Our Curriculum 2019 onwards
We place emphasis on good teaching in a broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by an effective approach to the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of children and young people, to help to prepare them for life in modern Britain. The Curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 has been fully re-designed to allow students to experience a range of subjects and to prepare for their GCSEs as well as develop key learning skills, experience a full range of subjects and extra-curricular opportunities to develop character. As GCSE subjects have become more challenging for students, Year 9 has been developed into a “transitional year”, meaning students continue to develop their key learning skills through topic based learning but also start their GCSE subjects. We have developed a “Deepening Learning” slot after the school day which will allow for a range of additional extra-curricular activities and for additional work/revision, after the end of the traditional school day.
Teaching is organised around half year groups, most subjects are taught in mixed ability groups in Years 7 and 8; in Maths and English there is setting from Year 7, PE and DT operate a broad banding arrangement.
In Years 9, 10 and 11 there is a wide variety of GCSE subjects available.
Over the last three years the school has encouraged the majority of students to follow an EBacc curriculum route. Year 8 students who are achieving well in Modern Foreign Languages are expected to continue with a language at GSCE. We offer French, German and Spanish at GCSE. All students are expected to choose either History or Geography and one further choice from a wide variety of practical, technical and ‘new start’ subjects. There are three vocational options in Design and Technology - Hospitality & Catering, Health and Social Care and Materials Technology as part of our wider curricular offer.
For a very small number of students there is bespoke off-site alternative provision. All students follow a PSHE programme that focuses on personal, social and emotional education, religious education and preparation for life beyond school.
The curriculum is designed to build character through a range of extracurricular activities, including inter-house competition, across all areas of the school, including sports, the expressive arts, design technology, science and modern foreign languages. Activities take place at lunchtime and are open to all students and provide a wide range of experiences that many students get involved in.
In Years 12 and 13, we offer a very wide range of A Level subjects, Maths and English resit clinics and a variety of curriculum enrichment activities such as Community Sports Leadership Award, Higher Sports Leadership Award and the Finance Certificate qualifications. There are also a huge number of additional enrichment activities extra to the curriculum such as buddy reading, in lesson support, work experience and mentoring opportunities that sixth form students can become involved in.
There is ongoing evaluation of curriculum structures by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors. The Governors' Students and Standards Committee works closely with the Leadership Team to monitor, review and evaluate the curriculum offer on a yearly basis.