Curriculum INTENT and Summary
- To promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils at the School.
- To prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
- To enable all pupils to set their life and society in a relevant cultural, historical and geographical context and understand the nature of the world in which they live.
- To help pupils acquire the knowledge, concepts, basic and transferable skills, values and attitudes which will serve them now and in the future.
- To help pupils acquire lively and enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to a variety of tasks and physical skills using logical processes in investigating problems.
- To help pupils learn to communicate effectively using a variety of media and techniques, including oral skills.
- To pursue and recognise achievement and development in every individual’s personal growth and academic results, including those with special educational needs.
- To provide opportunities for aesthetic and creative development, including interpreting, performing, creating, designing, making and problem-solving.
- To reflect sensitivity to issues of gender and culture and commitment to whole school action in the pursuit of good practice in these important areas.
- To develop social, political, economic and environmental awareness.
- To emphasise the acquisition of the tools of study (study skills) for lifelong learning, notably the use of information technology through the whole curriculum.
- To develop in our pupils the ability to function as contributing members of co-operative groups through tutorial work, PSE, residential experience and work experience and to make informed, realistic and responsible decisions with respect to their immediate future.
The school operates a ten-day cycle timetable. The table below shows the number of periods for each subject.
Key Stage 3
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Art and Design Technology||6||6||4|
|German or Spanish||4|
Students choose three subjects to study at GCSE level. These subjects, listed below, are placed in three option blocks:
- Computer Science
- Physical Education
- Business Studies
- Resistant Materials
Key Stage 4
|Year 10||Year 11|
|English||7 or 8||7|
|Mathematics||7||7 or 8|
|Physical Education||2 or 4||2 or 4|
|Science||10 or 12||10 or 12|
Most students study Core and Additional Science, ultimately leading to two GCSE grades. They have ten lessons across the two-week cycle.
Some selected students study separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics over four lessons of each in the ten-day cycle. This group has two lessons of PE, whilst all other KS4 students have four lessons.
Each week we also have a PSHRE period in which students in all year groups study different aspects of a pastoral programme in their respective year groups. These dedicated lessons take place within form groups and is led by the form tutor.