Our Curriculum

Our intent, underpinned by PROUD, is to achieve and maintain the highest standards of learning and personal responsibility within a caring and secure atmosphere, in which all members of the school family – students, staff, parents, governors and community – are valued. Our intent is summarised in the statement ‘Inspiring minds, growing learners’.

We will:

  • ensure the curriculum conforms to the national curriculum programme of study and all other statutory requirements at both key stage 3 and key stage 4;
  • provide a rigorous academic curriculum, including the opportunity to study the EBacc suite of subjects, which is ambitious, broad, balanced, inclusive, challenging and relevant to all students;
  • ensure that the curriculum is flexible to meet the needs of students who require a personalised approach and an alternative pathway;
  • use the curriculum to address disadvantage and provide equality of opportunity;
  • ensure that the curriculum contains depth and breadth of content and knowledge and that the progression of these elements are an integral element in curriculum planning and sequencing so that all students can access the curriculum and make progress from KS2 into KS3 and then again into KS4 and beyond;
  • use teachers’ speaking, writing and reading of English as a model for students’ language development and develop students’ reading, writing and numeracy skills so they are better able to access the curriculum;
  • focus on the development of tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary so that students can access a deep body of knowledge and can articulate their thoughts with clarity through the written and spoken word;
  • encourage students to read for understanding, fluency and pleasure;
  • maintain high standards of teaching and learning via high quality targeted professional development so that subject areas are able to develop their curriculum content as well as improving their pedagogy;
  • deliver the curriculum using specialists and where this is not possible provide appropriate support and frameworks;
  • encourage students to be curious learners, ask questions and love the subjects that they are taught;
  • allow students opportunities to experience the wider world around them through educational visits, extra-curricular provision, external visitors and experience of higher education;
  • provide students with the opportunity to appreciate their local community, city and county and how this continues to contribute to the wider world;
  • promote positive relationships across the school community and beyond so that social interactions are honest and productive;
  • provide students with guidance in their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development so they are equipped to play a full, active and purposeful part in modern society;
  • promote tolerance, individual liberty and mutual respect;
  • nurture each student’s unique sense of identity and belonging relating, but not limited, to their interests, faith, gender, sexuality, cultural heritage, history, beliefs or communities;
  • promote confidence and resilience in our students so they are able to navigate the challenges of modern life, recognising their strengths and weaknesses and communicating effectively when they need support or guidance;
  • encourage an understanding of how good physical and mental health are central to a happy life and how students can maintain their well-being in all its dimensions;
  • equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe, including staying safe online, and to communicate when they do not feel safe;
  • provide students with independent and up to date careers guidance so that they are well informed about the different pathways available to them and so that they can progress into further education, employment and training;
  • prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

The Options Process

In Year 9, students will make choices in relation to the optional subjects they are able to study in Years 10 and 11. The options evening for students currently in year 9 will be held in January 2020. Further information will be provided then.

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