Curriculum

All of our subjects are taught by specialists who are able to offer engaging and highly effective lessons.  Each year is an important stepping stone to the next, and our broad and balanced curriculum is carefully designed to provide clear, supported progression through each key stage, all the way through to our very successful sixth form.

Staff employ a range of strategies designed to make lessons enjoyable, yet appropriately challenging, making sure that every student is fully supported.

The curriculum is designed as follows:

 

Years 7 and 8

English

Maths

Science

Humanities (geography, history & religious studies)

Modern Foreign Languages (French, German, & Spanish)

Physical education

IT

Design Technology (food, textiles & design technology)

Expressive Arts (dance, drama, music, media & art)

 

Years 9, 10 and 11

English

Maths

Science

Religious studies

Physical education

IT

Plus 4 optional subjects (see website for details)

 

The school’s curriculum policy is in line with and builds upon the National Curriculum requirements.  All students from eleven to sixteen years of age experience a broad and balanced curriculum with a common core.

Increasingly, students will begin GCSE (or their equivalent) programmes in year 9: currently in English, IT, maths, RS and science, with all subjects doing so from September 2018.

Teaching group sizes vary according to the subject or the nature of the activity.  The structure of the teaching group will vary according to the same factors.  Setting/grouping on ability occurs throughout years 7 to 11 in various subjects (e.g. mathematics, science, IT and languages).

The two-week timetable consists of 25 lessons teaching time each week plus tutorial/assembly times.  All lessons are 65 minutes in length.

The normal timetable is suspended for enrichment days at appropriate points during the academic year.  This allows longer periods of time to be devoted to relevant learning programmes.

The school operates an Individual Needs Policy and provides support programmes for students who have special or individual needs (including the most able students and those who hold a statement).

All students from year 7 through to the sixth form experience aspects of learning which are designed to foster relevant skills and understanding in a variety of areas, which include information communication technology, careers education and guidance, thinking skills, citizenship and enterprise education.

Health education, including sex education, is primarily delivered through the RS and enrichment day programmes.  Aspects of sex education will also be delivered in other parts of the curriculum.  Individual and group counselling and advice opportunities are further strategies by which we can respond to the questions and concerns of young people in the school.