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Curriculum Structure

Curriculum Structure for September 2015

KS3

Students in Year 7, 8 & 9 cover all National Curriculum subjects, plus Drama and Reading lessons.

All students who study French in Year 9, are entered for the FCSE (Foundation Certificate in Secondary Education).

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Periods allocated to each subject in KS3

Groupings
In Year 7, 8 and 9 are grouped into 3 mixed ability classes and one class containing the more able.  For all foundation subjects,  English and maths are set according to ability.

Y7 for English and Maths
Students who are not making expected progress in English and maths, from levels 3/4/5 are withdrawn for half a term, to focus on catching up in these core subjects.  

Year 8 and Year 9 English/EAL Support
A small group is created at the same time as English lessons, for students who arrive with little or no English, with the aim of students moving quickly into other groups. The EAL department follow the English scheme of work for GCSE.

KS4
All students will study English Language and English Literature, maths and most of the students will follow Additional Science course with a small group studying Core Science.  All students will also do PE and RE.  In addition, they will then be given the choice of 4 options totalling 9 GCSEs. 

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The options available to each student in Y10 are:

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A small number of students will follow a slightly adapted curriculum which will include a BTEC Travel & Tourism and additional support lessons to help access the curriculum, plus Core Science only.  Some students at KS4 will follow the VCert route in practical subjects.

Along with the options, students are also given the opportunity to achieve a GCSE grade in their Home Language.

Intervention/Support
Support is given to those with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) and with English as an additional language (EAL).  This support may be within lessons, small group work, literacy and numeracy support groups as well as 1:1.

The school subscribes to several internet based ICT programs to support students at home and in school. Please see Supporting Learning Document for KS3.

Drop Days
Throughout the year, four days are allocated to Drop Days which cover all aspects of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) learning.  These are days when the normal school timetable for all year groups is suspended with the following areas being covered:

  • Society
  • Finance
  • Careers
  • Health and Relationships

During these days, students will also cover cyber safety/e-safety, work experience and applications for colleges, money matters and personal well-being.