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    Curriculum

    We ask high standards of our students by creating an atmosphere of encouragement with the emphasis on students developing the habits of hard work, organisation and responsibility for their own work.  The school curriculum and its organisation are kept under constant review to enable students to achieve their best.

    The National Curriculum

    There are 25 one-hour lessons each week for all students in Years 7 to 11.  To ensure that every student can work at a level and pace appropriate to their ability and needs, some subjects are taught in groups arranged according to students’ ability in that subject.

    Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

    All students study English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education, Art, Music, Drama, Religious Education (RE), Computing and Careers, Citizenship and Work Related Learning (CCW). The majority also study a Modern Foreign Language.

    • The co-ordinated Design Technology course is based in the areas of, Graphics, Product Design, Food and Textiles.
    • Most students study one Modern Foreign Language chosen from French, German or Spanish. Latin can be chosen as an additional language.
    • A small number of students undertake additional literacy and numeracy lessons instead of a Modern Foreign Language

    Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

    Students are asked to select from one of five Learning Programmes. Each is designed to meet the needs of, and provide progression for, an identified group of students.

    All students study English Language, Maths, Religious Education, Computing, CCW and Physical Education as part of the core curriculum. The majority of students also study English Literature.

    Students must choose

    • A Science course - either three separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) which leads to three separate GCSEs or a Combined Science Award which leads to two GCSEs
    • A Humanities subject - History or Geography
    • A Modern Foreign Language - either French, German or Spanish (with the exception of those students who follow a learning programme which does not contain an MFL component. Health and Social Care is studied by the majority of these students)
    • Option choices from a wide variety of subjects including Art & Design, Business Studies, Computing, Design Technology, Economics, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Latin, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education, Philosophy & Ethics, Additional English, Additional Maths, Health and Social Care and Sociology.

    All subjects are studied to GCSE or equivalent except Additional English and Additional Maths. In addition, reduced GCSE programmes are on offer for those students who would benefit from this provision.

    Assessment

    All courses, unless otherwise indicated, follow the National Curriculum. Students are regularly assessed in all areas of the curriculum.

    The school has a focused approach to marking. A piece of work will be marked in detail every three weeks in most subjects and every four weeks in subjects that are taught once per week. Other work is acknowledged.  Students are set targets that help to move their learning to the next level. To help students and parents, you will be able to see levels and strategies for improvement in the student tracking grids in the front of exercise books. To support, please check these regularly.

    Reporting

    Parents receive a progress report every term.   

    Homework

    Students receive a homework timetable.  Guidelines are given to all students about the amount of time that needs to be spent on homework.  A homework club runs after school from Monday to Thursday, 3.30pm until 5pm.  Students are invited to attend.