OUR CURRICULUM PROVIDES A STRONG FRAMEWORK THROUGH WHICH EVERY STUDENT CAN CONTINUE TO GROW IN THIER PASSION AND EXCITEMENT FOR LEARNING.
It is a curriculum for all and we pride ourselves in ensuring that each student will follow a pathway that will challenge and secure progress. Our innovative approach to curriculum design is rooted in believing that every student can achieve excellence
KEY STAGE 3 (YEARS 7 AND 8)
We recognise that each student at the beginning of year 7 will come with a broad range of experiences, achievements and attainment from their primary schooling. Our key stage 3 curriculum is carefully designed to fullly induct and integrate students into the secondary phase. There are two strands; a core curriculum and a project curriculum. For the core subjects students will follow one of three strands; Omega, Gamma or Alpha and are set for each subject. Students will be taught the project curriculum in mixed attainment teaching groups.
Students in the Omega pathway will thrive on the challenge and stretch that will build on the expectation that they have exceeded the required key stage 2 standard. Along with the core subjects of English, mathematics, science, RE, French and Spanish, students will have lessons in the social sciences, such as philosophy, psychology and sociology. The Gamma pathway is aimed at those students who have met the expected key stage 2 standard. Students on the Gamma pathway will study English, mathematics, science, RE, French or Spanish and social sciences. Students who have not yet met the key stage 2 standard will start on the Alpha pathway. This will provide each student with the bespoke intervention that is needed for them to make the progress. Students will study English, mathematics, science, RE, French or Spanish. The pathways are flexible and we will operate the necessary number of classes needed in each pathway.
Our project curriculum is built on our belief and knowledge that our students thrive in their learning when their imaginations are ignited. We are determined that this passion, awe and wonder is never lost. Our approach is to teach half termly projects in years 7 and 8 that will fully deliver the National Curriculum content of geography, history, music, computing, design technology, art and drama in a focussed cross curriculum approach.
KEY STAGE 4 (YEARS 9, 10 AND 11)
Students embark on Key Stage 4 at the start of year 9 and follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, discrete sciences, mathematics, French or Spanish, RE, PE and citizenship. In addition to the "core", students have the opportunity to chose up to three "option" subjects. Year 9 students will have time to immerse themselves in the learning of their chosen subjects, ensuring that they have the breadth and depth of knowledge in order to go on and study for the GCSE examinations. At the end of year 11 students will be entered for the new GCSE examinations in at least eight subjects.
KEY STAGE 5
By 2020 we will be providing an all-through education from early years through to the age of 19 with opportunities for students to join us at each key stage. Our sixth form will welcome students from September 2019 and we will offer a fully academic curriculum with an extensive extra-curricular and social programme.