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, Art and Skills For Life.
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, Skills For Life, 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 and/or language and another GCSE or equivalent of their choice. All students continue to study Skills For Life and Physical Education. In addition, students select an option from a broad range of subjects to be examined in Year 10. 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 continue 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.
Following the recent curriculum changes and introduction of the newly reformed GCSEs, we are offering some new qualifications to ensure we have a broad offer for the varying needs of students.
Some of the courses available to students are:
- Science: Double Science for all Year 10 students and Triple Science if applicable.
- Design: Art and Design GCSE, Photography GCSE, Food GCSE, ICT iMedia, Computer Science GCSE.
- Social Sciences: Spanish GCSE, Geography GCSE, History GCSE, RE GCSE, Sociology GCSE, Child Development National.
- Performance: Drama and Dance RSL, Film Studies GCSE, Music Technology VCERT, Music RSL and PE GCSE.
- Inclusion: Functional Skills English, Maths & ICT, GCSE English, GCSE Art, Horticulture and Motor Vehicle Maintenance.
Students also access learning in PE, PSHE and Citizenship which includes elements of RE through Skills For Life. These are not accredited courses.
The Inclusion Faculty runs a number of provisions. These include the Transition Learning Centre (TLC) for students in Year 7-8 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.