Curriculum

We aim to build a personalised curriculum for every child and there are opportunities to study academic subjects, such as separate sciences, modern languages and psychology, as well as vocational subjects such as hairdressing and Engineering.

The school operates a 2 week timetable of 48 taught lessons. Each lesson is 1 hour long.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 & 8: On entry to the school students will follow a broad and balanced curriculum which establishes rigorous benchmarks from which students will make rapid progress. Students will be taught in broad mixed ability classes except in the core areas of Maths and English where their attainment at Key stage 2 will be used to establish appropriate setting.

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Year 9: As the majority of students enter the school in Year 9 the curriculum is adjusted to reflect their prior experiences and attainment. Students are taught in 1 population. In English, Maths and Science students are allocated sets guided by their attainment at the end of Key stage 2. Initial setting is also guided by Teacher Assessment from Year 8. Once baseline assessments have been established then setting is adjusted as appropriate.

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Key Stage 4

In Year 10 & 11 students are taught in ability sets for English, Maths, Science, ICT and RE. Students are able to choose from 3 Option subjects which are taught as mixed ability with a 5 hour / fortnight allocation. We provide a range of alternative curriculum choices to ensure we have personalised the curriculum to meet the diverse needs of our students.

We provide a rigorous and broadly academic curriculum which includes traditional GCSE and a range of BTEC qualifications.

Students are separated into 2 broadly similar academic populations. Typically for each core subject there will be 4 classes per population.

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Personal, social, health and economic education Curriculum Map

Post 16

Students enter the Sixth Form with a wide variety of subject choices at both AS, A and BTEC National level. The Post 16 curriculum:

  • Addresses the prior attainment of students at Key stage 4.
  • Provides rigorous, well balanced and varied learning opportunities.
  • Provides clear progression routes from Key stage 4.
  • Facilitates entry into Further and Higher Education.
  • Meets the requirements of the EFA’s new funding arrangements and 16-19 Study Programmes.
  • Addresses the requirements of Raising the Participation Age (including all students Post 16 to have or be studying towards C Grade GCSE Maths and English).

Each student is required to meet a basic entry requirement for Level 3 courses of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent in at least 4 subjects. Each student at Level 3 will be expected to:

  • Choose 3 or 4 AS / A level courses which have 9 hours of contact time per fortnight.
  • Attend timetabled Study periods for each subject chosen
  • Attend a Guidance lesson

The range of subject options available to students is set out below:

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A 1 year programme or ‘Gateway’ is available for those students who are not ready for Level 3 study is also provided. This pathway delivers Level 2 courses in Work Skills, Financial Literacy and Hospitality which will support students in being readied for Level 3 or in the move to employment.

If you wish to find out more information about the curriculum being followed in any subject please contact Mr Andy Allman, Parental Liaison Officer.