All of our students are able to benefit from a well delivered curriculum that fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum as well as providing additional options. In particular our curriculum provides:-
Each student studies a range of subjects, covering the breadth of learning experiences.
No particular subject area predominates at the expense of others.
The Curriculum meets the current perceived future needs of our students; this includes the use of appropriate technology and vocational awareness and experience.
Each individual child should be able to have access to the Curriculum at their own particular level.
Students are able to build on their previous experiences to move on to more complex situations.
AN INTEGRAL ROLE FOR TECHNOLOGY
We are committed to ensuring that technology, particularly information and communications technology, is accessed across the curriculum.
A CENTRAL PLACE FOR THE STUDENTS
Students are increasingly directly involved in their own learning including, where appropriate, choosing their own learning paths.
Our curriculum is supplemented by a wide range of clubs, activities, trips and visits from a wide range of areas including music, drama and sport.
KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM
All students in Year 7 will study the same subjects, mostly in ability sets.
Whatever the nature of the grouping which is in operation, students will be taught at the most appropriate level according to their ability. We are, for example, committed to providing challenging activities for our most able students. Special Needs support is provided where necessary.
Students are taught the following subjects in Year 7:
- Design Technology
- Food and Textiles Studies
- Religious Studies
- Personal and Social Development
- Art and Design
- Physical Education.
In addition, most students are introduced to Spanish in Year 8.
In Year 9 all students are given an element of choice in their curriculum in Year 9. This means that pupils spend longer on subjects that they enjoy and are doing best in as well as being better prepared for starting GCSE in that area of study should an individual choose to continue in Year 10 and 11.
By Easter of Year 9 all pupils will have started completed their Key Stage 3 studies and began GCSE courses in Maths, English and Science.
KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM
In March of Year 9, students choose their options for Key Stage 4, in most cases leading to GCSE. Pupils are given guidance about courses through a booklet, careers advice and an interview with senior staff. There is a Parents’ Evening for consultation with staff. Every effort is made to ensure that pupils have a balanced curriculum suited to their individual needs.
All students take:
- English Literature
- Science (including for some Triple Science)
- Religious Studies and Human Development
- Physical Education
PLUS choices from :
- Humanities – History, Geography, Religious Studies
- Modern Languages – French, Spanish
- Creative and Physical Studies – Art, Drama, Food Studies, Music, Physical Education, Design Technology, Photography
- Applied Studies – Business Studies, Child Development
For some students for whom it is appropriate we personalise the curriculum still further to include working with high quality vocational placement providers to broaden their educational experiences beyond the academic.
SIXTH FORM CURRICULUM
We offer a wide range of A-Levels and Advanced Vocational qualifications to challenge the students wishing to continue in full time education after their GCSEs with us.
Local schools and colleges are increasingly collaborating with each other. We have formed very close links with George Stephenson High School and have a joint sixth form with George Stephenson.
The great majority of our Sixth Formers lessons are delivered here but we also transport students for jointly delivered courses and have done this very successfully for a number of years now.
Below is a list of the courses that we currently offer to Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary standard:
- Applied Business
- Applied Health and Social Care
- Applied ICT
- Applied Science
- BTEC Music
- English Language
- English Literature
- Further Maths
- Media Studies
- Physical Education and Sport
- Product Design
- Philosophy and ethics
- Theatre Studies