“The curriculum is well planned to meet pupils’ needs and prepares them well for the next stage of their education. This also very effectively supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, which is outstanding.” Ofsted 2013
In Year 7 students make the transition into the secondary phase with our bespoke Foundation programme. This Year 7 transitional programme involves the delivery of English, Maths, RSA Opening Minds Competencies and Humanities through an integrated curriculum, which is taught in topics. Students spend nine lessons per week of Core with one teacher with a focus on literacy and numeracy. Planning is designed to be flexible to incorporate the particular needs of our learners. It also includes real life problems to solve, comprehensive provision for learners of all abilities and the opportunities to participate in Citizenship with Enterprise. Planning is informed by assessment as well as an end of year questionnaire which Year 7 learners complete to inform us of their likes/dislikes. Furthermore, our new curriculum has been reviewed by Year 7 learners as well as our LSI’s (Learning Scene Investigators).
The RSA Opening Minds Competencies are the primary focus of the curriculum and are embedded into all areas of our learning to ensure that essential skills and attributes are valued – in addition to academic achievement.
These continue as a theme through Year 8 as learners specialise in specific subject areas. In the spring term Year 8 learners choose their options in readiness for KS4 which begins in Year 9.
KS4 Progression Pathways (Years 9-11) – In addition to the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, Spanish, RE, PSHE, PE and either History or Geography, students choose a further two subjects from a wide range of GCSEs and BTEC Technical Awards; GCSE Computing, GCSE Triple Science, GCSE Art, GCSE Textiles, GCSE Food, BTEC Materials, BTEC Music, BTEC Performing Arts—Dance, BTEC Performing Arts—Acting, BTEC ICT, BTEC Business, BTEC Sport, BTEC Health & Social Care. For further details of all our Level 2 courses you can visit our website. Some learners access a Foundation Learning programme from Year 9 if it is appropriate for them. They focus and develop key skills in key subject areas and are not required to learn an extra language. Click here for more information on Pathways for 2017.