Overview

Our Curriculum

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

All students follow a rich, broad and balanced curriculum that includes National Curriculum.

Students are usually taught in classes of 10, there are 2 classes in each Year Group.
Each class in every year studies English; Mathematics; Science; Art & Design; Design Technology; Food Technology; Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE); Physical Education (PE); Humanities (History and Geography); Religious Education (RE); Music; and Computing & Digital Expression (CDE).

Spanish is studied in Year 7, Philosophy is studied in Years 8 & 9, Social Communication lessons run in Years 7 & 8.

PE enrichment: In addition to lessons in school, the PE programme includes Swimming, Mountain Bike Riding and Canoeing. All students participate in external sporting competitions against other schools at least once per year.
Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is studied as part of the PSHCE and Science programmes.

In addition, all classes have sessions with their form tutor to support their personal and social development and participate in weekly whole school assemblies.
The Music programme includes singing performances to the public and other schools.
In addition to English lessons taught as classes, students of similar abilities are grouped across the Key Stage for Literacy lessons, which focus on the key skills necessary to access the majority of the rest of the curriculum.
There is also a weekly Expressive Arts lesson working with students across the Key Stage, where students are introduced to different disciplines before choosing one to develop further. Current Expressive Arts options include Film-Making, Circus Skills and Dance.

Residential School Journeys

All students participate in residential school journeys of increasing challenge and complexity during Key Stage 3.

Year 7: 3 days in a nearby setting with an environmental theme.
Year 8: 5 days at the Kench Hill Centre in Kent, linked to History and Geography.
Year 9: 5 days at an ‘outward bound’ type activity centre, focusing on facing personal challenges, team working and leadership skills.


Key stage 4 (Years 10-11)

All students are entitled to the same rich, broad and balanced curriculum that includes National Curriculum. Individual interests and talents are nurtured within lessons and beyond them through additional activities.

Students usually continue to be taught in classes of 10. There are 2 classes in each Year Group. Class size and composition may be different in different lessons to ensure that every student is best prepared for external accreditation at the end of the Key Stage.

Each class in every year studies English; Mathematics; Science; Art & Design; Design Technology; Food Technology; Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE); Physical Education (PE); Humanities (History and Geography); Religious Education (RE); Music; Computing & Digital Expression (CDE) and Work Related Learning (WRL).

In addition to lessons in school, the PE programme includes learning to use a public Gym, Mountain Bike Riding and Canoeing. All students participate in external sporting competitions against other schools at least once per year.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is studied as part of the PSHCE and Science programmes.
In addition all classes have sessions with their form tutor to support their personal and social development and participate in weekly whole school assemblies.
In addition to English lessons taught as classes, students of similar abilities are grouped across the Key Stage for Literacy lessons, which focus on the key skills necessary to access the majority of the rest of the curriculum.
In Year 10, students are prepared for an application for an internal work experience placement through working with our mentoring team from Williams Lea. Students carry out their duties in their own time over the course of the year.
All students are prepared for and participate in an external 2-week work experience placement linked to their WRL programme in Year 11.

Year 10 undertake a KS4 residential to Boulogne-sur-Mer in France for 5 days - which is linked to the PSD programme.

Key Stage 4 Accreditation Offer
The current Accreditation Offer at Age 16 has expanded to
•English: GCSE, Functional Skills, Additional English Certificate.
•Maths: GCSE, Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificate.
•Science: BTEC Applied Science (to Level 1).
•ICT/ Computing: ICT Functional Skills.
•Art & Design: GCSE (planned move to vocational qualification for future leavers).