Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Principles.

In striving to achieve our vision ‘Educating today’s students for the world of tomorrow,’ we recognise that education is an experience in its own right and that our curriculum, from Year 7 to Year 13, is characterised by richness and diversity; allowing students to be ambitious for themselves and well prepared for their next steps. Our curriculum gives impetus to enquiring minds and supports students in embarking on future challenges in education, training and life; thus ensuring we are preparing the next generation to take their place as self-confident and well-informed citizens.

The school aims to personalise learning by:

  • Inspiring students through a range of high quality academic and applied courses to allow them to develop resilience and achieve to the best of their ability
  • Promoting personal growth and understanding as part of a Personal Development Programme and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural learning, through a wide range of  activities which enhance, enrich and create memorable experiences
  • Developing learning opportunities beyond the capacity of the school which are relevant to the world of work; through business partnerships, enterprise activities and work placements
  • Providing students with opportunities for continued development as part of the extra/extended curriculum so that students take increasing responsibility for their own learning
  • Enabling teachers and students to use their subject expertise to embed Knowledge, Skills and Understanding ready for students’ yearly transition, recognising the access these give to educated conversation and decision-making.

Appendix Curriculum Policy 2019

How do we organise learning?

All students follow a common core of learning in Years 7, 8 and 9 which includes English, Mathematics, Science, at least one language (French, German and Spanish), Humanities (History, Geography and Religious Education), Computer Science, Performing Arts (Drama, Dance and Music), Design Arts (Art and Design Technology) and Physical Education.  The Personal Development Programme includes Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Enterprise education, as well as Careers Education.

A second language is introduced in year 8 to support the focus on internationalism and is in addition to the study of French during year 7. From year 8 onwards students are placed in very broad ability groupings in mathematics and science.

From 2021 onwards, the study of at least one language and History or Geography is encouraged for all students entering Key Stage 4, to support the aim of breadth, challenge and balance as important components of the programme of study for the majority of students during Key Stage 4.

he allocation of time to the various curriculum areas is subject to annual review. The distribution of curriculum time across a two-week timetable is as follows:

Year 7 – Year 11

Week A has 49 periods for students; the school closes early on a Monday to allow time for staff professional development.  Week B has 50.

Nova Code

Subject

7

8

9

10

11

En

English

10

6

6

8

8

Ma

Maths

8

6

8

6

8

Sc

Science

6

6

6

8

8

Pe

Core Physical Education

4

4

4

4

2

Fr

Modern Foreign Languages 1 – French

4

4

3

5

5

Dt

Technology

2

4

2

5

 

Dm/Sp

Modern Foreign Languages 2 – German/Spanish

 

4

3

 

 

Ar

Art

2

2

2

5

5

Cs

Computer Science

2

2

2

5

5

Re

Core Religious Education

2

2

2

2

2

Dr

Drama/Dance

2

2

2

 

 

Gg

Geography

2

2

3

5

5

Hi

History

2

2

3

5

5

Mu

Music

2

2

2

5

5

Pd

Personal Development/Staff CPD

2

2

2

2

2

Bs

Business Studies

 

 

 

5

5

Da

Dance (Da)

 

 

 

5

5

Dr

Drama (Dr)

 

 

 

5

5

Ei

E ICT

 

 

 

 

5

Ec

Economics

 

 

 

5

5

Fi

Film Studies

 

 

 

5

5

Dm

German (Dm)

 

 

 

5

5

Gp

Graphic Products

 

 

 

 

5

Hs

Health & Social Care

 

 

 

5

5

It

Information Technology

 

 

 

5

 

Me

Media Studies

 

 

 

5

 

Me

Media Studies (Me)

 

 

 

5

5

Pe

Physical Education

 

 

 

 

5

Pa

Production Arts (Pa)

 

 

 

5

5

Re

Religious Studies

 

 

 

5

5

Rs

Resistant Materials

 

 

 

 

5

Sc

Separate Sciences (Sc)

 

 

 

5

5

Sp

Spanish (Sp)

 

 

 

5

5

Sr

Sports Science

 

 

 

5

5

En

Study Plus – English (En)

 

 

 

5

5

Ma

Study Plus – Maths (Ma)

 

 

 

5

5

Tt

Textiles

 

 

 

5

5

Vs

Vocational

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

50

50

50

50

50

 

In years 10 and 11, students study a common core of English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Religious Studies. Additionally, from September 2021, all students study either History or Geography.   A further guided choice of subjects is then available from a list of optional subjects. For students looking for further challenge there is opportunity to study more than one language.

From September 2021, additional challenge opportunities have been added to students’ options choices, such as taking Further Maths & Statistics or an optional additional GCSE in the separate sciences, or Religious Education.

Courses in all subjects offered in Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4) normally lead to an external assessment except for core Religious Studies and Physical Education.

Year group curriculum maps for Years 7 – 9, and subject curriculum summaries Years 7-13 are available on the school website and show the coverage of subject content across each year

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form the following subjects are offered at Level 3 (Applied or A Level): 

Applied Psychology

Further Mathematics

Politics

Applied Science

Geography

Psychology

Art & Design

German

Religious Studies

Biology

Health & Social Care

Sociology

Business Studies

History

Spanish

Chemistry

Law

Sport

Creative Media

Mathematics

A/S Extended Project

Computer Science

Mathematical Studies

 

Design & Technology

Media

 

Dance

Music

 

Drama

Performing Arts Acting

 

Economics

Performing arts Dance

 

English Language

Philosophy

 

English Literature

Physics

 

French

Physical Education

 

 

 

A one year, level 2 ‘step up’ course is also offered to a small number of students to enable them to meet the entry requirements of the 6th Form.  GCSE English and Mathematics is also available for those not attaining grade 3 during KS4.

All Sixth Form students also take part in a “Personal Development Programme”, which includes personal, social, health, and economic education (PSHE), as well as topics related to culture, enterprise and citizenship.

Organisation of Teaching Groups and Timetable

Students are taught in a variety of groupings depending on the needs of the students and the demands of the particular curriculum area; these may vary from year to year.  Teachers are knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to ensure success shines through at all levels both academically and vocationally.

Mixed ability teaching groups are the most common for the teaching of years 7 and 8.  Broad ability groups or sets are introduced generally higher up the school. The school week is divided into an allocation of twenty-five periods each of one-hour duration. The timetable operates over a two-week, fifty period cycle. In addition, other aspects of the curriculum, forming part of the Personal Development Programme (including PSHCE, Careers Education and and Relationships and Sex Education) are covered in separate lessons and programmed events. Time is also allocated for a daily act of worship, assemblies and the registration of students

English

Year 7

Mixed ability groups, two “progress groups”

Year 8

Two half year groups, mixed ability classes

Year 9

Two half year groups, mixed ability classes

Year 10

Mixed ability classes

Year 11

Mixed ability classes with a “progress groups”

 

Mathematics

Year 7

Two half year groups each with students in broad foundation / higher ability groups following an induction.

  Year 8

Two ‘half’ year groups, each with students in broad foundation/higher ability groups

  Year 9

Two ‘half’ year groups, each with students in broad foundation/higher ability

  Year 10

Set in ability groups

  Year 11

Set in ability groups

 

Science

Year 7

Seven mixed ability groups

  Year 8

Two half year groups, each of mixed ability.

  Year 9

Two half year groups, with students in mixed ability groups (from 2021-2022)

  Year 10

Groups of separate sciences (core plus option). All other students follow a two GCSE course and are in ability groups

  Year 11

Groups of separate sciences. All other students follow a two GCSE course and are in ability groups

 

Modern Languages

Year 7

Mixed ability groups of French

  Year 8

French in mixed ability groups Second language in mixed ability groups (some literacy support for a small group of students)

  Year 9

French. Second language in mixed ability groups (some literacy support for a small group of students)

  Year 10

French, German, Spanish groups

  Year 11

French, German, Spanish groups

 

Art, Applied courses, Drama/Dance, Geography, History, Computer Science, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Design Technology

These subjects are taught mainly in mixed ability groups. Occasionally the teaching of these subjects is timetabled alongside another subject and the groupings may follow a different arrangement.  In PE, groups are of mixed gender in KS4, at KS3 they are single sex.

Year 7 Curriculum Map

Year 8 Curriculum Map

Year 9 Curriculum Map

Courses offered for students entering Year 10

Courses offered for students entering Year 12

KS4 subject texts and revision books

Click here for more detailed information on individual subjects, including curriculum summaries.

How well are we achieving our aims?

Look at what our students have experienced and achieved.

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