Aim of the Curriculum
The curriculum is designed to be balanced and broadly based and to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our students and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
In Year 7, the year will be split into two equal ability populations and setting will occur. The whole year group will study mathematics at the same time and will initially be taught in mixed ability groups with appropriate interventions to support the most able and those with additional learning needs. The school reserve the right to review this approach throughout the academic year. Equal ability populations are created for the rest of the curriculum and subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.
From Year 8, ability setting by subject will continue throughout the school in English, Mathematics and Science. Setting in each subject is independent of that in the other subject. These sets are constantly reviewed and changes made whenever necessary.
Subjects for Year 7, 8 and 9
All students are taught core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and PSHCE.
In addition, they will also be taught the following:
- Humanities subjects: History, Geography and Religious Education;
- Modern Foreign Language: French;
- Performing Arts: Drama and Music;
- Creative Arts: Design Technology and Art.
Subjects for Year 10 and 11
All students study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and PSHCE. Students select a further four option subjects. These options include:
- Modern Foreign Languages: French;
- Humanities: Geography, History, Philosophy and Ethics;
- Performing Arts: Music and Drama;
- ICT – Computer Science and ICT;
- Creative Arts: Design Technology; Product Design, Textiles, Food and Art;
- GCSE PE.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is taught to all year groups at the same period each week. During the final half term vertical tutor groups are created to foster co-operation and understanding between different age groups.
We believe that homework makes an invaluable contribution to students’ progress, and so we support them to find good independent learning habits either at home, or in the school’s Learning Resource Centre with its extensive IT facilities.
Students have told us that they prefer variety in the tasks set and to have choice. Therefore tasks and projects range from interviews, experiments, research and essay writing. Every student has a personal homework planner and guidelines on the length of appropriate study. We ask parents to check and sign these planners on a weekly basis. Homework ‘commitments’ are published on the website with links to helpful sites.
Our Courses and Qualifications
Please click here to see the courses and qualifications available to pupils in Key Stage 4.
If you have further queries regarding any aspects of the Curriculum, please contact Mrs Fiddian, Deputy Headteacher.
Please also click on the links below for more information regarding KS4 course specifications: