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Curriculum

The Curriculum at Neston High school encompasses every aspect of a young person’s learning from personal well-being, social skills and health to subject areas that promote strong academic rigour practical, and a whole range of more practical and applied courses that equip our students for life beyond school.

Increasingly, our curriculum is not restricted to the school day, nor indeed the school building. Our recent national award which recognised our extensive Learning Outside The Classroom (LOTC) programmes. As such, our school’s curriculum covers much more than the subjects on the timetable followed by the students; it covers all the planned activities in which students are involved; activities in classrooms, laboratories, workshops, the library, the sports hall, during educational visits and residential courses.

A central tenet of our curriculum is that all students have a right to immerse themselves in studies that takes full account of their potential and capability. Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced entitlement curriculum whereby, increasingly, students acquire the skills, knowledge, concepts and understanding to develop their full potential, whilst at school and as adults.

All students will focus upon the specific skills of numeracy, literacy, information technology, communication, physical coordination, logical thought, problem solving, information skills, experimentation, empathy and interpretation - as well as social skills such as working with others.

AIMS

In line with our core values of Pride & Courage the curriculum at Neston High School aims to:

  • To offer high quality education
  • To foster a love of learning
  • To engender a strong sense of shared responsibility and mutual respect
  • To develop self worth and confidence
  • To recognise we are an integral part of the community

We provide opportunities for students to take responsibility for their learning, for themselves and others; to take initiative, to be involved in team work; to be generous of time and spirit.

POLICY

CURRICULUM 11 - 19 POLICY STATEMENT 

The curriculum:

1.1 will be guided by the principle of entitlement

1.2 will ensure that all students have access to a range of studies that meet their own needs

1.3 will seek attempt to maintain and raise educational standards

1.4 provide flexibility and the opportunity for continuity between Key Stages

1.5 will be concerned with the development of values and attitudes

1.6 will foster: • the establishment of good relationships • the encouragement of personal initiative and responsibility • the encouragement of pride in achievement • the development of perseverance • the development of self-confidence, self esteem and a sense of dignity

1.7 will avoid premature specialisation and ensure a balanced curriculum

1.8 will comply with current legislation

1.9 will follow time allocations and setting arrangements for each curriculum area at each key stage and which will follow the annually published structure.

1.10 will follow unitised schemes of work that will be published and revised on an annual basis and will include: • Title of unit to be covered • Lesson by lesson (week by week) description of content • Outcomes – a list of questions that students should be able to respond to • Homework – details of homework tasks relevant to this unit • Assessment – how the work completed in this unit will be assessed

1.11 goes beyond that which is taught in the classroom, and incorporates: • Learning Outside the Classroom • Organised after school activities (eXL) • Educational Visits • Exchange trips • Outdoor activities • Work experience

AT KEY STAGE 3 

2.1 The School will deliver the National Curriculum as a basic curriculum for all our students.

2.2 All students will study: • English • Mathematics • Sciences • Religious Education (with the exception of those students for whom parents/carers have formally withdrawn the student from these activities) • Physical Education • Geography • History • A programme of Modern Foreign Languages (refer to MFL Policy document) • Information & Communication Technology • Art • Design • Home Economics • Dance • Drama • Music • Personal Development (including a range of experiences as published and reviewed annually)

AT KEY STAGE 4 

3.1 The School will deliver the National Curriculum as a basic curriculum for all our students.

3.2 All students will study: • English • Mathematics • Sciences • Physical Education • Personal Development (including a range of experiences as published and reviewed annually)

3.3 The school will offer a wide range of practical and applied courses together with a range of traditional academic courses which reflect our comprehensive nature.

3.4 The range of courses on offer shall follow the ‘Qualifications & Courses’ Policy

3.5 Students will receive support and guidance to enable them, together with their parents/carers, to make informed decisions about appropriate courses at this key stage.

AT KEY STAGE 5 

4.1 The school will offer a wide range of practical and applied courses together with a range of traditional academic courses which reflect our comprehensive nature.

4.2 Students will receive support and guidance to enable them, together with their parents/carers, to make informed decisions about appropriate courses at this key stage.

4.2.1 The range of courses on offer shall follow the ‘Qualifications & Courses’ Policy

4.3 All students will follow a programme of Personal Development (including a range of experiences as published and reviewed annually)

POLICY REVIEW 

5.1 This Policy will be reviewed annually.