Curriculum/Options

 

Curriculum

Aims

Our curriculum aims to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced education for all pupils
  • Enable pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations
  • Support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Support pupils’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active
  • Promote a positive attitude towards learning
  • Ensure equal access to learning, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support
  • Provide subject choices that support pupils’ learning and progression, and enable them to work towards achieving their goals

The FULL Curriculum Policy can be found here


Intent

The main aim of the curriculum is to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills, attributes and attitudes that are necessary for each pupil’s self-fulfilment and development as a successful lifelong learner. The curriculum prepares our pupils for further study, employment and adult life by enabling them to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve success;
  • ​self-motivated and disciplined in their approach to learning;
  • ​confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives, and
  • Responsible citizens who will be able to make a positive contribution to society.

To this end, the school sets out to achieve well-educated pupils by:

  • recognising the individual needs and talents of each pupil and facilitating development of their intellectual, moral, social, physical, spiritual and creative capacities;
  • ensuring that the curriculum incorporates statutory requirements, yet is flexible and relevant to pupil needs;
  • Preparing pupils for the world of work.

Implementation

The curriculum has been designed to meet the individual needs and aspirations of our pupils and the community in ways that:

  • challenge all pupils to achieve by offering a variety of appropriate teaching and learning methods;
  • raise aspirations and sets appropriate challenges;
  • involve pupils in the learning process by discussing work, giving regular feedback through assessment and marking, negotiating targets and encouraging pupils to evaluate their own achievements;
  • develop a sense of enquiry, an ability to question, solve problems and argue rationally;
  • allow personalisation, including one-to-one tuition and individual interventions, when needed;
  • encourage pupils to be independent learners, sound decision-makers and adaptable to change;
  • make sense to pupils so that they can make the connections between different subjects, skills and qualifications;
  • develop self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence;
  • ensure the planned learning experience has a clear sense of purpose relating to and building on pupils’ knowledge and experiences of the world in which they live;
  • foster good learning relationships between teachers and pupils and between pupils and their peers, so encouraging tolerance and challenges to stereotypes;
  • provide opportunities for pupils to learn on their own, in a team, or in large or small groups, encouraging a sense of responsibility and self-discipline;
  • encourage reward and values both achievement and effort through praise in the learning environment;
  • include global, national and local dimensions;
  • ensure pupils develop the skills and abilities needed for success in life that can be applied in a range of contexts;
  • prepare pupils for the responsibilities and opportunities they may face in adult life;
  • provide opportunities for pupils to work at their own pace
  • reflect and makes use of current technology;
  • Keep parents regularly informed about progress, achievements and effort.

Impact

Students are assessed regularly using a variety of methods to ensure that the learning has been effective and any gaps in knowledge can be addressed.

The methods to assess pupils include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Big Assessments (End of term tests)
  • End of year exams
  • Verbally in lessons
  • Using AfL Techniques
  • Mini Quizzes (Whiteboards)
  • Any other creative techniques teachers feel are effective in their subjects

Pupils are monitored and tracked by each Head of Department who report to the Senior Leader and Raising Standards Leader for KS3, KS4 or KS5 who oversee progress across the school are:

  • KS3 Leader
  • KS4 Leader
  • KS5 Leader

If you need to contact the school regarding our CURRICULUM,
please contact Mr Johnson or Mrs Silcock