The CurriculumThrough the curriculum we want to ensure students are enthusiastic learners who take responsibility for their own learning, continually reviewing and reflecting on their individual progress; we have developed flexible personalised learning programmes to meet individuals' strengths and needs. All learners will have access to a broad, balanced range of activities and experiences to enable them to become mature young adults who are confident and competent to make positive, lifelong contributions to our multi-cultural society and changing world. The school curriculum and its organisation is kept under constant review to enable students to achieve their best.
To ensure that every student can work at a level and pace appropriate to his/her ability and needs, some subjects are taught in groups arranged according to students’ ability in that subject but other classes will contain students with a mix of abilities.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)All students study English, Maths, Science, Information Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education, Technical and Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Religious Education and French. Some pupils will go on to study Spanish in Year 8 and 9. Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) is also taught and this covers a variety of topics to help pupils develop safe and healthy life styles and an awareness of the society that they live in.
Diploma Group Our Year 7 Diploma Group has been created for the most vulnerable students, those with very low prior attainment at Key Stage 2. This small group has the same teacher for English, Mathematics, Humanities and ICT so that their transition to the many different teachers at secondary school is more gradual. These students will join other groups for Science, PE, Technical and Visual Arts, Modern Languages and Performing Arts. The curriculum for this group will cover the same skills as other Year 7 groups but the content of the curriculum for this group may be thematically organised.
Gifted and TalentedOur most able pupils are offered a range of activities in order to expand their learning and develop important skills such as adaptability, public speaking and more advanced study skills. They have had opportunities to study an additional GCSE in Statistics and a free standing maths qualification to help pupils prepare for AS level. Advanced Subsidiary courses in Photography, Computing and Media have been offered as additional courses to Year 11 pupils and others have had the chance to take a Latin course. Triple Science is available as an option route at Key Stage Four.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)At Key Stage 4 all students will follow a common core of English, English Language and Literature , Mathematics, Science Core and Additional, PE, RE and PSHCE. In addition students choose four option choices from a whole range of GCSEs and BTEC courses. For some years now our most able students have had the opportunity to study AS courses in Year 10 and 11 and this has been enormously successful.
Flexible Days to enhance the curriculumFlexible Days will take place throughout the school year for all students. These will represent a mix of theme days, visits, sports tournaments, catch up classes and whole days of curriculum time for students. Seven flexible days happen throughout the year in order to provide a range of activities that do not easily fit into lesson time.
Our key priority is that we ensure that pupils have the essential skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT which they need for education, employment and life; that they have good personal, interpersonal, learning and thinking skills and are creative, resourceful and able to solve problems, both independently and in teams. We aim to create learners who are motivated and who will take responsibility for their own learning and become life-long learners who enjoy challenge and are encouraged to go on to further and higher education.