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Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Curriculum overview

We have a 2 week timetable of 50 periods which gives us greater flexibility in timetabling courses.

 

We run a 3 Year Key Stage 3 curriculum which follows the National Curriculum. In addition to the statutory National Curriculum subjects all students take 1 lesson of photography, business studies and media per fortnight. These courses are offered as option choices in at KS4. This not only gives students an opportunity to experience these subjects before they make any choices but enables us to teach important and relevant topics such as fake news and personal finance. We also run the Mandarin Excellence Programme in Years 7,8 and 9 and will be offering Mandarin GCSE to our first cohort of students in September 2022. All students take core PE in Years 7,8 and 9 which focuses on teaching skills, knowledge, team work but most importantly helping to keep students fit and active.

 

This approach to Key Stage 3 means that we are able to teach a broad curriculum for as long as possible. It also allows us to adapt the content depending on the needs of our students and what is going on in the World that we believe students should be made aware of and taught.

 

We now run a 2 year Key Stage 4 curriculum starting in Year 10. At KS4 students have a choice of academic and vocational subjects. Students can choose subjects where the majority of the course is assessed externally by examinations or through coursework. This allows students to work to their strengths. For example, we run 2 different PE courses, GCSE PE and BTEC Sports studies and also 2 different business courses, Business Studies GCSE and BTEC Enterprise. Our KS4 curriculum is designed around the abilities of the cohort.

 

All students in Year 9 study French and Spanish and some students also study Mandarin. We aiming for at least 75% of these students to continue to study a language at KS4 in Year 10.

 

In Year 11 there are opportunities for additional English and mathematics for the students who need it. This is at all ability levels.

 

Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a priority in the school so that students with additional needs are supported to meet their potential. We have a dedicated SEN base and a team of staff to support our students. We also support students and have a dedicated base for students where English is not their first language (English as an additional language EAL). We also work with students to help them achieve a qualification in their native or hereditary language if English is not their first language.

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) is the over-arching umbrella which is about personal development. This incorporates Religious Education (RE), Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and is across the whole curriculum including extra-curricular opportunities. Students have timetables lessons for RE and PSHE in Years 7 to 11. RSE is the statutory part of PSHE and is taught both in timetabled lessons and in drop down lessons or days throughout the year. This way we can give RSE a whole school focus and call on external speakers and guests to support our delivery of the topics. There is also a PSHE and RSE programme of study for our Post 16 students.

 

Extra-curricular

We have an extensive extra-curricular programme with activities for all students and their interests. They help develop confidence, resilience, skills, interpersonal skills and teamwork. The activities include PE sports teams and fixtures, drama productions and musical events, trips and residentials. Some examples of the residentials we run are Bewerley Park Outdoor Activity Centre for Year 7, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Gold for Year 9 upwards, Theatre trip to London, Paris for Year 12 and a Ski trip.

 

We have an extensive House System where all students and staff are members of one of 8 Houses. Students take part in team House Competitions across the year to earn points for their Houses. Students can also earn House ties by making significant contributions to the competitions and in the school. Year groups join together in Sectionals for the competitions. There are 3 Sectionals made up of Lower (Year 7 & 8), Upper (Year 9 & 10) and Seniors (Year 11 and Post 16). Throughout the year there are competitions open to the Sectionals. Some competitions are open to all 3 Sectionals, some for 2 Sectionals and some for 1 Sectional. The competitions are a mixture of sports and other activities, e.g. football, basketball, tennis, chess, debating and ‘Bake off’.