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.