The School Curriculum
Our aim is to ensure that our curriculum is broad and balanced and inspires pupils to learn. We offer a range of subjects and courses that are appropriate to the needs and aspirations of our students, and prepare them for life in Britain, through developing their employability and citizenship skills.
Year 7 Discovery Curriculum
Our Discovery Curriculum is a bespoke and exciting Key Stage 3 Skills Curriculum which links all curriculum areas through a Skills Framework. Our aims are to build and develop the necessary skills to ensure learners are Key Stage 4 ready whilst developing a common language around teaching and learning for all stakeholders including students, teachers and parents. The Discovery Curriculum incorporates key themes which link all subject areas through four elements;
All subjects in year 7 use the skills framework whilst following the National Curriculum for English, Maths, Science, ICT , Modern Foreign Languages, Geography , History, RE , PE, Drama, Music , Design and Art. Year 7 also have three lessons of Learn to Learn per week, which supports the thematic approach and focuses on the skills required to achieve success across all areas in key stage 3.
Further details of the Year 7 curriculum.
Year 8 Curriculum
In Year 8, students continue to study the National Curriculum subjects in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, Modern Foreign Languages, PSHE and Citizenship, Design, Performing Arts, ICT and Physical Education. During this year students are encouraged to embed and master skills across a broad and balanced curriculum in order to prepare them for their KS4 curriculum in Year 9.
Further details of the Year 8 Curriculum.
Year 9 Key Stage 4 Curriculum
In Year 9 students start their KS4 learning in English language and Literature, Maths, Double Science, a humanity (Geography or History), and another GCSE of their choice. All students continue to study Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education, RE and PSHE. In addition, students select three options to study from a range of subjects for two hours a week over a term. An options process takes place during the summer term of Year 8 to support students in making these choices.
Further details of the Year 9 Curriculum.
Year 10 and 11 Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Year 10 and 11 students follow GCSE courses in English Language and Literature, Maths and Science. Students also choose three option courses from a mixture of academic (GCSE) and vocational (BTEC/Vcert) courses. Guidance is provided to students on which subjects would be most suitable for them.
Students are placed on one of four Key Stage 4 Pathways which each have a different focus and combination of courses for students to choose from. The pathway is dependent on students’ achievement at Key Stage 2 and progress during Key Stage 3. Following the recent curriculum changes and introduction of the newly reformed GCSEs, we are offering some legacy qualifications and some new qualifications.
Some of the courses available to students are:
- Double Science for all Year 10 students and Triple Science if applicable.
- Design: Art and Design GCSE, Photography GCSE, Construction BTEC, Engineering GCSE, Food GCSE, Textiles GCSE.
- Enterprise: ICT National, Business Studies GCSE, Computer Science GCSE, Land Based Studies Level 1, Horticulture.
- Social Sciences: Spanish GCSE, Geography GCSE, History GCSE, Psychology GCSE, RE GCSE, Sociology GCSE, HSC GCSE and Child Development GCSE, Child Development National.
- Performance: Music GCSE, Drama GCSE, Film Studies GCSE, Music Technology VCERT, Music RSL, PE GCSE
- Inclusion: Asdan, Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT, ECDL, GCSE English, GCSE ART, Cambridge Nationals in Child Development.
Students also access learning in PE, PSHE and Citizenship which includes elements of RE. These are not accredited courses.
The Inclusion Faculty runs a number of provisions. These include the Transition Learning Centre (TLC) for students in Year 7-9 who have learning difficulties, The Link provision, which offers short term full time provision to students with behaviour needs, and the Year 9-11 Access Programme.
Further details of the Inclusion Curriculum.