Our Curriculum Intent

We are really proud of our very carefully planned curriculum and believe that it goes over and above the statutory National Curriculum requirements.  We constantly reflect and review subject content and the GCSE offer taking into consideration how we can best prepare students both academically and personally for our ever-changing world.  It is vitally important to us that students have a broad experience and enjoy all their subjects experiencing rich opportunities to explore and develop their personalities.

The curriculum is divided up into 4 distinct areas with Year 10 and 11 having the option to drop some subjects and choose 3 new ones.

Area
Subject
Y7/8
Y9
Y10/11
The Arts
English Language
2
2
3
English Literature
2
3
2
Art (includes Architecture and Photography)
1
1
History
2
2
Performing Arts (includes: Music, Drama, Dance, Stage Design and Animation)
1
1
French (Spanish is offered at GCSE)
2
2
STEM+G
Science
3
4
6
Mathematics
3
4
4
Geography
2
2
IT
1
1
Engineering Design
1
1
Healthy Mind and Body
PE
2
2
1
Sport and Exercise Science
1
Dance (6 week block, 1 hour per week)
1
1
Drama (6 week block, 1 hour per week)
Food and Nutrition (6 week block, 1 hour per week)
Healthy Lifestyle (6 week block, 1 hour per week)
Character and Culture *
Aspirations and Career Guidance
1
Cultural Capital
1
1
Health, Wellbeing and Staying Safe*
1
Aspirations and Life Beyond School*
Diversity and Equality*
Values, Rights and Responsibilities* (including Modern British Values)
GCSE Option Subjects x 3
9
Total number of sessions per week
25*
25*
25*

*The numbers of hours per subject add up to 26 periods but each week the students have 25 periods.  This is because our core Character and Culture Curriculum takes place on a rolling programme throughout the year: Week 1, Monday period 1, Week 2 Monday period 2.  There are three full days also dedicated to Character and Culture Curriculum, where normal timetable is collapsed. In Key Stage 3 we build further on the Cultural Capital and Aspirations experience.  The Character and Culture Curriculum explores all statutory themes you would expect in a PSCHE curriculum but includes much more specific to our school and the students’ needs.  It is also woven into each subject’s curriculum.

All subject areas have given deep thought and preparation into the Intent of their subject. The Curriculum journey from Year 7 to Year 11 provides an engaging academic diet which builds upon prior knowledge, but allowing students to develop their character and culture skills too.  Subject areas have looked at how their content crosses over other subjects and much liaison takes place between subject teachers to ensure there is a consistent approach; an example of this might be how graphs are drawn in maths, science and geography or how equality and diversity are addressed in English, Art, History and Drama.

Option curriculum areas

In Year 10 and Year 11, students study three subjects for a total of three hours each per week.

Year 10 subjects
Year 11 subjects
Animal Care
Architecture
Architecture
Art
Art
Child Development
Child Development
Computer Science
Computer Science
Construction
Construction
Engineering
Dance
Enterprise and Marketing
Engineering
French
Enterprise and marketing
Geography
Film, Production and Animation
History
French
Hospitality and Catering
Geography
Imedia
History
Performing Arts
Hospitality and Catering
Physical Education
Imedia
Sociology
Lighting, Sound and DJing
Spanish
Photography
Sport
Physical Education
Statistics
Sociology
Spanish
Sport
Theatre Performance

Please note that we review our curriculum offer on an annual basis; consequently, the option subjects available for students may vary from year to year. 

Extra-Curricular Offer

We strongly encourage participation in extra-curricular activities, an area of our work that has been deeply affected by the COVID pandemic but our aim is to make our offer even better.  Being part of a team enjoying a common activity is a vitally important part of personal development.  Check out our current offer. We reward our students through our house system.

Sport

The school has a strong record of performance in sport, boasting some excellent facilities.

Our popular clubs are football, rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, table tennis, golf, badminton, tennis. We are always wanting to hear what the students would like to experience and will always consider that. Our sporting programme culminates in our very own Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Performing Arts

From September 2020 we decided that all Year 7 would participating in the annual school performance. By that we mean they will all make a contribution for example it might be a key performance role such as musical instrument, singing, dance, drama. This will not suit every student so those who do not wish to be part of a performing role will undertake behind the scenes work such as costume preparation, art and design, set design, advertising, animation.  The show will then be performed around November/December of Year 8. Of course the intention is they will go on to remain involved in future shows.

Year 7 and Year 8 Camp

We have a dedicated space at the back of the school where we hold our camp.  The pandemic prevented overnight stays but normally students would pitch their tents. Over two days the students experience lots of fun and team building activities.  The students are organised into their Houses for these events.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award

We strongly encourage all Year 10 to embark upon this prestigious programme and we have a strong record over many years of participation and success in this award.

Extra-curricular from subject areas

Our staff from various areas of the school are always keen to share their passion with the students areas such as astronomy, sewing, photography, architecture, debating through our School Parliament.

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