All students study the full national curriculum. We offer a wide range of academic and vocational courses and ensure that option choices are varied and suited to the talents and aspirations of all our students.
Students are set by ability in their core subjects (Maths, English and Science) in the Autumn term of Year 7 so that teaching can focus on individual need. In their other subjects they are taught in mixed ability groups (much like as at primary school), but work is differentiated to ensure that all are working to achieve their full potential. This arrangement continues in Years 8 and 9.
Setting takes place in the core subjects in Years 10 and 11 and the students choose their option subjects from a very wide range to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum.
During Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) our students study English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, Technology, PE, Art, Music, a Modern Foreign Language (either French or Spanish), Drama, Dance and Citizenship.
Towards the end of Key Stage 3 our students are given a choice of options for their Key Stage 4 studies (Years 10 and 11). All students must study English, Maths and Science and RE and PE. The range of options includes GCSE courses in History, Geography, Religious Studies, French, German, Product Design, Textiles, PE, ICT, Art, Music, Dance and Drama. BTec courses in Health and Social Care, Business, Sport & Science are also offered. In addition some students also follow a number of vocational courses at local colleges.
All pupils with Special Educational Needs are required to participate in all areas of the curriculum as the support offered is of such a level that no level of SEN is allowed to be a barrier to a broad and balanced curriculum and learning experience.
It is the responsibility of each parent to ensure that students are completing the homework set. This is set regularly with Year 7 students expected to do about an hour each night; this rises to an hour and a half in Year 8 and to 2 hours during examination years. Our Homework Schedule for Years 7, 8 and 9 is published on our website.
The school prospectus can be found below
“Pupils know their targets and their high-quality work in their books demonstrates that they make good progress. As a result, pupils do as well as, or better than, other pupils nationally in their GCSE examinations in nearly all subject areas” (Ofsted, March 2016)