Programmes of study are broad and balanced in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum. All pupils are encouraged to achieve high standards through steady, determined effort. Extra support is given to very able pupils, and to those who find learning difficult.
In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9) pupils follow a common curriculum. Whilst Year 7 is mostly taught in mixed ability classes, from Year 8 onwards pupils are placed in ability sets for several subjects. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) pupils follow a common core of subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies and Physical Education, and then elect to follow several optional subjects leading to GCSE or equivalent certification.
Private Study is set regularly in each subject and parents can monitor their child’s private study via ‘Show My Homework’.
Monitoring of Progress
All subjects conduct regular assessments of pupils’ progress and we report this progress to parents in several ways: pupils receive termly grades in each subject showing current levels of achievement; mentors make formal and informal contact where there is a concern or there has been exceptional achievement; teaching staff offer telephone, e-mail or in-person contact with each child’s parents at least once per year; and every child receives a full, written Annual Report indicating strengths and weaknesses, levels of achievement and improvement targets for each subject.
Whenever possible, pupils are taken to places of educational interest and educational value, both in the UK and abroad. Many of these activities derive directly from curriculum work, though some take place at weekends and in the school holidays and are entirely extra-curricular.
Key Stage 3
Pupils have lessons in all National Curriculum subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Music, Physical Education, History, Drama, Geography, Religious Studies, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Design and Technology. One Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish) is taught in Years 7, 8 and 9.
Private Study is set regularly in each subject and parents can monitor their child’s private study via ‘Show My Homework’. At the end of Year 9, pupils select their GCSE choices.
Key Stage 4
Pupils are encouraged to study a range of subjects within a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 4. All pupils will follow a compulsory core of subjects: English, Mathematics, Science (Double/Triple) and Physical Education. As a Christian school, Religious Studies plays an important role and is a compulsory GCSE for all pupils.
Pupils then choose from an exciting range of optional subjects. The current offer includes: GCSE Art, GCSE Drama, GCSE French, GCSE Geography, GCSE History, GCSE Music, GCSE Physical Education, GCSE Resistant Materials, GCSE Spanish, GCSE Textiles, GCSE Computing, BTEC First in Business Studies Level 2 and NCFE Music Technology Level 2. Pupils must take one E-bacc subject in order to allow them to achieve the new ‘Progress 8’ performance measure. At present, pupils are allowed a free choice of whether to take the subjects leading to the full English Baccalaureate.
Since opening in September 2008 our Sixth Form has gone from strength to strength. There are approximately 200 students on roll. Students choose four AS levels in Year 12 and continue with three of them at A Level in Year 13.
Currently, over 20 subjects are offered at AS and A Level ensuring all career pathways remain open and that there is something for everyone. For a list of the current 16-19 curriculum offer please have a look at the Information Booklet listed below.
The British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs are taught through the curriculum from Year 7 through to Year 13.