The foundations of a broad, balanced curriculum are laid in Years 7, 8 and 9. This is continued in Years 10 and 11 where the curriculum is based on a core of subjects, which all students must follow, complemented by a small amount of choice.
As an 11-19 school our courses are designed wherever possible to complement those offered in our Sixth Form.
The compulsory core curriculum subjects are:
Careers and Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education
PE (no examination)
Religious Education (no examination)
In order to offer our students a more bespoke offer, we have divided the curriculum into two 'learning pathways' within which all students are able to access a range of suitable subject choices and achieve their potential at GCSE or equivalent.
Learning Pathway 1
This is recommended for students who complete the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualification. Last year 29% of our year 11 students achieved the English Baccalaureate, which is well above the national figure of 20% and the local authority figure of 16%. We expect to improve on this figure in the coming years.
The EBacc requires GCSE passes at grade 5 or above in English, mathematics, at least two sciences, a modern foreign language and a humanity subject (either geography or history).
The EBacc may become a requirement for entry into university and is already considered by many of the more reputable universities when selecting students.
Students following a 'Learning Pathway 1' curriculum must choose a Modern Foreign Language (either French and/or German) and a Humanities subject (either Georgraphy and /or History), and make one other choice from the options available
Learning Pathway 2
This is recommended for students who may struggle to achieve the required grades in all of the Ebacc subjects. Students who are recommended for Learning Pathway 2 are encouraged to make a balanced choice from the available subjects, and in some cases, may take a reduced number of subjects to allow them to focus on the core elements (i.e. English, maths, science).
Students will have already been told which pathway will be most suitable to them.
To ensure that both parents and students are fully informed, information will be provided at a number of key points:
Tuesday 27th February - Learning Pathways booklets issued
Tuesday 6th March - Year 9 Interim report and Learning Pathways form issued
Tuesday 13th March - Year 9 Progress Evening
16th March - Learning Pathways form completed and handed in to form tutor.
Please find below copies of the two Learning Pathways booklets for further information on the subjects offered and course content.