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 & German). There is a whole school focus on reading and all students following the Accelerated Reader Programme. A small number of students follow our HighR curriculum where they study less modern foreign languages and more 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 free choice of 3 subjects from all we deliver. 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 and English Literature, Science, History or Geography and 3 subjects they have opted for. For some students studying nine qualifications is not appropriate and they follow our STEP Programme in place of one option. A good number of students can study the three individual sciences meaning they will take ten Level 2 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 Drop Down days which happen throughout each year.
For details on what students’ study in each subject each half term please follow the links to the left.
Any further information can be gained by contacting Mr A. Murphy (Deputy Headteacher).
Phone: 01206 392852