Our curriculum supports our ambition to equip students with the knowledge, skills, respect and character they need in order to be successful now and in their future lives and communities.
In Years 7 & 8 our core purpose is to deliver an engaging and challenging curriculum through excellent teaching and learning which;
- gives students a broad insight into the subjects they study
- develop students into resilient learners capable of tackling the demands of study at GCSE
- develops confident and responsible members of the school and wider community.
All students study the National Curriculum (English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, PE, RE, PSHE, Computing, Art, Music, Drama & Dance, Technology and two Modern Foreign Languages: French or Spanish and German). There is a whole school focus on reading and all students following the Accelerated Reader Programme. A small number of students follow our Step Up curriculum where they study one less modern foreign language, and instead spend more time on literacy.
By the end of Year 8 our students have largely decided the subjects that they wish to study in greater depth and are “Options Ready”. They take options at the end of Year 8. All students continue with at least one of the Humanities and then have a choice of three subjects. This allows students to continue to study a broad and balanced curriculum.
Our aim, during Year 9, is to make students ‘GCSE ready’ by equipping them with the core skills and attributes they will need to be successful in their studies throughout Years 10 & 11. Year 9 also allows students the opportunity to try out the subjects they will study at GCSE. Student are able to switch choices if appropriate up until Christmas of Year 9, so they are comfortable with their study choices.
For GCSE students study Maths, English Language, English Literature, Science, History and/or Geography and three subjects they have opted for. A good number of students can study the three individual sciences meaning they will take ten subjects.
Religious Education is taught in discrete lessons in all year groups. Students who wish to can study RE in greater depth as a GCSE, and it is a popular option.
PSHE and Careers Education is delivered through our tutor time (Period R) programme and also Focus Days which happen throughout each year.
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all of our students especially those with additional needs. In Years 7 & 8 a small number of students follow our Step Up curriculum where they spend more time on literacy in place of modern foreign language. We also offer the Extended Project to Year 8 students. We offer a very wide range of GCSE subjects to ensure that all students are able to study subjects they enjoy and can excel at. Furthermore in KS4 we offer the STEP qualifications in English and Maths.
For details on what students’ study in each subject each half term please follow the links to the left.
Please also see further information with regards to our Equality Duty and Objectives statement located here.
Any further information can be gained by contacting Mr A. Murphy (Deputy Headteacher).
2020/2021 periods per fortnight:
|Key Stage 3||Y7||Y8||Key Stage 4||Y9||Y10||Y11|
At Key Stage 4, all students study:
- English (Language GCSE and Literature GCSE)
- Maths (GCSE)
- PE (non-examined)
- REality (non-examined)
- Science (triple or combined Science GCSE)
Students select 4 options – All students must choose at least one of:
- Ancient History
- Ancient History
- Computer Science
- Media Studies
- Physical Education
- Religious Studies
- Resistant Materials
- Graphic Design
- Catering & Hospitality (Food)