Curriculum

CURRICULUM STATEMENT Students in front of school

VALUES

The following values underpin the planning of the curriculum at all Key Stages:

Challenge and Enjoyment – Students should find their learning challenging, engaging and motivating.

Breadth – Students should have opportunities for a broad, suitably weighted range of experiences.

Progression – Students should experience continuous progression in their learning from 11 to 19 within a single curriculum framework. All progression routes should stay open for as long as possible allowing all students to progress at a rate which their needs and aptitude require.

Depth – Every learning activity should develop the students’ capacity to develop their ability to think and learn. They should develop and apply increasing intellectual rigour, drawing different strands of learning together, and exploring and achieving more advanced levels of understanding.

Personalisation and Choice – The curriculum should respond to individual needs and support particular aptitudes and talents. It should give each student increasing opportunities for exercising responsible personal choice as they move through their school career.

Coherence and Relevance - There should be clear links between the different aspects of students’ learning, including opportunities for extended activities which draw different strands of learning together. They should see the value of what they are learning and its relevance to their lives, present and future.

ORGANISATION OF THE CURRICULUM: THE SCHOOL DAY

 Assembly in School Hall

08:30 – 08:55

Registration

08:55 – 09:45

Period 1

09:45 – 10:35

Period 2

10:35 – 10:55

Break

10:55 – 11:45

Period 3

11:45 – 12:35

Period 4

12:35 – 13:20

Lunch

13:20 – 14:10

Period 5

14:10 – 15:00

Period 6

THE CURRICULUM MODEL

The Curriculum Model for 2016 – 2017 is as follows:

Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8

Students are most often taught in mixed ability groups, covering a broad and balanced curriculum. This provides the students with the opportunity to experience a wide variety of learning styles and opportunities to be challenged. These rich experiences also prepare our students to choose their Key Stage 4 pathway at the end of Year 8. There is a detailed programme of events to prepare and assist students in choosing their pathway into Key Stage 4. Particular pathways open to students vary according to their achievement at the end of Key Stage 2 and their progress throughout Years 7 and 8. We aim to match the needs and requirements of the students to the subjects and examination styles on offer.

A small number of students are taught by the same teacher for specific subjects and this helps with their transition from Primary to Secondary School. It also means that focussed support can be in place for these students.

Students are set by ability in Mathematics, English and Science.

          Year 7                                                                      Year 8

Subject

Lessons

 

Subject

Lessons

English

4

 

English

4

Mathematics

4

 

Mathematics

4

Science

4

 

Science

3

MFL

2

 

MFL

2

History

2

 

History

2

Geography

2

 

Geography

2

Art

2

 

Art

2

Drama

1

 

Drama

1

Music

1

 

Music

1

ICT

1

 

ICT

1

Technology

3

 

Technology

3

PSHCE

1

 

PSHCE

1

PE

2

 

PE

3

RE

1

 

RE

1

 

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 and 11

All students in Year 9 narrow their curriculum slightly to follow guided Pathways according to students’ ability and skills profile:

Pathway 1: Core

Subject

Lessons

English Language and English Literature

5

Mathematics

4

Science [Core and Additional]

5

PE

2

PSHE

1

RE and Ethics

1

A range of personalised VCert Courses to suit individual learners’ needs at either Level 1 or 2 in Art, Business and ICT

12

Pathway 2: Consolidation

Subject

Lessons

English Language and English Literature

5

Mathematics

4

Science [Core and Additional]

5

PE

2

PSHE

1

RE and Ethics

1

VCert  Business

3

VCert ICT

3

Arts Subject [Fine Art, Drama, Graphic Design, Media, Music, Photography]

3

Option [Food Preparation and Nutrition, Design Technology, French, Geography, German, History, PE, Spanish]

3

Pathway 3: Stretch

Subject

Lessons

English Language and English Literature

5

Mathematics

4

Science [Core and Additional]

5

Humanities [History or Geography]

3

Modern Foreign Language

3

PE

2

PSHE

1

RE and Ethics

1

Arts Subject [Fine Art, Drama, Graphic Design, Media, Music, Photography]

3

Option [Food Preparation and Nutrition, Design Technology, Applied Business, VCert Business, Catering, Computer Science, ICT, VCert ICT, PE, Spanish, Triple Science]

3

Our aim is to prepare students to complete their GCSE and vocational courses successfully having established excellent learning habits during three years of the courses.

Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13

The KS5 Programme of Study is built around the individual needs and aspirations of the student and dependent on how well the student achieved in their GCSEs.

Students are guided to choose from a wide range of ‘A’ Level and BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. The following ‘A’ level and BTEC qualifications are offered:

‘A’ Levels

  • Anthropology Students on stairs in Hogarth
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design [Communication]
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Mathematics – Statistics
  • Mathematics – Mechanics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Vocational Courses

  • BTEC First Diploma in Business
  • Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art and Design
  • BTEC National Diploma in Business
  • BTEC National Diploma in ICT
  • BTEC National Diploma in Sport

GCSEs

[For students who need to achieve a grade ‘C’ in either or both subjects]

  • English
  • Mathematics

 Sixth Form students working at PCs

 

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