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Curriculum Overview

As a fully comprehensive, 11-18 academy, we are committed to providing the highest quality of education we can provide regardless of ability, race, ethnicity gender or cultural background.

The curriculum consists of all activities within the school and so comprises more than the formal programme of lessons. It also includes modes of learning, teaching styles, assessment, extra-curricular activities and all those features which contribute to our ethos, such as quality of relationships, concern for equality of opportunity and the values exemplified by the school’s organisation and management.

AIMS OF THE CURRICULUM

The overall aims of the school curriculum and the National Curriculum are to:

  • Ensure an entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum which secures the opportunity for every child to develop skills, knowledge and understanding across a wide range of subjects.
  • Equip students with a range of transferable key skills (i.e. literacy, numeracy and IT) to support learning across the curriculum.
  • Develop the values, skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for students to enter into effective personal and social relationships in a multicultural society.
  • Meet the educational needs of all our students and provide access and challenge for those of the highest ability, and those with protected characteristics (as defined in the Equality Act).
  • Encourage all students to reach their full potential which includes achieving the highest possible standards in their public examinations. These standards will be used to set targets for improvement, measure progress and monitor and compare performance between individuals and groups in the school.
  • Promote continuity and progression and foster a high regard for education and training and a belief in the value of lifelong learning for all.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

The school operates a 30 period week with 6 periods of 55 minutes each day. In addition there is a 15 minute tutor period each morning.  Total weekly teaching time is 27 hours and 30 minutes, towards the upper end of government guidelines.

The curriculum is fully differentiated for all pupils.

On entry pupils are placed into one three pastoral colleges.  For academic grouping purposes students are split into 2 half year bands of equal ability (d and e).  Within each band there is group consisting of the highest attaining students (EXCEL).  Students are then placed into 4 subject specific ability groupings for English, Mathematics, Science, Spanish and Humanities.  In Year 7 students are placed into their ability groups a range of data; attainment at KS2, CATS and internal base line assessment data.  From Year 8 onwards groupings are based upon attainment within school.  Pupil progress is monitored termly and movement between groupings is common.

We guarantee equality of access to the whole curriculum for all students regardless of their protected characteristics, as defined by the Equality Act.

During Year 7 and 8 for all other subject areas including practical and expressive arts subjects students are placed into 2 different half year bands of equal ability(x and y).  Within each band they are then placed into 5 mixed ability groupings. 

YEARS 7-8 – KEY STAGE THREE

All students follow a common curriculum comprising:

English, Mathematics, Science, Art & Design, Computer Science, Drama, History, Geography, MFL (Modern Foreign Language), Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and Technology.

P.S.H.E.E (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development) are delivered through collapsed sessions, whole day events and assemblies.

YEARS 9-11 – KEY STAGE FOUR

All pupils follow a common core comprising:

GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Mathematics, GCSE Science, core PE

In addition pupils continue to study 4 further subjects at GCSE, one of which must be Geography, History or a Modern Foreign Language.