All students follow the National Curriculum, building upon the programmes that they will have followed in primary school. Specialised teaching in the core and foundation subjects along with key skills of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT, provide breadth and balance, preparing students for the challenge of GCSE aquivalent courses at Key Stage 4. The creative element of the curriculum is enhanced by all students following programmes of Drama and Music. In Modern Foreign Languages, all students study Spanish throughout Key Stage 3 and in Years 8 & 9 the majority of students pick up a second language, where students are allocated to study either German or French; those students who would benefit from a greater emphasis on Literacy or Numeracy use this time to develop these skills .
All students follow courses leading to examinations in English, Maths and Science. The remainder of the core curriculum covers ICT, RE, PE and PD (Personal Development). Students have access to a wide range of choices that best suit both their ability levels and their interests. Courses lead to GCSE, BTEC qualifications and the process of selecting Option Choices is supported by a comprehensive guidance programme which involves parents and students in making informed decisions.
Sixth Form (Years 12-13)
We run a detailed programme to help Year 11 students choose the best courses for them.
Support includes an Open Evening, a one-to-one meeting with either the
Head or Deputy Head of 6th Form, a ‘taster day’ when Year 11 students become Sixth
Form students for the day and support for students and their parents once
GCSE results are known.
Our provision reflects our comprehensive ethos with a
wide variety of A levels and BTEC courses on offer. Students also
have the option of taking an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) .