Curriculum

Our curriculum offers a broad and balanced programme of study to all students, enabling them to achieve and access appropriate future pathways for life. Each student has a two week timetable of 25 one hour lessons per week.
Key Stage 3 - Year 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8 students study a wide range of subjects including: English, Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, Geography, History, RE & PSHE, Citizenship, Art, Design & Technology, Performing Arts, Music, Spanish and PE.

 

Our priorities are to ensure that students make good progress and that they develop the skills they need to be successful across a range of subjects.  Some students may be offered additional literacy or numeracy or an opportunity to develop their study skills through personalised intervention programmes run by our well qualified Raising Achievement team. Our nurture programme runs to support those students most in need.

 

When they are in Year 8, students are helped to select the ‘Option’ subjects they wish to study during Key Stage 4.  

 

Students are given careers advice as part of their Citizenship course and our Aspirations Month to make appropriate options choices for Key Stage 4.  Further information is given in a booklet of courses, a Year 8 Parents’ Information Evening and personalised guidance from our Careers Lead.  With the students’ ability, interests and aspirations in mind, we will ensure that they choose the qualifications which are best suited to them. Equipping our students to achieve GCSE and vocational qualifications at the highest grades possible is very important to us all.

 
Key Stage 4 - Year 9, 10 and 11
Our Key Stage 4 programme is delivered over three years, as we believe our students are ready for more focused work which will lead them to achieve outstanding success by attaining high grades in a range of GCSE/vocational qualifications. They will be supported and monitored closely throughout the duration of their course.

All students will study the ‘Core Subjects’ of English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science (Combined General Science or separate awards in Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Citizenship, Religious Studies and Physical Education.
During year 9, students start studying their GCSE options. In addition to the ‘Core Subjects’ of English (language & Literature), Mathematics, Science (most students will study Combined Science, which counts as 2 GCSEs. Triple Science is available as , select 4 subjects from across the curriculum. Students are asked to select at least one from the ‘EBacc’ range of subjects (Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography and Computer Science), however they may study more.

We are constantly reviewing our curriculum and GCSE options, to ensure students have the widest range of choice and courses most suitable for their individual needs and future pathways. We will be updating all members of our community shortly regarding the exciting developments we have in place for September 2020 and beyond.
Should you wish to find out more about our curriculum please contact the appropriate Head of Department.