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Curriculum

We place emphasis on good teaching in a broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by an effective approach to the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of children and young people, to help to prepare them for life in modern Britain.

Years 7, 8 and 9

The Curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 has been fully re-designed to allow students to experience a range of subjects and to prepare for their GCSEs as well as develop key learning skills, experience a full range of subjects and extra-curricular opportunities to develop character. As GCSE subjects have become more challenging for students, Year 9 has been developed into a “transitional year”, meaning students continue to develop their key learning skills through topic-based learning but also start their GCSE subjects. 

We have developed a “Deepening Learning” slot after the school day, which will allow for a range of additional extra-curricular activities and for additional work/revision, after the end of the traditional school day.

Teaching is organised around half year groups, most subjects are taught in mixed ability groups in Years 7 and 8; in Maths and English there is setting from Year 7, PE and DT operate a broad banding arrangement.  

Years 9, 10 and 11

In Years 9, 10 and 11 there is a wide variety of GCSE subjects available.   

Over the last three years, the school has encouraged the majority of students to follow an English Baccalaureate (EBacc) curriculum route. Year 8 students who are achieving well in Modern Foreign Languages are expected to continue with a language at GSCE. We offer French, German and Spanish at GCSE. All students are expected to choose either History or Geography and one further choice from a wide variety of practical, technical and ‘new start’ subjects. There are three vocational options in Design and Technology - Hospitality & Catering, Health and Social Care and Materials Technology as part of our wider curricular offer.

For a very small number of students there is bespoke off-site alternative provision.  All students follow a PSHE programme that focuses on personal, social and emotional education, religious education and preparation for life beyond school.

The curriculum is designed to build character through a range of extracurricular activities, including inter-house competition, across all areas of the school, including sports, the expressive arts, design technology, science and modern foreign languages. Activities take place at lunchtime and are open to all students. They provide a wide range of experiences that many students get involved in.

Years 12 and 13

In Years 12 and 13, we offer a very wide range of A Level subjects, Maths and English re-sit clinics and a variety of curriculum enrichment activities such as Community Sports Leadership Award, Higher Sports Leadership Award and the Finance Certificate qualifications. There are also a huge number of additional enrichment activities extra to the curriculum such as buddy reading, in-lesson support, work experience and mentoring opportunities that sixth form students can become involved in.

There is ongoing evaluation of curriculum structures by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors. The Governors' Students and Standards Committee works closely with the Leadership Team to monitor, review and evaluate the curriculum offer on a yearly basis.

Impact Days 2021/22

Impact Day December 2021

Students across each year group will be experiencing a day of Life Skills & Wellbeing. 

Each lesson will follow a plan of special lessons covering a selection from our themes;

  • Careers
  • Health and well being
  • Sexual health
  • Study skills
  • Wider world

We have a range of specialists delivering content from the police to sexual health experts. You can also find advice on how to support from our 'parental guide' and 'extra support' section of this webpage.

 

If you require any further information about the day, please contact the deputy head of house for your child, details of which can be found in the contact and feedback section. 

Impact Day July 2022

Content to follow closer to the Impact Day.