Curriculum

Curriculum


Overview

We believe our students will experience a curriculum that is relevant and rewarding, provides them with appropriate support and challenge and inspires them to achieve.  We are proud of our curriculum which incorporates the best of innovative curriculum design, but also retains the traditional aspects of learning which form an essential part of the ethos of the school.
Ofsted said that we offer “an exceptionally flexible, inclusive and engaging curriculum” and graded the extent to which the curriculum meets pupils’ needs as outstanding.
The Curriculum is timetabled in 50 one hour lessons over a two week period

Teaching Groups

The year groups are divided into 2 bands, known as Winston and Churchill, which are of equal size and represent the full ability range.  There are 6 academic groups in each band.
Year 7
Year 7 students are taught for nearly all subjects in broad academic groups, based on data received from the primary feeder schools.  Students are taught in smaller sub-groups for design and technology.
Our Foundation group consists of a small group of SEND students with specific learning needs who would benefit from being taught for the majority of lessons in one learning base, with one teacher delivering a number of subjects.
Years 8 & 9
In Years 8, the students are taught in groups based on their academic potential.   In Year 9, some students are also taught in some mixed-ability groups for subjects, which we hope will provide a variety of learning styles and raise the aspirations of some of the lower-ability students.   In all years, we provide opportunities for differentiation in each group and the scope for all students to achieve their potential.  The groups are reviewed by Subject Leaders towards the end of each term.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 to 9

On entry to the school all students study the core National Curriculum subjects of English, maths; science; history; geography; RE; drama; music; art; computing (ICT); Modern Foreign Languages; technology and Physical Education (PE).  All students study 2 modern foreign languages, French and German, apart from the SEND groups who study one and receive additional Learning Support.
Some students in Year 8 are given the opportunity to study Latin, which can be carried on as an extra-curricular club in Year 10.

Year 7 and Year 8 students receive 1 hour of PSHCE lessons per fortnight.

In the Spring term of Year 9 students make their Option choices for KS4 (Years 10 & 11) and commence these courses in the summer term.

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 & 11

In Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum, students will follow courses leading to GCSE or equivalent qualifications.  All students must study the statutory subjects: English, maths, science, computing, P.E and R.E.  In addition, we offer a broad range of subjects to compliment these core subjects.  We offer a personalised programme of learning, which allows students to vary the number and type of qualifications that they take. Some students will follow a traditional pathway leading to all GCSE qualifications, whilst others will be guided to opt for some vocational qualifications, such as the BTEC courses, alongside GCSEs.

The majority of students will study a Modern Foreign Language and a humanity subject to GCSE level, which allows many students to successfully complete the English Baccalaureate.

Teaching Groups
At KS4, the students are taught in groups based on their academic potential for the core subjects, humanities and languages.  The option groups comprise of mixed ability classes.