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    The Curriculum

    Our curriculum is designed with the aspiration that every learner should leave the School fully qualified to enter the next phase of their education.  The majority of subjects are organised into sets allowing stretch and challenge for learners of all abilities.  We use a ‘faculty blocks’ structure that enables students to be in different sets for different subjects from Year 7 through to Year 11.  The setting arrangements are reviewed periodically to ensure students are in a group that will allow them to progress as well as they possibly can.

    During Year 8 Autumn Term, Modern languages are taught on a rota of French, German and Spanish. Students are then asked to choose a specialism in the Year 8 Spring Term which will then give them an excellent grounding if they choose to take that language at GCSE. Pupils wishing to take two languages are accommodated on a flexible basis, for example through twilight study or a personalised timetable.

    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
    4
    4
    4
    Mathematics
    4
    4
    4
    Science
    4
    4
    4
    Technology
    2
    2
    2
    ICT
    1
    1
    1
    Modern Foreign Languages*
    3
    3
    3
    Humanities
    5
    5
    5
    Art
    2
    2
    2
    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
    Drama
    3
    Science
    6
    Music
    3
    ICT/Computing
    3
    History
    3
    PSVE
    1
    Geography
    3
    Physical Education
    2
    Modern Foreign Languages
    3
     
     
    Product Design
    3
     
     
    Food Technology
    3
     
     
    Child Development
    3
     
     
    Personal Social Development
    3
     
     
    Health and Social Care
    3
     
     
    Business
    3
     
     
    PE
    3
     
     
    Hair & Beauty (Double Option)
    6
     
     
    Textiles
    3
     
     
    Graphic Communication
    3
     
     
    Philosophy
    3
     
     
    Performing Arts
    3

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