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Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, and 9)
In Year 7 students are placed in sets for all subjects based on their primary school attainment. Banding (dividing students from the same year into broad groupings) and setting (according to ability) takes place in some subjects at stages throughout years 7, 8, and 9. All students follow full National Curriculum programmes.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
The curriculum is organised into the core curriculum and the optional curriculum. In the core curriculum all students study: English, English Literature, Mathematics, Combined Science/Triple Science, Religious Education, a Modern Foreign Language, Physical Education and follow a programme of Personal and Social Education; which encompasses Health Education, Careers Guidance, and Citizenship.
In the optional curriculum, students may study up to 3 further options choices which include the following: Art and Design, Business Studies, Business and Communication Systems, Catering, Computer Science, Drama, Geography, Graphic Products, History, IT, Music, GCSE Physical Education, Photography, Statistics and an Additional Studies Option.
We offer a range of extra-curricular activities because we believe that taking part in physical and artistic activities is important in a well rounded education. The school participates in many sporting activities with individuals and teams from all year groups; representing the school at local and national level. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is also well established in the school. A range of clubs is also available and students are encouraged to join.
The school believes that all students should have equal access to the whole curriculum. It recognises that special educational needs form part of an important package of ensuring that the curriculum is delivered to the best of the school’s ability. It is committed to meeting the needs of individual children by various means. These involve classroom support, individual attention and sometimes withdrawal from lessons to follow an individualised programme of study.
Study and Homework
We believe that we provide a curriculum that makes sure everyone can leave our school with the qualifications they need to follow their chosen career. Homework is a vital part of the curriculum and contributes to the success of students. It extends their understanding of the subjects studied in school as well as helping instil the discipline necessary to cope with the requirements of GCSE examinations. Emphasis is placed on the completion of homework and we ask for parents’ support on this issue. The quality, frequency and completion of homework is monitored by both academic and pastoral teams.
If you would like further information regarding our curriculum, please contact Mrs. A. Brown via the school reception.