Aims of the Curriculum

To provide a broad and balanced curriculum which helps young people make sense of the world in which they live and which develops the skills they need to succeed in life.

We want our pupils to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy, progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who live safe, healthy and fulfilled lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

What are we trying to achieve?

  • Pupils achieving the highest standards possible at key stages 3, 4 and 5.
  • Pupils becoming more skilful at reasoning, information processing, enquiring, creative thinking, evaluating and problem solving.
  • Pupils developing the skills to be more creative and reflective learners and to be more effective team workers and effective self-managers.
  • Pupils being more effective participators in the local and global community.
  • Pupil being more engaged and better motivated and see the relevance of their learning in modern society.

In Key stage 3 our curriculum is taught through discrete traditional subjects. The themes adopted by subjects are based on the cross curricular dimensions. These are mapped out to ensure coverage. 

We have moved to focus on key processes as well as key concepts and we have focused on the development of skills in lessons. Teaching strategies such as collective memory, reading images and fortune lines have been demonstrated and adopted by subjects. Kagan structures have also been demonstrated to promote effective participation.  

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills are developed through subjects; there is a real focus on these skills through the 5 PSHE challenge days which occur throughout the year.

Our Key stage 4 starts in Year 9 for Maths and Triple Science.  All other GCSEs start in year 10.  We offer a mixture of traditional GCSE subjects and vocational courses such as BTEC extended certificates in Sport, Art and Design, Science and Travel & Tourism, Cambridge Nationals in ICT and Health and Social Care. For a small number of pupils there is an opportunity to access college courses in Hair and Beauty, Engineering and Construction. Market research during the options process helps us tailor the curriculum to the needs of our pupils.