We have seen a significant improvement in exam results during recent years and are incredibly proud of what are students have achieved. This has been achieved despite changes to exam specifications and qualifications which have made them significantly harder.
Our curriculum model is designed to give students as wide an experience as possible while meeting all government requirements and to prepare them for exams. In Years 7 and 8, students study all subjects and build the skills in knowledge they need in them to be ready to begin GCSE study. Students choose their GCSE options in Year 8 and begin studying them in Year 9.
Students will take some exams at the end of Year 10 to reduce the pressure of taking all exams at the end of Year 11. At the end of Year 10, students will personalise their pathway for Year 11 when they gain an additional GCSE option. Some choose to take separate Sciences while others use this to follow a subject like Psychology or Sociology to bridge the transition to Post 16 study.
Government regulations demand that all students achieve a certain grade in Maths and English and they must continue to study them until they achieve this or until their 19th birthday. For this reason, any student who may not achieve these grades will study additional English and Maths to try and give them the best chance of meeting the required grade.
Throughout their school life, students are prepared for their exams. The route to exam success is a marathon and not a sprint. We begin giving students the skills they need from joining in Year 7 both in terms of academic knowledge, skills and resilience.