Our Curriculum in Years 7 – 11

Secondary Phase 1

In Phase 1 (years 7 and 8) all students follow the National Curriculum. The year groups are divided into mixed ability bands for the majority of subjects.

The following subjects are taught in Phase 1

Mathematics
English
Science
Computer Science
Drama
Music
Art
Geography
PSCHE
History
Ethics, Religion, Ideas, Citizenship (ERIC)
Physical Education
Technology
Modern Languages
Humanities


Assessment Without Levels

See the information booklet below.

Secondary Phase 2

In Phase 2 (years 9, 10 and 11) students are placed in two half year bands. The year groups are divided into mixed ability bands for all subjects. A blend of mixed ability and ‘setted’ teaching is used throughout Phase 2 depending on the subject style of delivery and the need to maximise student progress. Where possible, the curriculum is arranged to allow for free movement between sets so learning is matched to individual needs.

Core subjects

Mathematics
English Language
English Literature
Separate Sciences or
Combined Science
Languages (selected students)
Physical Education
Ethics, Religion, Ideas,
Citizenship (ERIC)
History or Geography (selected students)

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

A broad range of GCSE subjects are offered to our students, with EBacc options featuring strongly. The following subjects are offered: Computer Science, Geography, History, French, Spanish, as well as the opportunity to sit GCSEs in heritage languages. The EBacc is not a compulsory element of our curriculum, however, students studying languages as core, are strongly advised to study these facilitating subjects with a view to future study at top universities.

From September 2018 Year 9 students will study four options across a variety of subjects, including humanities, social sciences, technology, the arts, and a choice of computing qualifications, thus ensuring that a balanced variety of subjects to suit all learners is maintained.

Option subjects

L2 Child Development and Care
GCSE Computing
GCSE Media Studies
GCSE Music
GCSE Physical Education
GCSE Sociology
Technical Award in Materials Technology
GCSE Art & Design (Art, Craft & Design)
GCSE Computing
BTEC Creative Media Production
GCSE Dance
BTEC Performing Arts
GCSE Psychology
GCSE Statistics
NCFE Food & Cookery
GCSE Art & Design (Art, Craft & Design)
GCSE French
Technical Award in Materials Technology
GCSE Art & Design (Art, Craft & Design)
L2 Child Development and Care
GCSE History
GCSE Geography
BTEC Creative Media Production
GCSE History
GCSE Geography
NCFE Food & Cookery
BTEC Performing Arts
GCSE Physical Education

You can find further option subjects information here.

Teachers’ good relationships with pupils promotes their learning.
Ofsted 2017

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