Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is at the heart of our provision and is informed by these guiding principles:

 

  • Inspiration and creativity: we develop our schemes of learning so that they are as interesting and as motivational for students as possible
  • Stretch and challenge:  there are different pathways that offer additional challenge or support, as appropriate, to different groups of pupils
  • Choice: we believe that students thrive when they have a combination of courses that they find challenging and interesting
  • Progression: the curriculum is designed so it “secures good progression” to sixth form and from the sixth form to employment or university.

 

From Years 7 - 11, the curriculum studied by students is academic, broad and balanced, with students specialising to some extent in Year 9 and further when they join the Sixth Form in Year 12.  As a large school, we are able to offer a significant range of courses and are wholly committed to supporting all subject areas. From September 2017, students will make their Options choices in Year 8.  [Read more

In addition to considerable strengths in the core subjects of English, maths and Science, we have flourishing Arts and Technology departments, strong Physical Education and excellent Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences provision.  The College has a particular identity as being at the forefront of Computing education and digital literacy is a key part of our curriculum. We promote the E-Bacc route at GCSE, meaning that the majority of students will include either History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language in their GCSE option choices. [Read about our Sixth Form curriculum]
 

Explore our Departments:

Art and Photography, Computing, Design TechnologyDrama, English, Geography, History, Maths, Media & Film, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, PE & Dance, Politics & Philosophy, Psychology & Sociology, Religious Studies & Life Learning, Science

 

Our Wider Curriculum:

A further element of the curriculum for Years 7-13 is the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education which is delivered through discrete lessons and a wide-ranging assembly and tutor time programme. This is carefully  tailored to particular year groups and supporting students with their personal development and welfare, including careers education, advice, information and guidance.  Our curriculum is further developed by Deep Learning Days, where the usual timetable is suspended and students of all year groups benefit from an enriching  programme of activities and events. 

Across all subjects, cross-curricular themes and skills are explicitly mapped and taught: literacy, numeracy, Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education and the fundamental British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. 

 

Keystage 3 and 4 Lesson breakdown:

 Number of lessons per week in each subject in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4:

  Years 7 and 8

 

  Year 9

 

  Years 10 and 11

 

  English

3

  English

4

  English

4

  Maths

3

  Maths

3

  Maths

4

  Science

3

  Science

4

  Science

5

 French or Spanish

2

  Option 1

2.5

  Option 1

2.5

  History

2

  Option 2

2.5

  Option 2

2.5

  Geography

2

  Option 3

2.5

  Option 3

2.5

  Design Technology

2

  Option 4

2.5

  Option 4

2.5

  PE

2

  Digital Literacy

1

 Life Learning

1

  Computing

1

  Core PE

2

  Core PE

1

  Life Learning

1   Life Learning 1    

  Religious Studies

1

   

 

Personal Development time, which includes tutor activities and
assemblies, takes place over four x 25 minute afternoon
sessions each week.

 

 

 

  Art

1

  Drama / Dance

1

  Music

1

 

The majority of students study nine GCSEs and options subject choices from Year 9 are currently:
Dance, History, Geography, French, Spanish, Computing, Art, Drama, Photography, Psychology, PE, Product Design, Engineering, Food Technology, Child Development, Business, Music, Economics.

< id="docs-internal-guid-9b16ae84-a110-b3a8-80cf-dd2a541c6551">Triple Science and Further Mathematics are taught to students identified by the Maths and Science department and are not included in a student’s four option choices.  These students take up to eleven GCSEs.