Recent changes to the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum requirements have allowed the school to condense the Key Stage 3 curriculum into two years to allow greater flexibility at Key Stage 4.
In Year 7, all students follow courses in Art, Biology, Chemistry, Citizenship, Design and Technology, English, French or Spanish, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics and Religious Studies. Our pastoral programme, delivered by our tutors, covers the requirements of PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education).
To ensure that all aspects are covered as rigorously as possible, we also invite expert speakers in to complement the programme offer. In Year 8, all students are offered a second language to study which includes Chinese, French, German, Latin or Spanish. Students choose their options for GCSEs towards the end of Year 8.
In light of the changes to GCSE qualifications, the school made changes to the Key Stage 4 programme for 2014/15 to create more time for the delivery of English and Mathematics and other EBacc subjects. It will be delivered over three years with all students having the opportunity of studying nine or ten GCSEs.
The core curriculum consists of English (Literature and Language), Mathematics, Double or Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Language. In addition to the Core offer, our students have the opportunity to choose an additional four options including Art, Business Studies, Drama, History, Geography, Food Technology, Product Design, additional Languages (Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish), Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Textiles.
Students are encouraged to ensure that their combination of subject choices provides a broad and balanced learning experience. All students choose a combination of subjects that fulfils the requirements of the English Baccalaureate.
Rigorous support is available for both students and parents regarding the selection of options and every effort is made to ensure that students can take the courses of their choice. In addition to GCSE subjects, all students follow a Physical Education course. Our Careers, Religious Studies, Citizenship, Work Related Learning and PSHEE programmes are all delivered through our well supported Pastoral Programme.
In Year 10, all students are also offered the opportunity for a week’s work experience. During Year 10, all students are encouraged to start to consider their options for Years 12 and 13 in our Sixth Form (Key Stage 5) or in further education elsewhere and spend a day visiting a local university.
During Year 11 students attend information and guidance events and interviews to ensure the choices available are clear. Parents are encouraged to become fully involved at this very important time. Extensive support is available to ensure that choices made are realistic and appropriate.