As a result of our curriculum, we intend to ensure that every student…
- Leaves us with a love of learning and knowing how to learn, sound moral compass, high aspirations and expectations of themselves, whilst having achieved their full potential academically
- Understands and actively demonstrates the importance of showing care and respect for others, including our environment, whilst promoting strong British values which enable them to contribute positively to society and be fully prepared for life in modern Britain
- Is encouraged to develop their character, confidence, resilience and independence which prepares them for future success
- Has access to a curriculum which provides equality of opportunity, particularly for the most disadvantaged, including those with special needs/disabilities, that enables them to develop the knowledge and cultural capital to succeed in life
- Positively benefits from a coherently planned and sequenced curriculum over the five years that supports the cumulative acquisition of knowledge and skills to be successful in their chosen subjects
In key stage 3, all students follow the same curriculum. For organisational purposes the timetable is divided into two equal ability bands (L/H). L stands for ‘Light’ and H for ‘Hall’
We adopt a philosophy in key stage 3 that students should not be defined early in their secondary schooling by their key stage 2 results. Although, we use SATs scores in a variety of ways, we aim to promote aspirations of students through a combined set and mixed ability approach. We believe this provides a greater balance until more assessment is available. As a result:
In Year 7, most subjects teach two equal top sets (using scaled scores from national curriculum ks2 tests) with the remainder of students taught in three mixed ability groups per band. At appropriate points in the year, student movement between groups can occur. This can be for both academic and pastoral reasons.
In Year 8, a similar model exists. However, maths, modern foreign languages and science set on ability.
|Key Stage 3||Year 7 (Hours)||Year 8 (Hours)||Total (Hours)|
|Art and Design||2||2||4|
|Design and Tech||4||4||8|