The acquisition of knowledge and the ability to critically apply this knowledge is the foundation of our curriculum, enabling every individual to flourish in their learning.
At the centre of the curriculum stands a strong focus on the acquisition of a received body of knowledge, which enables all pupils to develop a broad and increasingly in-depth understanding of their world and their place within it. Within that context, the curriculum places emphasis on the importance of learning for its own sake, and through this approach aims to develop each child’s full potential as well as their cultural capital.
Our broad and balanced curriculum provides opportunities for all pupils to discover new skills, to develop the confidence that prepares them for university, the world of work and life in general and to flourish in all that they do.
Our curriculum designs ensures equal access to the curriculum for all pupils, including those with SEND (demonstrating compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs & Disability Regulations 2014).
Whilst the curriculum will serve to progressively deepen each student's knowledge of a broad range of subjects, it is equally important that our curriculum enables students to value and develop their skills of enquiry and of evaluation; enables them to become critical thinkers, who are open minded and reflective in their learning and who are resilient enough to embrace new challenges. The curriculum ensures there are opportunities for pupils to develop their reading, oracy and literacy skills, to be creative, to act as leaders as well as active participants and to develop an understanding of key issues such as citizenship, and careers.
The well-being and personal development of our students is of paramount importance: time is therefore allocated to physical education and games; to wellbeing; to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils; and time is given for pupils to play at break and lunchtime, to socialise with each other, to go on trips and to have fun! We want our students to feel that they are part of a community and so we encourage pupils to take part in every aspect of school life, providing opportunities that are rich, varied, and reflective of a holistic school experience in which we promote and embed an ethos that promotes our shared British Values and shows respect for people of all faiths, different cultures and lifestyles.
In Years 7 and 8, our students will experience a wide variety of subjects, enabling them to develop a love of learning and a deep foundation of knowledge and skills that will prepare them for their next stage. At the start of year 7 students will take baseline tests in English, Maths and Science. We then personalise learning to support and challenge pupils and ensure that they make the best progress that they are capable. We are keen to develop reading and writing skills within our school. To do this we use accelerated reader in Year 7 and 8 and concentrate on their SPAG skills in all lessons.
Subjects studied in Year 7 and 8 include Art, Personal Development, Computing, Drama, DT, English, Food, French, Physical education, Geography, German, History, Maths, Music, Religious Studies, Science.
In Year 9, our students continue with a very broad curriculum, ensuring that they are receiving a varied and exciting learning programme. In some subjects, they will start to study areas of the GCSE syllabus, or skills linked to this; this will help prepare them for choosing their GCSE subjects. A GCSE options programme has been developed so that students and parents are well informed about the options that are available to them and are aware of career opportunities that can result from these choices. Our Year 9 pupils are all entered for the Entry Level Computer Science qualification. This qualification helps ensure they are all technology literate, as well as preparing them for the start of their GCSEs.
Subjects studied in Year 9 include Art, Biology, Chemistry, Personal Development, Computing, Drama, DT, English, Food, French, Physical education, Games, Geography, German, History, Maths, Music, Physics, Religious Studies, Spanish.
In Year 10 and 11 pupils are building their knowledge, skills and understanding at an increasing deeper level as they work towards their GCSE examinations. All students will study nine GCSEs with additional courses such as Further Mathematics available for the most able. At the end of Year 10 pupils sit their Religious Studies Short Course GSCE which is excellent preparation for their GCSE exams in Year 11.
All Students will participate in games and PE lessons and receive careers education and guidance in a structured programme which will also include the personal, social and health curriculum. There is opportunity for individual careers advice for every student, and they will be aware of the choices available to them after their GCSEs. For example apprenticeships, A-levels or the world of work. Our aim is that they are well guided and are given the skills to move on successfully.
Subjects choices include Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computing, Drama, DT, French, Further Maths (top sets only), Geography, German, History, Music, Physics, Philosophy & Ethics, Psychology, Spanish, Sports Science. All students will study English Language, English Literature, Maths, Personal Development, Physical education.
KS5 (Sixth Form)
The Sixth Form focus their studies on a smaller number of subjects at greater depth. They will study up to four A Level subjects and combine an enjoyment of academic study with a curriculum that grants time to allow all students to prepare for university study, highly regarded apprenticeship programmes and the wider world.
All students will also follow a bespoke course encompassing social, moral, spiritual and cultural themes. Our enrichment programme gives students the chance to develop other useful life skills. The curriculum is designed to enable all students to make a successful transition to a more adult learning environment where students increasingly take charge of their own learning and development.
Subjects choices include Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, DT, Economics, English Language, English Literature, EPQ, French, Maths, Games, Geography, German, History, Maths, Music, Physics, Philosophy & Ethics, Psychology, Government & Politics, Sociology, Spanish, Sports Science. All students will take enrichment sessions, including games and personal development.