Curriculum Aims

CURRICULUM AIMS

To create:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in their learning so that we can deliver our mission and aims.

Strategic Intent

To develop a curriculum which:

  • Creates an aspirational high achievement culture.
  • Takes into account individual needs and styles.
  • Allows everyone to experience success.
  • Raises standards of attainment. 

Curriculum Principles

  • Clear progress over 7 years accelerating student progress.
  • There should be depth before breadth.  Maximise learning time in all subjects.
  • Additional time is given to English and Mathematics to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
  • Targeted support and additional challenge to ensure all students make at least national rates of progress.
  • Ensure all students’ progress is in line with national expectations.
  • Deep Learning Weeks to address SMSC and aspirations.
  • To support induction into secondary school for all Year 7 students
  • Additional time will be offered for sports, arts, catch-up and master classes through an extended schools programme.

The Curriculum

We have a very broad KS3 Curriculum covering 12 subjects meeting all the national curriculum requirements. This is taught in 30 hours of contact time each week.

Year 7

The curriculum includes:

  • English – including English mastery
  • Mathematics – including maths mastery
  • Science
  • Two Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), French and Spanish
  • Humanities – History, Geography and Religious Education
  • Performing Arts – Drama and Music
  • Creative Arts – Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Physical Education (two hours per week)
  • Preparation for Adult Life – Covers PSCHE and Study Skills

For students who are below their reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal to enable them to catch up rapidly.

Deep Learning Days, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, take place during the year.  These days allow students to learn in different ways in different groupings:  some sessions are provided by external providers, some sessions take place off-site.  These days cover subjects such as Staying Safe, British Values, Study Skills, Pathways and Work-ready Skills.

An additional after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, music (including orchestra and choir), drama (including LAMDA), community languages (German, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish), Coding Club and Scientist Higher Attainers. There is daily support for homework in the library.

Year 8-11

In Year 8 students begin to specialize to provide them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subjects they will choose to study to GCSE level.  They will mainly embark on the examined course at the start of Year 9.  This curriculum is taught in 30 lessons each week, each lesson lasting 55 minutes.

All students must study the following:

  • English – Literature and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science – Core and Additional Science or Triple Science - Biology, Physics and Chemistry
  • Humanities – Religious Education and History or Geography
  • Physical Education (two hours per week) – No external examination
  • Preparation for Adult Life – Covers PSCHE and Study Skills – No external examination

Optional Subjects (at least two of the following):

  • Additional English
  • French or Spanish (Approx 50% of students will take one of these in curriculum time.  Community languages and an additional second language (2017) can be studied after school)
  • Performing Arts – Drama and Music (examined and non-examined course in these subjects can be studied as enrichment)
  • Creative Arts – Art, and Digital Cultures which will lead to a GCSE in Photography or Graphics
  • Computing or IT
  • Business Studies
  • Physical Education, as an examined GCSE

A Range of Pathways to GCSE

We offer a range of pathways to GCSE to meet the specific learning needs of our students with the aim of making them all highly employable:

Pathway 1 – Students take triple science, MFL and humanities (approx 30% of any year group)

Pathway 2 – Students take double science, MFL and humanities (approx 20% of any year group)

Note: Both these two pathways allow students to achieve the EBacc standard.  In 2016, 26% of Year 11 achieved EBacc success, passing all the EBacc subjects with at least a C grade. (National Average:  24%).

Pathway 3 – Students take double science and humanities (Approx 40% of any year group)

Pathway 4 – Students take double science, additional English, but not humanities  (approx 10% of a year group)

Note: The fourth pathway supports our students who may need additional time to secure their progress in English and thus enable them to become highly employable and progress to a Level 3 course

Additional GCSEs or Equivalents

Outside regular curriculum time students have opportunities to obtain accreditation for additional subjects in music, LAMDA and community languages. The languages programme is due to be extended in September 2017 enabling those students who wish to study two languages to have that opportunity.

Enrichment

An additional after school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, music (including orchestra and choir), Drama (including LAMDA), community languages (German, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish), Coding Club and Scientist Higher Attainers. There is daily support for homework in the library. Extra Study Support is also in place especially for Year 10 and Year 11 depending on the individuals learning needs. Attendance at these session is well over 85% of the Year Group.

Year 8-11 Deep Learning Days

Deep Learning Days, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, take place during the year.  These days allow students to learn in different ways in different groupings:  some sessions are provided by external providers, some sessions take place off-site.  These days cover subjects such as Staying Safe, British Values, Study Skills, Pathways and Work-ready Skills.

Year 12-13

We have a small school 6th Form which aims to enable our young people to enter the next stage of their learning journey, be it at university or an advanced level apprenticeship.

Course Offer

Students can select from an ‘A’ level or BTEC Pathway, a decision for which they receive extensive guidance from the dedicated Heads of Year 12 and 13. 

‘A’ levels offered (some in conjunction with Globe Academy):

  • Art
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Sociology (Globe)

There is 5 hours contact time per ‘A’ level subject per week. Students receive weekly feedback from their teachers and are expected to regularly complete examination questions. Outside the taught lessons, students follow the 5:3:2 model: 5 hours of contact time, 3 hours of independent learning in school and 2 hours of homework for each ‘A’ level studied.

BTEC subjects offered:

  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Applied Science

These subjects fully prepare our students for careers or university courses in these fields. Students taking these course will sometimes study a broadening subject at AS level in Year 12.   There is 15 hours of contact time per subject per week. Students are expected to complete work to a strict deadline following the BTEC specification. Outside of the taught lessons students follow the 5:3:2 model of 3 hours independent learning in school and 2 hours of homework for every 5 hours of contact time.

Weekly Tutorial and 1 to 1 Programme

Students have a one-hour group tutorial per week covering PSCHE topics and preparation for the next stages in their learning journey. They have a 1-to-1 every other week to review their targets set by their class teachers in their academic work.

Enrichment Activities

Enrichment is a compulsory element of our sixth form programme and takes 2 hours each week. Students choose from a wide range of activities. These include not only sport, music and drama, but also activities aimed at developing team-working and leadership skills.

Work experience is also central to this programme.  All students undertake a range of bespoke work experience opportunities to prepare them for their post-18 choices.

Additional specialist support is also provided.  The UCAS programme provides the opportunity to visit universities and meet university admissions tutors from a range of institutions. Frequent visits from speakers across a range of professions and backgrounds are also part of this programme. The Access Project provides targeted students with one-to-one tutoring in their AS and A level subjects, workshops aimed at developing interpersonal skills and extensive support with the university application process and additional trips to universities.

Deep Learning Days

Deep Learning Days, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, take place during the year.  These days allow students to learn in different ways in different groupings:  some sessions are provided by external providers, some sessions take place off-site.  These days cover subjects such as Staying Safe, British Values, Study Skills, Pathways and Work-ready Skills.

For further information on the subjects in our Curriculum, please click here

If you require more information on the curriculum, please contact the Vice-Principal Katy Episcopo

 

Last updated September 2017