Academic

Our school week is organised into 30 lessons, each of 50 minutes. We operate a two-week timetable to allow for an even spread of teaching.

Year 7 and 8

In Year 7 and Year 8 students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that builds on what they have learnt in primary schools. Whilst we have a focus on the traditional subjects, we see Year 7 and Year 8 as an opportunity for students to engage in creative and practical subjects and provide opportunities that will stretch students’ thinking, providing new and exciting opportunities. Students have lessons in Mathematics, English, Science, Computing, Technology (Product Design, Graphics, Textiles, Food and Nutrition) Art, History, Geography, PTE (Philosophy, Theology, Ethics), Physical Education, Music, Drama, Dance, French and Spanish. Students also have one lesson per week with their form tutor to cover a range of topics in the PSHEE curriculum. Students are taught in mixed ability teaching groups for the majority of subjects in Years 7 and 8. However, students will be taught in sets for Mathematics and English and in smaller teaching groups for Design Technology.

Year 9

In Year 9 we start to introduce the concept of specialisation in some subject areas. Due to the new GCSE requirements, students start GCSE courses in English, Mathematics, MFL (Modern Foreign Languages), PTE (Philosophy, Theology, Ethics) and Science in Year 9. Students will have the opportunity to choose specialist areas in Design Technology and the Creative Arts and to choose whether to continue with two languages or specialise in either French or Spanish. These options allow students the chance to explore a smaller number of subjects in more depth before making the important decision as to which GCSEs they will take in Key Stage 4. We prepare students for the option choices in both Year 8 and Year 9 by holding a series of assemblies, information sessions and parent information evenings.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students follow a curriculum that is suited to their needs, abilities and aspirations. All students follow a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, PE and PSHEE. Many students also continue to study either Religious Studies or ICT as a core element of the curriculum. Students can then select 3 or 4 options from a wide and extensive range of courses. Many students continue to study History, Geography and Languages, but we also encourage students to maintain a creative or practical choice for at least one GCSE course.