Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Aims
• provide equal opportunities for all students regardless of gender, aptitude or cultural, ethnic or religious background;
• offer a broad and balanced entitlement to all students;
• prepare students for further study, the world of work and to become active citizens;
• develop positive personal and social values;
• provide a variety of activities which bring about effective learning, provide appropriate challenges for all students and lead to achievement for all students;
• provide continuity and progression from the point of transfer to the time of leaving school.

Curriculum Structure
• The curriculum is planned in a coherent manner ensuring it meets legal requirements, including those of the National Curriculum, and embraces cross-curricular themes through careers information advice and guidance (CIAG), REAL days pathway (Religious, Ethical and Life-long learning programme), via our established and industry recognised Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) curricular and extra-curricular activities, and also cross-curricular skills, in particular those of literacy, numeracy and ICT.
• The development of students’ personal and social skills and their spiritual and cultural development are addressed specifically through the REAL days pathway and school assemblies, as well as permeating the whole curriculum.
• The importance of developing computer skills and programming, literacy and numeracy is recognised by the allocation of discrete lessons at KS3 for students with prior attainment in English and Mathematics below national expectations and a continuing emphasis on the further development of these skills across the whole curriculum.
• The range of subjects on offer in the school at Key Stage 3 and 4, and the qualifications they currently lead to, is shown in the table below. Further information on each subject can be found in the Faculties section of the website.

Key Stage 3 Subjects
Years 7-8
  Key Stage 4 Subjects
Years 9-11
Qualification
English   English Language GCSE
Mathematics   English Literature GCSE
Science   Mathematics GCSE
Modern Foreign Language   Biology GCSE
Physical Education   Chemistry GCSE
History   Physics GCSE
Geography   Science GCSE
Religious Education   French GCSE
Computing   Spanish GCSE
Graphics   Physical Education/Sport GCSE/ BTEC
Textiles   History GCSE
Food Technology   Geography GCSE
Dance   Religious Education GCSE
Art   Computing GCSE
Drama   Graphics GCSE
Music   Textiles GCSE
Accelerated Reader   Food Technology/Hospitality GCSE/BTEC
    Dance GCSE/BTEC
    Art GCSE
    Drama GCSE/BTEC
    Music GCSE/BTEC
    Business Studies BTEC
    Production BTEC
    Media Studies GCSE
    Travel & Tourism BTEC
    Child Care & Development BTEC
    European Computer Driving Licence Level 2


Please view our Curriculum Policy for further explaination.

Curriculum Policy - view/download