In the main school (Years 7-11), students are taught 25 periods a week across a two week timetable. In the Sixth Form, some of those 25 periods per fortnight are supervised self-study lessons. In addition, some Sixth Form lessons are delivered after school as twilight sessions. Lessons throughout the school are an hour long. All students also attend a tutor period with their form tutor every morning, one of which will also include an assembly with the rest of their year group.
The Curriculum for Years 7 & 8
In Years 7 and 8 all schemes of work are based developing the skills that will be required at GCSE. Students are placed in sets for English, Maths, Humanities, Science and French and taught in mixed ability classes for their other lessons. In both Years 7 and 8, students also attend Citizenship lessons which include the delivery of PIXL Edge in Year 8.
The Curriculum for Year 9
In Year 9 students begin their GCSE courses in English, Maths, Science and RE and are set for these lessons. The students remain in sets for Humanities & French with other subjects taught in mixed ability classes. Students make their GCSE choices for Years 10 and 11 in January. Citizenship is delivered through drop down days/sessions>
The Curriculum for Years 10 & 11
The majority of students study our core curriculum and an additional three subjects from those on offer. Some personalisation is possible for those students who have special circumstances
The Core Curriculum (all students)
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Additional subjects available to choose currently include History, Geography, French, Computer Science, GCSE ICT, GCSE PE, Dance, Drama, Art, Music, Photography, BTEC or GCSE Business Studies, Technology (Resistant Materials, Food Technology or Textiles) and Media Studies.
Personalisation at KS4
In KS4 a small number students follow a “flexible learning path”. They take a reduced number of GCSE courses and follow personalised programmes that might include study support, extended work experience and a small number of vocational courses. This is arranged on an individual basis in consultation with the students’ parents/carers and the SENCO.
The Curriculum at Key Stage 5
In Year 12, the majority of students choose 4 subjects from a range of AS & BTEC subjects. Some of these subjects are linear courses with assessment/examination at the end of Year 13 whilst others are modular courses. This means that students can sit a stand-alone AS examination in Year 12 before switching to the A2 course the following year. Typically, students carry on with 3 of their four subjects from Year 12 into Year 13. We also offer a one year pathway for students as a stepping stone to Sixth Form or further training/employment elsewhere. Full details of the Sixth Form courses are in the Sixth Form prospectus on the school website.
In addition to their formal lessons, students have supervised private study time in the Sixth Form Centre and study skills lessons taught throughout the year. There are also timetabled lessons in English and Maths for students who need to gain a C grade qualification.
Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning (including British values) cuts across the whole school through every lesson. It helps us to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the wider world by learning about the beliefs, cultures, difficulties and needs of other people. This in turn helps everyone to develop greater consideration, care and empathy for the world around them.
Examples of some of the many opportunities available to students to explore these issues can be found by clicking here.