Curriculum

Read the College’s full curriculum structure here.

In Years 7 to 9 (Key Stage 3) all pupils follow the National Curriculumand study the same subjects. In modern foreign languages, half our pupils study French and the other half study Spanish.

THE Thematic curriculum in Year 7
The revised National Curriculum is changing what we teach.  In Year 7pupils will follow the Thematic Course for 14 lessons per week.  These lessons integrate English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities intomodules, rather than being taught as separate subjects

Through the Thematic curriculum these subjects are taught as themessuch as: ‘The World in Me’, ‘Living Planet’, ‘World of Sport’, ‘Regeneration’ and ‘Book of Genius’.

These themes are taken and developed to cover the curriculum content for each subject area. For example: ‘The World in Me’ covers English through ‘Autobiographies’; geography through ‘Migration, Urbanisation & Environmental Issues’; History by ‘The History of Fun and Hobbies’;Religious Education through ‘Religious Beliefs’ & Science through ‘Evolution’.

We are also improving learning abilities through the Building Learning Power Programme.  Through this, we encourage pupils to develop the learning skills of ResilienceResourcefulnessReflectiveness &Reciprocity (the ‘4Rs’). These competencies aim to develop the learning power of students and make them more logical and independentlearners.

  1. Resilience focuses on the emotional aspects of learning including supporting others and perseverance;
  2. Reflectivness, manages learning and includes revising and planning;
  3. Resourcefulness is the application of Thinking Skills, a focus on questioning and making links; whilst
  4. Reciprocity is the social aspects of learning, like collaborating & empathizing with others.

Through the development of these skills we expect students to become better learners and take responsibility for their own learning, which will have a positive effect on the levels of attainment they reach.

Please Note.  Drama, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Technology (Art, ICT & Design Technology) and Physical Education are taught as separate subjects.

MAKING CHANGES IN YEAR 9
There are changes to the way we approach learning in Year 9.  These reflect the particular stage of the learning journey that the pupils are on and allow us to personalise their curriculum more.

In mixed ability groups:
Drama, Music, Religious Education, Technology (Art, ICT and Design Technology)

In other groups:
English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Science & Physical
Education.

We also offer Booster activities during year 9 to prepare pupils for theLevel Tests in Mathematics, English & Science, which will be used to complement the teacher assessments that take place throughout the year.

EARLY EXAMINATION ENTRY
In addition to carefully constructed learning pathways, we also cater forindividual needs by offering a wide range of early entries in GCSE.

Year 9 pupils who are ready to take on this challenge are entered forCitizenshipEnglish
LiteratureHistoryInformation Communication Technology (ICT),Physical 
Education & Science in Year 9.  All pupils are entered for MathematicsModule 3.

MOVING ON
In Years 10 and 11 the pupils can choose some of the subjects they study. We will send you full information about these. We will hold a `Year 9 Information Evening’ on Wednesday 10th March 2010 so that you can help them make their choices.

Note.   You should note that the subjects we can offer might vary from year to year. We always aim to give a broad and balanced curriculum, which meets the needs of all our pupils.

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
We present a vocational opportunity to all pupils leading to an award up to 4 higher grade GCSE passes.  These include the BTEC Introductory Certificate or an OCR National or BTEC Diploma.  Pupils choose fromBusinessInformation Communication TechnologyPerforming Arts,Sport and Travel & Tourism. We believe that every pupil in Year 10 should follow the vocational pathway and it is a compulsory subject, studied by all the pupils.