The school delivers the National Curriculum in Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9). During Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) all courses and examinations delivered follow the General Requirements for Regulated Qualifications as set by Ofqual. Within many areas cross-curricular themes such as Careers, Health Sex and Relationships Education and industry links form part of many subjects, and are an integral part of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship. The school is actively developing Enterprise and all year groups participate in Enterprise activities throughout the year. Programmes of study, examination specifications, options information and a copy of the School Improvement Plan are available on request from the Principal.
The school operates a 30 period week.
GCSE examinations assess not only memory and orderly presentation of facts, but also understanding, practical and other skills, and the ability to apply knowledge. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are also assessed in a range of subjects other than English.
We aim to enable all students to realise their full potential and encourage them to achieve their best. However, students have individual learning needs. As such students are placed into mixed ability tutor groups, but grouped according to ability in individual curriculum areas. We work to meet the needs of all students and a programme of support for students with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) is provided under the guidance of the Learning Support and Student Support teams. Students follow a common curriculum, although students will be withdrawn from certain lessons for a limited period to boost basic skills, i.e. in reading, writing, speaking and listening or mathematics.
At Key Stage 3 students follow the statutory curriculum comprising the following subjects:
English, Art & Design, Design & Technology, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education, PSHE, Religious Education and Science.
At Key Stage 4 students follow the statutory core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, PE and Citizenship, together with additional option subjects at GCSE or BTEC equivalent level.