Secondary Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

 

Our curriculum aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to enter an ever-changing adult world with confidence.  We aim to foster a life-long love of learning that, together with the development of personal and moral values, enables our students to progress to the next stage of their chosen learning or career pathway.

The outcomes expected of our curriculum are that it:

  • delivers the current and future statutory requirements, including appropriate careers advice and guidance
  • is broad, balanced and relevant
  • meets the needs of the full range of abilities within the school
  • enables progression within the school and between phases of education
  • supports students’ development of a love of learning
  • helps students acquire understanding and knowledge of key skills relevant to school, adult life and employment
  • helps students develop personal moral values, respect for religious values and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life
  • supports raising standards of achievement for all students

 

The key principles of our curriculum are breadth, balance and equality of access. Throughout Key Stages 3 and 4, we provide a wide range of subjects and experiences that allows students the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in a broad range of areas of learning.

At Key Stage 4 students are encouraged to maintain breadth and balance in their subject choices. Students can study three sciences to GCSE level and students also have the opportunity to study Spanish alongside humanity subject(s) and / or an arts subject. We also offer a range of vocational subjects that dovetail with the GCSE options with the aim of creating a curriculum that is flexible enough to meet individual needs within a coherent framework.

 

At Key stage 3 we offer:

Subject

fortnightly allocation (Hours)

English

7

Maths

7

Science

6

History

4

Geography

4

Ethics & RE

2

Spanish

4

Art & D&T

4

Performing Arts (drama & Music)

2

Physical Education

4

Personal Development

Thinking Skills

2

2

ICT & Computing

1

 At key stage 4 we offer:

Subject

Fortnightly allocation (Hours)

 

 

English

8

Maths

7

Science

7

History or Geography

5

Geography

5

Core PE

4

Option subjects include:

5

Triple Science

 

Music GCSE

 

ICT & Computing

 

Computer Science

 

Interactive Media

 

Performing Arts

 

Art and Design

 

Physical Education/Sports Science

 

Business Studies

 

Travel and Tourism

 

RE

 

Employability

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Schools must provide religious education (RE) and sex education from key stage 3 but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.

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