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Learning

 

Vision Outcomes
Aims
  • Respect, Endeavour, Achieve
  • Quality first teaching for all
  • A vibrant community  for learning, Powerful learners, Cultural capital, High Challenge, Adaptive and responsive teaching
  • Developing the whole child
  • Pupils physical and mental health are good and they know how to stay safe
Core Values
  • Raising aspirations
  • Narrowing the vocabulary gap
  • A positive climate for learning
  • High Challenge
  • Adaptive and responsive teaching
  • An enquiry led approach to develop acquisition of knowledge and the skills to transfer learning to unfamiliar contexts
  • Academic success and high standards for all  - strong progress and attainment
  • Strong positive destinations, low drop out rates post 16
  • High attendance rates
  • Consistently positive attitudes to school and education. Ambitious learners
  • Healthy, safe choices, good mental health and well-being
  • High levels of participation and enrichment

 * see below for the full Curriculum Design attachments

Our curriculum is designed with the aspiration that every learner should leave the school fully qualified to enter the next phase of their education. Teaching groups are organised according to the year group and subject. The grouping arrangements are reviewed periodically to ensure students are in a group that will allow them to progress as well as they possibly can.

On arrival in Year 7 pupils are taught in mixed ability, flexible groups in most subjects. Pupils select which language to study before Year 7 and will be grouped according to whether they choose French, German or Spanish.

Moving into Year 8, accelerated groups are introduced in the core subjects.

During Year 9 pupils in some areas, for example History, Geography and Science, will start their GCSE courses. In addition Year 9 pupils get a choice about which technology and art subjects they wish to specialise in.

We have a broad and balanced selection of option subjects at Key Stage 4 including some ‘vocational’ subjects which we are fortunate to have the facilities to be able to offer.  We have a ‘guided options’ process in which the Tutors, Year Leaders and Senior Staff put in a considerable amount of effort ensuring that students are taking courses that will meet their needs in the future.

English, Mathematics and Science are at the core of the Key Stage 4 curriculum.  Even within these compulsory subjects we have some choices.  English Literature, Physics, Chemistry and Biology are all possibilities.

The timetable plans below show a typical curriculum offer as an example.  This will vary according to year group and choices made.

Timetable Plan 

There are 30 fifty minute periods per week.  Therefore the school spends 25 hours per week on teaching, excluding assemblies, registration periods and breaks.  The Government recommends a minimum of 24 hours.  We also run enhancement lessons after school.

 
YEAR 7
YEAR 8
YEAR 9
 
Number of periods per week
English
5
5
4
Mathematics
4
4
4
Science
4
4
4
Technology
2
2
2
Computer Science
1
1
1
Modern Foreign Languages*
3
3
3
Humanities
5
5
5
Art
3
3
3
Music/Drama
2
2
2
Physical Education
2
2
2
PSHE
1
1
1

* includes French, German and Spanish

YEARS 10 AND 11
Core subjects
Periods
Option subjects*
Periods
English
5
Art and Design
3
Mathematics
4
Business
3
Science
6
Drama
3
Humanities
3
Food Technology
3
PSHE
1
Geography
3
Physical Education
2
Hair & Beauty (Double Option)
6
 
 
Health and Social Care
3
 
 
History
3
 
 
ICT
3
 
 
Media
3
 
 
Modern Foreign Languages (French / German / Spanish) 
3
 
 
Music
3
 
 
PE
3
 
 
Religious Studies
3
 
 
Product Design
3

*Option Subjects taught at Key Stage 4 will vary each year depending on pupil choice and staffing.