Curriculum Statement

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CURRICULUM

 

The college curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad and balanced programme of study. When students first join the college they all follow a broadly similar curriculum. As they progress from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 the curriculum becomes more personalised as it changes to reflect the needs, interests and aspirations of each student.

All subjects are taught by specialist teachers. The majority of subjects are taught in ability groups. Teachers use a variety of strategies for differentiation within lessons to ensure that all students are engaged, supported and challenged.

Years 7 & 8: The first two years have a curriculum designed to give all students their entitlement to a broadly based and balanced education, adapted to their abilities and needs that fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum. All students study Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Art, French, Geography, History, Computing, Music, Performing Arts, Physical Education, PSHE and Technology.
During Year 8, students are prepared through the programme of careers education, with the help of staff, independent careers advisers and parents, for making appropriate subject choices for GCSE.

The curriculum in Key Stage 4 is much more personalised. All students follow a common core of Religious Education, English Language and Literature, Computing, Mathematics, Double Science, non-exam Physical Education and PSHE. Beyond that the student follows an elective programme chosen from a range of options. These include a range of courses delivered in the college in traditional subjects such as Art, Business Studies, Dance, French, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education, Product Design, Catering, Media and Separate Sciences.

Special Educational Needs:

The school has formulated a policy on Special Educational Needs in line with the latest government Code of Practice and seeks to support all students with particular identified needs.

The SEN co-ordinator works closely with staff, students and parents to support learning and progress is carefully monitored within the schools assessment procedures.

Homework The school places considerable importance on homework, which is an essential part of each student’s study programme. The School Homework policy is issued to Years 7 – 13 students in September. We hope that all students will have reasonable working conditions at home and that parents will encourage students to spend sufficient time over their work and to do it conscientiously, and away from distractions such as TV, the internet or smart phones. All students in Years 7 – 13 have a planner in which they are expected to record details of the homework they are set. Parents are expected to check and sign the planner on a weekly basis as this is a key method of communication between home and school. Subject teachers and form tutors may write comments to parents regarding students’ behaviour or the quality of their work.

If a student does not seem to be receiving sufficient homework or if it seems excessive, parents are encouraged to contact the Form Tutor in the first instance.  Details of the amount of time students are expected to spend on their homework is provided when students join the school.