Organisation, implementation and evaluation of the curriculum
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. As GCSE subjects have become more challenging for students, we now operate a 3 year Key Stage 4, meaning students will start their GCSE subjects in Year 9. Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) has been fully re-designed to allow students to experience a range of subjects and to prepare for their GCSEs. We are trialling a “Period 6” 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 form groups in Key Stage 3; in Maths and English there is setting from Year 7, PE and DT operate a broad banding arrangement.
At Key Stage 4 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 for students who may need additional curriculum support.
For a very small number of students there is bespoke off-site alternative provision. All students follow a Learning for Life programme that focuses on personal, social and emotional education and preparation for life beyond school.
A range of extracurricular activities is provided 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.
At Key Stage 5 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.
You will find our complete curriculum information on this website under the heading ‘Curriculum’ and further expanded on under individual subject headings. We are fully re-evaluating our Curriculum during 2018/19 to ensure it is fit for purpose - providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to be succesful.