• Curriculum

  • Curriculum

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    You will find a brief overview of the curriculum below. For further information, please contact Mr Simon Brass, Assistant Principal.

    Year 7 ‘Establishment’

    Subjects are grouped together in blocks of time and rotational arrangements used to reduce the number of teachers, with the emphasis being on ‘students being better known’. 

    English 4 hours per week
    Mathematics       4 hours per week
    Science     3 hours per week
    Languages      3 hours per week
    Technology, including ICT (Computer Science) 2 hours per week
    PE 2 hours per week
    Humanities - Geography & History 3 hours per week
    Religious Studies 1 hour per week
    Creative Arts - Art, Drama, Music, Dance  3 hours per week
    Guidance / PHSCE 6 "drop-down" days

    Geography and History, and separately Art, Drama, Music and Dance, rotate every 10 weeks throughout the year.

     

    Year 8 ‘Entitlement’
    After the rotational arrangements in Year 7, the emphasis in Year 8 is on ‘entitlement and access’ to all subjects throughout the year.

    English    4 hours per week
    Mathematics   4 hours per week
    Science    3 hours per week
    Languages  2 hours per week
    Technology  2 hours per week
    ICT (Computer Science)   1 hour per week
    PE  2 hours per week
    Geography & History   3 hours per fortnight in each throughout the year
    Art, Drama, Music & Religious Studies  1 hour per week in each throughout the year
    Guidance / PHSCE  6 "drop-down" days

     

    Year 9 ’Growing Passions’
    Students begin choosing subjects they wish to explore in more depth, but a broad and balanced curriculum is maintained by at least one Creative Arts and one Humanities subjects being chosen. In addition, subjects are able to choose which Technology discipline they would like to specialise in. Please click on the word Pathways which will take you to our Y9 Pathways document.

    English    4 hours per week
    Mathematics   4 hours per week
    Science    3 hours per week
    Languages  2 hours per week
    Technology    2 hours per week
    ICT (Computer Science)  1 hour per week
    Religious Studies  1 hour per week
    PE  2 hours per week
    Geography or History   2 hours per week
    ArtDrama or Music   2 hours per week
    3rd Foundation subject from above   2 hours per week
    Guidance / PHSCE   6 "drop-down" days

     

    Years 10 & 11 ’Specialising’
    Click this link to see a list of subjects that students are able to study at GCSE or equivalent.

    Alongside a strong core of English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Geography or History and (for most students) a modern foreign language, students can then choose three other subjects they are passionate about. Guided by a ‘pathways process’, this ensures that each student is undertaking a programme of study with assessment arrangements that will allow them to best fulfill their potential.

    English Y10   Y11  4 hours per week
    Mathematics   4 hours per week
    Science 5 hours per week
    Languages   5 hours per fortnight
    Geography or History  5 hours per fortnight
    PE   1 hour per week
    Religious Studies  1 hour per week in Year 10
    Optional subjects   5 hours per fortnight
    Guidance / PHSCE Y10  Y11  6 "drop-down" days

    Optional subjects offered for 2016/2017 include GCSE Art, Business, Computer Science, Drama, Food & Cookery, Media, Music, PE and Resistant Materials as well as Level 2 vocational courses (mainly BTEC) in Health & Social Care, ICTVCert Music. NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Craft and NCFE V Cert Sport are additional options for students. 

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