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Curriculum Statement

Purpose

Our broad and balanced curriculum has been designed to develop knowledgeable, confident and articulate young people who have the character to impress and compete.  It places a high emphasis on literacy, numeracy and creativity across all areas of study and values depth of knowledge, articulate oracy, inquisitiveness and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Principles:

  • Excellent teaching delivered by teachers with a deep knowledge of and passion for their subject.
  • High expectations at all times and a belief that all students can meet those expectations.
  • A strong focus on academic achievement, knowledge and qualifications.
  • An emphasis on the development of Oracy and Articulacy across all areas of the curriculum.
  • An opportunity for all to study classical subjects accessing the cultural capital this provides.
  • A large and vibrant extracurricular offer which provides a huge range of opportunities developing the character and personal well-being of students.
  • Appropriate and bespoke support for students on the SEND and EAL list.
  • Using the latest technologies as teaching tools to enhance the learning experience for the student both at school and when they are learning at home.
  • A very wide choice of subjects at KS4 and 5, allowing students to specialise in their areas of interest and talent.

Curriculum Design

  • A broad and experiential KS3 curriculum (Science, Maths, English, Art, Classics, Citizenship, Computer Studies, Drama, French, Food, German, Geography, History, Latin, Music, Oracy, Resistant Materials, Physical Education, Philosophy and Religious Education, Spanish, and Textiles) which stimulates students’ curiosity and allows them to discover their passion and talent.
  • A wide range of GCSE and Vocational options delivered over a 3 year KS4, to enable students to develop the deep understanding needed to be successful in GCSE examinations and beyond.   As well as allowing the time for truly academically enriching activities, students have the opportunity to choose the subjects for which they have a passion, not limited by predefined subject combinations.  Starting in Year 9 enables students a term to review their choices and make changes where appropriate.
  • A huge extracurricular offer including Duke of Edinburgh, Young Enterprise, peripatetic music lessons, Jack Petchey speak out challenge, UKMT challenge, GCSEs in Ancient Greek, Astronomy and Dance, Orchestra, music groups, sporting clubs and teams, large whole school drama productions.
  • A wide range of horizon broadening trips and visits locally, nationally and internationally. 
  • At KS3 and 4 a wide range of timetabled support lessons (support for learning, curriculum enrichment, study plus and the stretch curriculum) are used flexibly to support students with particular needs to access the curriculum and to challenge students to achieve their full potential.
  • A 6th Form that offers the widest possible range of A-level courses including all the facilitating subjects, so that students can specialise in the areas which interest them.
  • A two year curriculum plan at KS5 to allow time for students to develop a deep knowledge of their chosen subjects, with all students encouraged to start on 4 A-levels to maintain breadth.
  • Baseline data and a personal knowledge of the student used to produce lessons that will stimulate and engage them, enabling students across the academic spectrum to be challenged and stretched.
  • Assessment strategically planned into schemes of work enabling teachers to give high quality feedback to students and parents and use the student/parent/school partnership to support the development of the student.
  • Curriculum time is used in all key stages to deliver Citizenship, PSHE and Philosophy and Religious education to develop students with modern British values,  which are further developed through every area of the curriculum and in all aspects of school life.
  • Students encouraged to be truly independent learners. They have access to the library, IT rooms, Sport and Arts facilities at the beginning and end of the normal school day as well as learning resources in our highly developed virtual learning environment. 

The curriculum is regularly evaluated in order to ensure that it meets the needs of our students’ development. For more details on the curriculum the school is following, please contact:

Mr. N. Hardy, Deputy Headteacher for Teaching & Learning / Achievement & Standards.

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