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Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

In Key Stage 3, students are taught in ability groups for most subjects. Students receive extra support if they have particular weaknesses in literacy and numeracy. The curriculum consists of subjects over a 50 lesson 2 week timetable and each lesson lasts for one hour.

In Years 7 and 8 all students have 2 reading lessons per fortnight (ERIC: Everyone Reads in Class)

Also n Year 7, students follow a bespoke curriculum called ‘Enquire’. This involves an enquiry based learning approach with a literacy and numeracy focus.

In Year 8, students also follow a bespoke enrichment curriculum, called ‘Enrich’. Students opt into 3 pathways across the year from the following areas: Art, Computer Science, Music, Performing Arts, PE and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Students continue with the curriculum below until they make their Key Stage 4 Option choices in April of Year 8.

Key Stage 3 curriculum (Number of 1 hour lessons per fortnight in each column)

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All students spend 20 minutes registration time each day and 30 minutes Tutor period time with their tutor each week. A comprehensive programme of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship is delivered during this time, in addition to whole school literacy and numeracy activities and whole school assemblies. These address and cover Fundamental British Values and help students to prepare for life in modern Britain.

A wide range of ‘extra-curricular’ sporting activities are also available to students during lunchtimes. Morning break lasts for 20 minutes and lunchtime lasts for 40 minutes.
In the last 2 weeks of July, Year 6 students make their transition from their Primary School to the High School. During this time they take part in sample Key Stage 3 lessons and are able to settle into life at the High School before the summer break. This makes for a confident start for the September of Year 7.

All Year 6 parents receive a Transition pack in July. A copy of this pack is available from the school’s website.

Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11

Since becoming a secondary school in September 2015, all students now make their Key Stage 4 option choices in April of Year 8. The school has therefore moved to a 3 year Key Stage 4, with Year 9 becoming an important foundation year for the study of reformed and more demanding new GCSEs and BTEC subjects.

Students continue to be taught in ability sets or mixed ability groups according to subject. Students study either nine or ten subjects to GCSE level or BTEC. There is an element of choice, but this is guided to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum for all students. The options process is named “Pathways to Success” as we ensure that all students receive independent information, advice and guidance in order to continue on a course of study at Key Stage 4 on which they will be successful and achieve qualifications.

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is as follows (Number of 1 hour lessons per fortnight indicated in each column)

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English Baccalaureate subjects

In addition to the core subjects, students also study an extended academic core through the options process. Students guided onto Pathway 1 choose TWO subjects from the list below. Students guided onto Pathway 2 choose ONE subject from the list below:

• GCSE Computer Science
• GCSE French
• GCSE Spanish
• GCSE Geography
• GCSE History

Free Option choices

To complete their academic curriculum, students make either two/three additional option choices from the following range of subjects, depending on their Pathway:

The Key Stage 4 Options brochure 2017 is available to view below. This file can be downloaded by clicking the “Open” link in the bottom right-hand corner of the viewer.

A small number of students follow an alternative curriculum which better suits their individual academic needs. This curriculum still has a core of academic subjects, including GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Maths, GCSE Science and students may then opt for additional Level 1 and 2 qualifications.

Full details about this pathway are available in the Pathway 3 Options Brochure 2017 which can be viewed here:

All students at Key Stage 4 continue to have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.

Religious Studies is offered as a GCSE option subject (GCSE Philosophy & Ethics) and all students receive statutory Religious Studies education via a guided programme of assemblies. The school continues to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. This programme runs alongside the school’s promotion of ‘Outstanding Learning Behaviours’ and PSHE (personal, social, health emotional) education as part of the Key Stage 4 tutorial programme.

All students spend 20 minutes registration time each day and 30 minutes Tutor period time with their tutor each week. A comprehensive programme of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Citizenship is delivered during this time, in addition to whole school literacy and numeracy activities and whole school assemblies.

A wide range of ‘extra-curricular’ sporting activities are also available to students during lunchtimes. Morning break lasts for 20 minutes and lunchtime lasts for 40 minutes.