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Our Curriculum

Curriculum Aims
To create:
  • Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.
  • Enabling students to remember what they have learned and be able to apply across not only academic areas but in terms of their own, whilst safeguarding themselves and others.

It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in their learning so that we can deliver our mission and aims.

Curriculum Intent

To develop a curriculum which:
  • Creates an aspirational high achievement culture.
  • Ignites a passion for learning and a growth mindset
  • Takes into account individual needs and styles.
  • Allows everyone to experience success.
  • Raises standards of attainment and progress. 
  • Identifies each individual's needs and growth areas
  • Is holistic with a strong focus on wellbeing; safeguarding and achievement throughout life

Curriculum Principles

  • Clear progress over the time they are with us
  • Accelerating  progress to aim for successful reintegration back into mainstream.
  • There should be depth before breadth. Maximise learning time in all subjects.
  • Additional time is given to English and Mathematics to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
  • Targeted support and additional challenge to ensure all students make at least national rates of progress.
  • Ensure all students’ progress is in line with national expectations.
  • Well Being days to address SMSC, aspirations and allow students to experience a range of educational and life opportunities .
  • To support induction into next steps for all students
  • Additional time will be offered for Sports, Arts, Catch-up and Master Classes through an extended schools programme in the Spring and Summer term

The Curriculum at both KS3 and KS4 includes:

Subjects available to all KS3 students:
  • English– 4 sessions per week
  • Maths– 4 sessions per week
  • Science– 3 sessions per week
  • Creative Arts– 2 sessions per week
  • Citizenship- 2 sessions per week
  • Physical Education- 3 sessions per week
  • Humanities– 1 session per week
  • Careers– 1 session per week
  • AQA unit awards– 3 sessions per week
  • Mentoring– 1 session per week
  • Literacy & Numeracy- 1 session per week
  • Tutorial / SMSC- 5 sessions per week each
Subjects available to all Year 10 students:
  • English language and literature– 5 sessions per week
  • Maths– 4 sessions per week
  • Science– 3 sessions per week
  • Citizenship– 4 sessions per week
  • Creative Arts / Drama– 3 sessions per week
  • Physical Education– 3 sessions per week
  • Humanities– 1 session per week
  • Careers– 1 session per week
  • Mentoring– 1 session per week
  • Functional Skills- 1 session per week
  • Tutorial / SMSC- 5 sessions per week each
Subjects available to all Year 11 students:
  • English language and literature– 4 sessions per week
  • Maths– 4 sessions per week
  • Science– 4 sessions per week
  • Citizenship– 3 sessions per week
  • Statistics– 3 sessions per week
  • Creative Arts / Drama– 3 sessions per week
  • Physical Education– 4 sessions per week
  • Careers– 1 session per week
  • Mentoring– 1 session per week
  • Business Studies- 3 sessions per week
  • Tutorial / SMSC- 5 sessions per week each
GCSE Subjects and examinations boards:
  • English Literature – AQA
  • English Language – AQA
  • Maths – Edexcel  Pearson
  • Chemistry – AQA
  • Statistics - Edexcel  Pearson
  • Citizenship - Edexcel  Pearson
  • Drama – WJEC
  • BTEC Sport and Active Leisure (Entry 3) – Edexcel Pearson

Small group tuition

All of our classes have ten or less pupils in them. We have a teacher and support staff member for every class taught. This enables our pupils to have excellent support in their lessons and staff can work 1:1 in a class if needed. We have also regularly team teach this allows our students to work at a pace that suits their learning needs, enabling them to make rapid progress.

For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal to enable them to rapidly catch up.