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Curriculum Core Values

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Curriculum Core Values

Rationale

The School’s curriculum provides programmes of study for all students based on academic suitability and appropriateness regardless of sex, race, disability, religion or belief as outlined in the School’s Equalities Policy. The School’s curriculum will be broad and balanced and promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students reading, writing, communication and maths (RWCM) skills. It will follow the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and reflect the School’s aims and ethos.

Aims

The School’s curriculum aims to:
• provide students with an entitlement to rewarding learning experiences and essential literacy and numeracy skills
• create opportunities for students to cooperate, embrace diversity and show tolerance respect and fairness
• encourage high aspirations and maximise progress and potential
• prepare students for independence, future challenges and the world of work
• promote healthy lifestyles

Full details of curriculum models and subjects available at each Key Stage can be found in this section of the website.

Features of the Key Stage 3 Curriculum

• All students follow a programme of Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Enterprise Education (PSHCE) which includes elements of British values, sex and relationships, drugs, political, careers and personal finance education. This is taught by the students’ tutor team in Years 7 to 11.
• All students follow the statutory programmes of Religious and Physical Education in Years 7 to 11.
• All students study 1 Modern Foreign Language in Years 7 to 9.
• In addition to a core of Mathematics, Science and English, all students follow courses in Art, Technology, the Performing Arts, Computing and Humanities.
• In Year 7 students who need to improve their numeracy and literacy skills to catch up with their peers take the catch up course for 2 lessons per fortnight, instead of a full course, 6 lessons per fortnight, in French.
• The taught curriculum in all years is enhanced by a full programme of extracurricular activities

Features of the Key Stage 4 Curriculum

• All students follow a programme of Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Enterprise Education which includes elements of British values, sex and relationships, drugs, political, religious, careers and personal finance education taught by a specialist team in Year 10 and Year 11.
• All students follow a programme physical education in Years 10 and 11 for four hours in the 50 period cycle
• In addition to the core of Mathematics, Combined Science and English, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education and PSHCE all students have the opportunity to opt for courses in Art, Design, the Performing Arts, Computing, Business, and Humanities.
• In the Key Stage 4, students can opt to study Science as separate disciplines as an option.
• The taught curriculum in all years is enhanced by a full programme of extracurricular activities

Features of the Key Stage 5 Curriculum

• In Year 12 students normally choose three subjects at Level 3 to study in Years 12 and 13
• In addition, if studying maths A Level students may study further maths.
• In Year 12 there is an opportunity to complete the extended project qualification (EPQ), for students not completing the EPQ there is an enrichment lesson each fortnight
• Each subject is usually studied for nine lessons over the 50 lesson cycle
• All students follow a programme of Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Enterprise Education which includes elements of sex and relationship, drugs, political, careers and personal finance education. This is taught alongside the curriculum in extended assemblies, tutor time and off timetable events.
• Students who have not achieved a grade 4 or better in GCSE in English or Maths are required to continue to study these subjects and support for retakes is provided, and will have additional silent study lesson specifically to support these retakes
• The taught curriculum in the Sixth Form is enhanced by a full programme of extracurricular activities