THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

All students receive a high quality education through a rigorous, relevant, inclusive and coherent curriculum with qualifications that meet government criteria and the type and range of courses are appropriate for the individual student.  The curriculum is delivered through a two-week timetable designed to meet the diverse needs of learners.  In line with the National Curriculum, we have numbered our Years 7 – 11. 

Year 7

The following subjects are studied:-

English (including an Accelerated Reading Course)

Mathematics

Science

French, German & Spanish (as introductory courses)

Geography

History

Religious Education

Physical Education

Information Communication Technology 

These subjects are taught within a carousel:- 

Art

Catering

Computer Science

Drama

Music

Resistant Materials

Textiles

All subjects are taught in mixed ability groups with the exception of Mathematics.

Year 8

The same subjects are taught in Year 8 as in Year 7.  Year 8 students study one language from the three studied in Year 7 and can opt for a second language in Year 9.  Maths is taught in sets.  From Year 8 Science is taught in Modules, covering Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

During the Spring Term Year 8 consultations take place between parents, students and staff about Key Stage 4 option choices to arrive at a curriculum for the final three years.  This takes into account ability, careers interests and the need to follow a broad and balanced range of courses. 

Years 9, 10 & 11

The courses studied by all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are English, Mathematics, Science (Core, Additional, Triple and Entry Level), Religious Education (Years 9 and 10 only) along with one foreign language (including NVQ as an alternative to GCSE).  Physical Education and Games is also compulsory at Key Stage 4 but is not examined.  Within the options structure students elect to study either History or Geography to complete their core curriculum.

In addition, students may choose from the following:- 

Art (GCSE)                                                                           Agriculture (BTEC)

Business Studies (GCSE)                                                      Computer Science (GCSE)

Catering (GCSE equivalent)                                                  IT (ECDL)

Child Development (GCSE)                                                  Motor Vehicle (ABC)

Drama (GCSE)                                                                     Music (GCSE)

Engineering (GCSE + BTEC)                                                 Physical Education (GCSE & BTEC)

Geography (GCSE)                                                               Religious Studies (GCSE)

History (GCSE)                                                                     Resistant Materials (GCSE)              

Triple Science (additional time – GCSE)                                2nd Language (GCSE)                     

PSHCE (Personal Relationships, Social Pressures, Healthy Choices, Citizenship, Education for Economic Wellbeing) takes place on a rolling programme of five one-hour lessons each term for each Year Group. 

Personal Relationships will cover topics including puberty, sexual relationships, contraception, parenting and bringing up children, bereavement and loss.

Social Pressures will cover topics including peer pressure, drugs, alcohol and tobacco use and misuse and lifestyle choices.

Healthy Choices will cover topics including healthy body image, emotional and mental health issues, emergency first aid, minimising risk to health (including road safety) and personal identity.

Citizenship considers how an individual fits in society on a local, national and international level.  Topics covered include Democracy and Justice, Rights and Responsibilities (especially of children) and also British Values.

Education for Economic Wellbeing helps students to manage their future finances and careers effectively.  Students are supported in making effective transitions to college and positive career choices.  They are encouraged to be enterprising, to gain an understanding of the commercial environment and its contribution to national prosperity.

Also included are three collapsed timetable days for careers education to Year 9, 10 & 11 students.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

All students up to and including Year 10 follow courses in Religious Studies.  The content of these courses reflect the fact that religious traditions in Britain are in the main Christian but also take into account the teachings and practices of other principal religions in the country.  In addition to developing an understanding of religious belief and practice, Religious Studies promotes an understanding of the beliefs which shape moral behaviour and spiritual development.  Consideration is given to non-religious and religious views on contemporary issues.  Parents may exercise the right of withdrawal from lessons on religious grounds, but we are delighted that the majority of students and parents value the lessons whatever their belief background may be.

COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

All students attend two Assemblies each week, 1 whole school and 1 year group.  During the whole school assembly, we attempt to give a broad definition of the meaning of "religious worship" and seek to make a number of these Assemblies "mainly of a Christian nature" as required by the 1988 Act.  All parents have the right to withdraw their child from Acts of Worship in accordance with the regulation of the 1988 Education Act.  Parents wishing to do so should contact the Headteacher.