Learning & Achieving Together

Curriculum

We believe that all students should have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

We offer all students the same subject framework, but the detail of what is taught, at what levels, and the approaches used, differ according to the ability and achievement levels of the individual students. Students who have Special Educational Needs are helped by the Learning Support Service both within the mainstream classroom and/or on a withdrawal basis.  

Key Stage 3

Students follow the National Curriculum core subjects, which are: English; mathematics; science; computing and information and communication technology (ICT); art and design; design and technology; food technology; textiles; modern foreign languages (French or Spanish); geography; history; citizenship and physical education (PE).  Students also study personal, social and health education (PSHE), drama, music and religious studies.

Key Stage 4

All students follow a balanced curriculum comprising a National Curriculum core together with additional subjects. The curriculum at Key Stage 4 will be tailored in places, to support of individuals' strengths, abilities and interests. All students follow courses in English Literature, mathematics, PE, RS, citizenship and PSHE, science (comprising biology, chemistry and physics) and art, craft and design. All courses lead to full GCSE certification or equivalent. In addition, GCSE or equivalent courses in the following subjects are currently part of the curriculum in Years 9,10 and 11: further mathematics; French; Spanish; history; geography; music; drama; health & social care; textiles; photography; graphic products; 3D design; computing; catering and  media studies.  We also offer additional support lessons and some students follow vocational courses part-time at college.

Key Stage 5

The school has an active and vibrant Sixth Form offering a wide range of courses to students between the ages of 16 and 19.

The majority of students work towards level 3 (Advanced level) qualifications which will allow them to progress to university. These are A level, CTEC or BTEC certificates and diplomas.  In addition, level 3 students study citizenship, PSHE and PE as part of their enrichment curriculum and study for the extended project qualification (EPQ) as an additional AS qualification.

Students who need further time to progress to level 3 study can follow level 2 BTECs (equivalent to GCSE A*-C/9-4 grades). These courses are of one year duration and subjects offered may vary annually. These students are also able to retake GCSEs in English and mathematics as well as studying a core enrichment programme of citizenship, PSHE and PE.

In the Sixth Form, the careers programme includes units on applying to university and college.  The citizenship and PSHE programme focuses upon issues such as political systems and media influence.  Students attend regular review and target setting meetings with their tutors to enable them to achieve their best possible outcomes. Students volunteer to take positions of responsibility, for example, as house leaders or members of the school council.

We also have an extensive Work Related Learning programme which supports and guides students in preparation for the world of work.  All level 3 students have the opportunity to undertake work experience at the end of Year 12.  

Our community service programme offers students the opportunity to assist in lessons, supporting other students in Years 7 to 11, as well as taking other charity or community leadership opportunities.