Our mission statement is "Work hard. Enjoy Learning. Achieve Highly."
The curriculum we offer is designed to allow students to become resilient and independent learners, this is achieved by delivering a balanced and varied curriculum for all year groups and allowing students, as they progress through their education, to personalise and select the appropriate qualifications for them to achieve highly in their chosen area of study.
This was recognised in our most recent Ofsted report from April 2015 “The curriculum has been skilfully developed to enable students to achieve the qualifications they need for further education, employment or training.”
We continue to develop and adapt our curriculum to ensure it is still offering the best opportunities to our students each year.
Our curriculum is made up of 50 one-hour lessons spread over two weeks, as well as 20 minutes each day of Reflection Time where students reflect on the school values, their own progress and study Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). This aspect of the curriculum is flexible to allow us to respond to relevant issues which change term by term, but follows the following thematic approach:
|Theme||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
|Relationships and Sex||Transition, settling in||Puberty||Contraception (covered on ALD)||Consent||Influence of drugs and alcohol|
|Healthy Body, Healthy Mind||Personal hygiene||Mental health, diet||Exercise, body image, diversity and difference||Stress relief, self harm||Exam stress, stress relief|
|Managing Risk||Road safety||Peer group pressure||Smoking||Drugs||Alcohol|
|Esafety||School IT safety||Social media, sexting||Social media and sexting||Grooming||Phubbing and the like|
|Our Future||Our school community||Options, personal finance||The world of work, personal finance||Work experience, bank accounts, saving and pensions||CVs, colleges, employment, buying your first car/house|
|Looking Outwards||British values||British values||British values||British values||British values|
Further PSHCE topics are covered during our annual Advanced Learning Day (ALD).
Our curriculum delivers a broad range of subjects to all students in Key Stage 3 (KS3) during Years 7 and 8. In Year 8 students select their options for Key Stage 4 (KS4) and study at least 9 GCSE (or equivalent) subjects.
Curriculum KS3: Years 7 and 8 (Two week timetable)
|Subject||Year 7 - 1 hour lessons||Year 8 - 1 hour lessons|
|Modern Foreign Languages||6||6|
|Ethics and Philosophy||2||2|
|Reflection Time||200 minutes||200 minutes|
Curriculum KS4: Years 9, 10 and 11 (Two week timetable)
|Subject||Year 9 - 1 hour lessons||Year 10 - 1 hour lessons||Year 11 - 1 hour lessons|
|Physical Education (Core)||3||3||3|
|Ethics and Philosophy||Choice||Choice||3|
|History or Geography (Choice)||6||6||5|
|Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)||6||6||choice|
3 x 6 periods
|3 x 6 periods||3 x 5 periods, or 3 subjects if no MFL|
|Reflection Time||200 minutes||200 minutes||200 minutes|
Core curriculum subjects for KS4 and exam boards
|Science (Single subjects)||AQA|
|Ethics and Philosophy||Eduqas|
|Modern Foreign Languages||AQA|
Current option subjects for KS4 and exam boards
|Art and Design||AQA|
|Food Preparation and Nutrition||AQA|
|Hair and Beauty Therapy||VTCT|
|Health and Fitness||NCFE|
It is the school’s policy to enter all students for public examinations in the courses they have been following. In exceptional circumstances, such as a prolonged absence due to medical reasons, the school may withdraw a student’s entry for one or more examinations, following discussion with the student and parent.