Secondary Phase 1

In Phase 1 all students follow the National Curriculum. The year groups are divided into mixed ability bands for the majority of subjects. A small transition group is available to students who need extra support for social and emotional as well as learning needs. The transition group follows an adapted curriculum to meet the needs of the students within the group.

The following subjects are taught in Phase 1

Computer Science
Ethics, Religion, Ideas, Citizenship (ERIC)
Physical Education
Modern Languages
Humanities (Transition Group)

Assessment Without Levels

See the information booklet below.

Secondary Phase 2

In Phase 2 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.

Students who due to emotional, social and learning difficulties find it difficult to succeed in main stream classes are placed in a small nurture group where they follow a personalised curriculum, joining the main school to study their GCSE options. For students who find it difficult to succeed and learn in a main stream environment we have an Alternative Provision Class who follow a core curriculum together with vocational courses run by local learning providers.

Core subjects

English Language
English Literature
Separate Sciences
Core & Additional Science
Technical Award Information Technology (selected students)
Languages (selected students)
Physical Education 
Ethics, Religion, Ideas,
Citizenship (ERIC)

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 2017 Year 9 students will study three 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. Year 10 students will study 2 option subjects over 2 years whilst Year 11 students will complete their final GCSE over one year.

Option subjects

GCSE Photography
GCSE Geography
BTEC Performing Arts (Acting)
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Food and CookeryGCSE MusicGCSE Religious Studies
GCSE History
GCSE Fine ArtGCSE Art Textiles
GCSE Spanish
GCSE Mathematics (Higher Statistics)
GCSE Psychology
GCSE Business StudiesTechnical Award in Materials Technology
L2 Child Development and Care
GCSE SociologyBTEC Creative Media ProductionGCSE Computer ScienceGCSE PEGCSE Dance

You can find further option subjects information here.

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