We strongly believe in students being able to access a wide and rich curriculum and aim to offer this while ensuring that all students have meet the appropriate government set qualifications. Our curriculum model allows students to select options which suit their learning needs.
Students choose their options during the spring term of Year 8. An Option information evening for each year launches the process and allows you to understand what subjects are available. Staff will be happy to offer advice and guidance during this time.
All Key Stage 4 students study an examined core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and Health. All students sit GCSE English Literature in Year 10. We have found that concentrating on one examined GCSE at the end of Year 10 helps to focus our learners, develop their maturity and heighten their awareness of the extent of independent learning required to aid the retention and retrieval of key knowledge and skills necessary for success. Success at the end of the year breeds confidence and belief for many – students have a model to replicate and understand the reality of the learning pit and the notion of small guided steps to success. For others, there is an early realisation if they haven’t worked hard enough of changes that are required in Year 11.
The Science curriculum is structured in such a way that allows learners who are capable enough to study triple in Year 11 whilst allowing students who require further consolidation to concentrate on core. This approach enables students three option choices to ensure a broad and balanced subject choice.
Compulsory Health studies is a key part of our #LiveLoveLearn Key Stage 4 curriculum. This incorporates practical PE for all, which is crucial as a medium for keeping students physically healthy and active but also a great medium for helping to relieve stress. Sports Science is also an examined part of the course because we feel the modules are essential life skills that are imperative for all students.