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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 their learning across both academic and vocational subjects, as well as in their own lives and in the wider community.

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 students are with us
  • Accelerating  progress to aim for successful reintegration back into mainstream for KS3 and Year 10 students.
  • There should be depth before breadth. Maximise learning time in all subjects.
  • Targeted intervention for literacy and numeracy 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.
  • To support induction into next steps for all students

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
  • Humanities- 2 sessions per week
  • Physical Education- 3 sessions per week
  • Mentoring– 1 session per week
  • Literacy & Numeracy- 1 session per week
  • SMSC- 1 session per week 
  • Spark2Life PSHRE- 1 session per week 
  • Wellbeing & Enrichment- 3 sessions per week
Subjects available to all Year 10 students:
  • English language and literature– 4 sessions per week
  • Maths– 4 sessions per week
  • Science– 3 sessions per week
  • Citizenship– 2 sessions per week
  • Creative Arts / Drama– 3 sessions per week
  • Physical Education– 3 sessions per week
  • Careers– 1 session per week
  • Mentoring– 1 session per week
  • SMSC- 1 session per week 
  • Spark2Life PSHRE- 1 session per week 
  • Wellbeing & Enrichment- 2 sessions per week
Subjects available to all Year 11 students:
  • English language and literature– 5 sessions per week
  • Maths– 4 sessions per week
  • Biology– 3 sessions per week
  • Citizenship– 2 sessions per week
  • Creative Arts / Drama– 3 sessions per week
  • Physical Education– 3 sessions per week
  • Careers– 2 sessions per week
  • Spark2Life PSHRE- 1 session per week 
  • Wellbeing & Enrichment- 2 sessions per week
GCSE Subjects and examinations boards:
  • English Literature – AQA
  • English Language – AQA
  • Maths – Edexcel  Pearson
  • Biology – AQA
  • 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  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.

 

If you require more information about our curriculum offer, please contact the Head Teacher, Liz Rattue