Curriculum Offer

We have a well-constructed curriculum, tailored to meet the needs of our learners and address social disadvantage on many levels.  Our curriculum offer is adapted to meet individual needs where appropriate and therefore offers a range of pathways, which we believe broaden rather than narrow the offer at different points during the five-year journey.  As a result, the number of pupils who are NEET has reduced below the national average to less than 1% (two pupils), and the number of pupils progressing to Further Education College and sixth form has increased to 96.6% in 2018.  Although we offer, with resistant materials, food technology, textiles, art, photography and performing arts taught in Key Stage Three.  In Key Stage Four we offer a broad range of technical, vocational and academic subjects including Health and Social Care, ICT and construction.  We plan to extend to a three year Key Stage 3 in September 2020.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 (Years 7&8) all students study the same subjects as required by the National Curriculum, in addition to Religious Studies, Computing is studied as a discrete subject in both years. 

Year 7 & 8

  • Students are taught in sets for English, maths and science.
  • Students are taught in banded mixed ability groups for the non-core subjects.
  • Design & Technology continue to be taught in smaller, mixed ability, but banded, groups. 

Subject

Year 7 Periods

Year 8 Periods

% KS3 Time

English4416
Maths4416
MFL228
Science3312
Design & Tech118
PE228
History228
Geography228
Music114
Art114
Drama114
Computing114
Religious Studies114
Total2525100

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education  

The curriculum contribute to students’ behaviour and welfare including their physical, mental and personal well being, safety and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through cross curricular themes within the curriculum. This is monitored through a curriculum audit and supplemented with a SMSC programme in tutor time 4 days per week. 

In addition topics such as Sex and Relationship Education and aspects of Citizenship are provided for through drop down activities. 

Key Stage 4

  • During KS4 (Years9, 10 & 11) all students follow English, Maths, Science.
  • Religious Studies/Citizenship and Core PE are followed as non-examined subjects.
  • All students then choose a subject in each of three option blocks. 

Subject

Year 9 Periods

Year 10 Periods

Year 11 Periods

Science445
English555
Maths444
PE1
Option Periods (Number of Subjects Studied inc. PE)12(4)12(4)10(4)
Total Periods252525

Ebacc Subjects Offered

Other Subjects Offered

History
Geography
French
Spanish
Computer Science

Music (GCSE & BTEC)
PE (GCSE & BTEC and OCR National)
Drama
Graphic Products
Food and Nutrition
Technology
Art
Religious Studies

Elaine Briggs, Associate Principal is the named person for curriculum contact. Please contact the school on 01226 232306