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Our Curriculum


The Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum is holistic to provide the full range of learning and development needed for each of our students to be successful throughout life. Each of our provisions tailors their curriculum to match the needs of the current cohort so we are highly committed as a Group to being innovation, solutions-focused and proactive to mould a curriculum for the specific needs of each child. We create opportunities to track progress across the three areas of our curriculum design: safeguarding; wellbeing and academic progress.

Our focus is tailored across the KS3, Year 10 and Mixed Year 10/Year 11 GCSE classes providing for all our students. This will always include the key priorities of English; Maths; Science and SMSC. Our curriculum aims to promote confidence, transferrable skills for success lifelong and includes growth mindset principles to empower our young people to  thrive and set themselves aspirational goals. Achievement and progress are fundamental as well as developing active leadership skills to enable our young people to make a positive difference to the Waltham Forest and beyond.

Our students at KS4 are typically very successful in a range of GCSE's including the core subjects. We also offer B-Tech qualifications, Functional Skills and where we can accommodate we support the pupils through options that may have been started in their mainstream school. We review our curriculum on a regular basis to ensure it meets the needs of our changing cohort and include Arts Awards, Sports and a choice of vocational Unit Awards to support progress in employability areas.

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 – 3 sessions per week
  • Maths – 3 sessions per week
  • Science – 3 sessions per week
  • Creative Arts– 3 sessions per week
  • Citizenship - 3 sessions per week
  • Physical Education - 3 sessions per week
  • Humanities – 1 session per week
  • Careers – 1 session per week
  • AQA unit awards – 1 session per week
  • Mentoring – 1 session per week
  • Tutorial / SMSC - Daily

Subjects available to all KS4 students:

  • English language and literature – 3 sessions per week
  • Maths – 3 sessions per week
  • Science – 3 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
  • Humanities – 1 session per week
  • Careers – 1 session per week
  • Mentoring – 1 session per week
  • Tutorial / SMSC - Daily

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

For more information regarding the curriculum followed, or GCSE examination subjects studied, please contact Sarah Smith (Assistant Headteacher).