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Aim of the curriculum
The curriculum is designed to be balanced and broadly based and to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our students and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. The School inculcates the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
In Year 7, the year will be split into two equal ability populations and setting will occur by subject in Mathematics only. Two equal ability populations are created for the rest of the curriculum and subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.
From Year 8, ability setting by subject will continue throughout the school in Mathematics and English. Setting in each subject is independent of that in the other subject. These sets are constantly reviewed and changes made whenever necessary.
Subjects for Year 7, 8 and 9
All students are taught core subjects: English including Philosophy for Children, Mathematics, Science and PE.
In addition, they will also be taught the following:
•Humanities subjects: History, Geography, Religious Education.
•Modern Foreign Languages: Either one or two languages from French, Spanish, German and Mandarin.
•Arts: Art, Dance, Drama and Music
•Design Technology, Computing and Food
•Personal, Social and Health Education, which is taught via timetable enrichment days at various times through the year.
Subjects for Year 10 and 11
All students study English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, PE/Games, PHSE, Careers, and Religious Education. Students select a further four option subjects. These options include:
•Modern Foreign Languages: French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.
•Humanities: Geography, History, Business Studies and Sociology.
•Arts: Music, Drama, Dance, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles.
Health: Catering, Child Development or GCSE PE
•ICT – Computing and Information Communication Technology
•Design Technology – Resistant Materials and Graphic Products.
We believe that homework makes an invaluable contribution to students’ progress, and so we support them to find good independent learning habits either at home, or in the school library with its extensive IT facilities. Show My Homework in our online homework provision and can be accessed via the school website.
Students have told us that they prefer variety in the tasks set and to have choice. Therefore tasks and projects range from interviews, experiments, research and essay writing. Every student has a personal homework organiser and guidelines on the length of appropriate study.