point of transition is recognised and built upon in Year 7.

In most subject areas, students are organised into sets according to their attainment and, in each year, there is an Express Set for the most able students. Students’ progress is monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure that they are placed in the group that will best support their learning.

In the first two years all students follow a common curriculum including the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, and the Foundation subjects of Art, French, Geography, History, Computing, Music, Physical Education (PE), Product Design and Drama. Religious Education is delivered for one period per week for all students; this follows the locally agreed syllabus.

 

Year 7 Lessons per week
Maths 4
English 4
Science 3
Modern Foreign Languages 2
History, Geography, RE 3
ICT 2
Art, Drama, Music, PE 5
Product Design 2
Total 25
Year 8 Lessons per week
Maths 4
English 4
Science 3
Modern Foreign Languages 2
History, Geography, RE 3
ICT 2
Art, Drama, Music, PE 5
Product Design 2
Total 25

Years 9-11

In Years 9, 10 and 11, all students follow courses in English, Mathematics, Science, PE and RE.

Students also choose further optional courses to study to GCSE or equivalent level. The school is committed to offering a range of options to meet the needs of all learners. The options system is designed to be as open and flexible as possible to enable students to make choices that suit their aptitudes and interests and that provide a solid base for further study post-16.

Year 9 Lessons Per Week
Option A 3
Option B 2
Option C 2
Option D 3
Science 5
Maths 4
English 4
PE 1
Religious Education 1
Total 25
Year 10 Lessons Per Week
Option A 2
Option B 3
Option C 3
Option D 2
Science 5
Maths 4
English 4
PE 1
Religious Education 1
Total 25
Year 11 Lessons Per Week
Option A 2
Option B 2
Option C 2
Option D 2
Option E 2
Science 4
Maths 4
English 5
PE 1
Religious Education 1
Total 25

 

Sex and Relationships, PSHE and Citizenship is delivered on a rolling 1 hour period per week.

GCSE Options Available

GCSE Art or Award
GCSE Business Studies or Enterprise Award
GCSE Computer Science
GCSE Dance
GCSE Drama or Performing Arts Award
GCSE Food or Hospitality Award
GCSE French
GCSE Geography
GCSE History

GCSE Media Studies
GCSE Music
GCSE Physical Education or Sport Award
GCSE Product Design
GCSE Spanish

Computer Science
Further GCSE Science
Further Maths

Vocational

Health & Social Care/Child Care
Sport
Performing Arts
IT and Creative i-Media
Art & Design

 

A breakdown of subject content can be found in each of our subject pages, along with a further overview of the content covered in each year. Our Curriculum Policy is available here. If you require further information, please contact school on 01942 728221.