Curriculum

Justin Stanley

Our curriculum is well planned, wide ranging and enriching. Its balance and focus on individual development, helps us to stimulate an enquiring mind, establishing key skills and a wealth of experience in our pupils that will be of great benefit to them the future.


> Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 & 9

The curriculum in the first three years is designed to take into account the inevitable process of adjustment. Pupils will need to get used to our educational methods, which may be more formal than many of them have encountered previously, and accustom themselves to the ethos of the school in general. Some pupils will meet homework for the first time; others may be used to an hour or more a night.

The long-term academic objective of the curriculum in these first three years is to ensure that all pupils who join us are thoroughly prepared to begin their programme of study in Years 10 and 11, and subsequently success at GCSE and beyond. Whilst keeping abreast of necessary change at this time of continuing national educational debate, we are striving to provide a learning environment which is stable, happy and secure.

> Key Stage 4: Years 10 & 11 (GCSE)

Pupils in their GCSE years will study 9 or 10 subjects plus one short-course GCSE. These will include the following core subjects:

English: both Language and Literature.
Mathematics: Top set typically take GCSE a year early and follow the AQA Level 2 in Further Mathematics in Year 11. Other sets take GCSE at the end of Year 11.
Science: Pupils study all three Sciences. Pupils can opt for three separate GCSEs or take the Dual Award Course.
Religious Studies: Short-course GCSE.
Modern Language: Most pupils study either French or Spanish in the core subjects. Pupils who wish to study two modern languages may choose French in the Core and Spanish as one of their options. GCSE Japanese is available outside of lesson time.
Learning Support: Some pupils who wish to have extra support with their GCSEs do not study French or Spanish and receive extra support for their other subjects.

In addition to these core GCSE subjects, pupils will normally choose three subjects out of the following ten options:

Art / Design & Technology / Drama / Economics / Geography / History / Latin / Music / PE / Spanish
 
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