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Curriculum

Year

Curriculum Structure

 

 

Year 7 

We deliver English Baccalaureate subjects for all students.  These are English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language, History and Geography.

Students have a preference between German or French 

Creative and technical subjects include: Art, Music, Drama, ICT, Technology and Computer Science.

We deliver Religious Education and Physical Education for all students

Students also have a Priory Baccalaureate lesson.  This is a research and enrichment lesson delivered by the humanities department.

All content is based on the National Curriculum outline for all subjects. 

Year 8

We deliver English Baccalaureate subjects for all students.  These are English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language, History and Geography.

Students have a preference between German or French 

Creative and technical subjects include: Art, Music, Drama, ICT, Technology and Computer Science.

We deliver Religious Education and Physical Education for all students

Some students add a second MFL according to aptitude.

Students also have a Priory Baccalaureate lesson.  This is a research and enrichment lesson delivered by the humanities department.

All content is based on the National Curriculum outline for all subjects. 

Year 9-11

We deliver English Baccalaureate subjects for all students.  These are English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language, History and Geography.

Students start two further subjects selected under guidance during Year 8 which could be academic, technical or creative GCSEs (see list below).

Students will take a GCSE examination in RE at the end of Y10.  All other subjects are examined at the end of Y11.

Art, Craft & Design 

Drama 

ICT (Creative iMedia)  

Business Studies 

Economics 

Media Studies 

Computer Science  

Engineering   

Music  

Dance 

Fashion and Textile Design 

Physical Education 

Design & Technology 

Separate Sciences 

Food Preparation and Nutrition  

 

Year 12/13

Thirty five subject courses are running in 2019-20, of which thirty are A level courses and five are Level 3 vocational courses as listed in the prospectus. 

Only Further Maths is taken as an AS at end of Year 12. 

All other courses complete after a full two years.

 

Lesson Structure

Assessment

Assessment for Learning is met on a daily basis throughout all lessons. It is embedded in classroom activities tailored to the needs of all students; teacher, peer and self-assessment of class and homework; valuable and constructive feedback; and challenging and stimulating lessons. Summative assessment takes place as per departmental guidelines, usually each module. 

 

Module Grades and Reporting

Year 7 SATs scores are based around a mean score of 100, where previously national curriculum levels ranging from 1 to 8 were awarded. As a secondary school we receive the raw scores attained in the SATs and in some cases a teacher assessment of above/at/below age related expectations.

Based on national research and good practice in other schools, we use this data to issue a pathway for Year 7 and 8 of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  Each pathway incorporates a range of predicted attainment grades depending on a student's starting point. In Year 9 onwards a specific individual target grade is set in every subject for each student.  These target grades, if achieved, would ensure students out perform national rates of progress.

Parents and carers are sent a report at the end each module, which will always contain a grade indicating a student's attitude to learning and, at least twice a year, are given a teacher judgement on a student's current level of attainment.   Attitude to Learning grade descriptors can be found within year group handbooks under the Parent > Safeguarding tab.

In addition, parents are provided with a yearly written report containing more detailed information on their child's achievements. There will also be an opportunity for parents to meet subject teachers and discuss their child's progress on an individual basis in the annual Parents' Evening.

Sixth Form

Students progress on to the Sixth Form where, again, there is a very wide choice of subjects.  Students typically study three subjects.  In addition, students can study for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  More detailed information can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus.