Curriculum Flexibility

We allow our pupils to choose their options from a wide range of creative, vocational and academic subjects in Year 9 allowing them to personalise their learning and choose subjects which engage and enthuse them.  Options are structured to allow students a free choice. This ensures all students have access to subjects. The options are designed to challenge and stretch students to meet the needs of the local labour market. In addition, all pupils follow a programme of Sports Studies for three hours per week in Year 9 & 10.  This is crucial in our community as the programme of study addresses a range of PSHE strands pertinent to local need including health and wellbeing, relationships and careers and the world of work, as well as the role of the media in influencing belief and the theme of diversity through the paralympics. A focus on leadership also encourages pupils to seek out positive role models in their lives as opposed to negative ones found in the community. All pupils study at least one humanities subject. The benefit of this curriculum model is that it enables pupils to focus on fewer subjects at a time, developing resilience, ambition and supporting mental well-being.  Pupils can access additional support where needed which is not available at home, and over the five years they can study a wide range of subjects, keeping their future career options open and supporting them into further employment, education or training.