We want our students to achieve the highest possible standards and to do this we create an atmosphere of encouragement with the emphasis on developing habits of hard work, organisation and responsibility. The school curriculum and its organisation is kept under constant review to enable students to achieve their best.
The National Curriculum
There are 25 one-hour lessons each week for all students in Years 7 – 11. To ensure that every student can work at a level and pace appropriate to their ability and needs, some subjects are taught in groups arranged according to students’ ability in that subject (see setting/grouping arrangements).
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
- ▪ All students study English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education (PE), Art, Music, Drama, Religious Education (RE), Computing and Careers, Citizenship and Work Related Learning (CCW). The coordinated Design and Technology includes electronics, product design, food technology and textiles
- ▪ Most students study one Modern Foreign language chosen from French, German or Spanish
- ▪ A small number of students undertake additional literacy and numeracy lessons instead of a Modern Foreign Language
- ▪ Latin is offered to those students with the necessary ability
Year 9 options
During Year 9, all students and parents have access to a programme of guidance and support to ensure they make the correct choices of programmes of study and subject at KS4.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Students are required to select from one of six Learning Programmes. Each is designed to meet the needs of, and provide progression for, an identified group of students.
- ▪ All students study English Language, Maths, RE, Computing, CCW and PE as part of the core curriculum. The majority of students also study English Literature and a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish)
- ▪ Students must choose
- • A Science course – either Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) which leads to three separate GCSEs or a modular Science course which leads to two GCSEs
- • A Humanities subject – History or Geography
- • Optional choices include Art and Design, ASDAN, Business Studies, Child Development (Cambridge National), Computing, Creative Digital Media Production, Product Design, Economics, Enterprise and Marketing (Vocational), Engineering and Design(Vocational), Drama, Food Technology, Health and Social Care (Vocational), ICT (Vocational), Latin, Media Studies, Music, PE, Philosophy and Ethics, RE, Additional English, Additional Maths, ASDAN (Vocational), Sociology, Sport (Vocational), Textiles and Travel and Tourism (Vocational).
- ▪ All subjects are studied to GCSE or equivalent except ASDAN. In addition, reduced GCSE programmes are on offer for those students who would benefit from this provision.
By using the options system students can take both History and Geography. Students engage in a broad and balanced curriculum, which will provide a range of choices at the end of Year 11.
Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)
Our aim is to promote breadth and balance in the Sixth Form programme of study and each student’s programme is individually negotiated. The school offers 27 A Level courses and Vocational Courses in Applied Science, ICT, Business and Creative Digital Media. To ensure continuing quality and success existing courses are reviewed annually and new syllabuses introduced as appropriate. Students all have a daily tutor time and a weekly assembly for an hour. All students are encouraged to attend university summer and specialist courses. There are a wide range of extra curricular activities such as sports clubs, a drama workshop and societies in Astronomy, Debating, Economics, and Medicine. Students must select a minimum of one weekly enrichment. The CREST Award and the Extended Project Qualification are also very popular qualifications which students can choose in addition to their subject and enrichment choices. Students also take part in the Community Service Programme which involves mentoring younger students, peer reading, supporting in lessons and interventions or going off site to support in the local community.
Courses include: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, Drama, Economics, English Language and Literature, English Literature, Film Studies, French, Geography, Government and Politics, History, Latin, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy and Ethics, Physical Education, Physics, Photography, Psychology, Sociology and Spanish.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Level 3
The EPQ is available to all students and carries the same UCAS points as an AS Level. It encourages students to independently pursue an area of study outside of the regular curriculum. Students who opt into this qualification are very successful and find it extremely useful as preparation for university studies.
Level 3 Vocational Courses
We offer Applied Business, Applied Science, Applied ICT and Creative Media.
Retake GCSE is available in Maths for Sixth Form.