Teaching and Learning
The Curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide range of talents and abilities. It is designed to stretch the most able, to provide support for those needing additional help and to provide an education suitable for all students.
Years 7 and 8 – Key Stage 3
During Years 7 and 8 all students follow a broad and balanced curriculum, designed to be challenging and interesting, building upon the foundations from primary school. Whilst we place much value on students reaching their full academic potential, we also aim to help students enjoy their learning and gain a solid basis for study at GCSE, A-Level and higher education.
All students are initially taught in mixed-ability groups when they start in Year 7. Teaching in ability groups is introduced later depending upon subject and need. In addition, students receive a grounding in study skills, as well as regular access to computer and library facilities across all subject areas. All Key Stage 3 students will also be issued e-readers that will be personalised for their ability
|ALL KEY STAGE 3 STUDENTS STUDY:|
|Science – a co-ordinated course, comprising aspects of the traditional branches of Science incorporating computing|
|French or Spanish – In Year 8, the most able students have the option to take an additional language to that previously studied either French, Spanish or German|
|Technology – including Food, Textiles, Graphics, Resistant Materials|
|Personal, Social, Careers, Citizenship and Health Education|
Years 9, 10 and 11 – Key Stage 4
All students work towards GCSE examinations in Years 9, 10 and 11. In addition, students follow a Personal, Social and Health Education programme, which includes careers education and citizenship.
All students follow a core of:
|Separate Sciences or Double Science (Incorporating Biology, Chemistry & Physics)|
|French, German or Spanish|
|History or Geography|
The most able students at Science will study all three Sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) giving a stronger basis for their advanced study. Able linguists are able to study two languages to GCSE. At Key Stage 4, students choose to study a number of optional subjects.
At Key Stage 4, students choose to study a number of optional subjects. The list of optional subjects is shown in the table below:
|KEY STAGE 4 OPTION SUBJECTS:|
|A second language e.g. French, German or Spanish|
|Food Preparation & Nutrition|
Further details on course content for KS4 can be found here:
The school provides an extensive range of courses in the Sixth Form. The choices cover over 20 Advanced subjects. The school provides dedicated Sixth Form facilities for students’ use. Students in the Sixth Form undertake community service and enrichment, and are involved in supporting both the social and academic progress of younger students in the school. Most of the school’s sixth form students intend to go on to university. For those with ambition to apply to Oxford, Cambridge or other prestigious universities, the school provides additional opportunities for the student to practise the additional tests these universities require.
For more information on subject choices offered please the sixth form prospectus.
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