Students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups in English, science, art, drama, music, computing, history, geography, RE (reflections) and learning links or smaller teaching groups in the case of PE and DT (innovations).
They are taught in groups set on attainment in mathematics and Spanish. Assessments take place regularly and movement between groups happen throughout the year.
We believe that it is vitally important that our students are equipped with the right practical and emotional skills to allow them to make the most of their opportunities and responsibilities and to flourish in the 21st century. To support this aim we have a comprehensive program for the teaching of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, and Careers guidance. This program is delivered through a varied model of form time learning activities, 2 year group assemblies per week, Bright Days (dedicated days where the normal curriculum is suspended), and within the schemes of work of relevant subjects. This approach continues throughout all year groups in the school
In Year 8 students are taught in tutor groups in English, science, art, drama, music, computing, history, geography and reflections or smaller mixed ability teaching groups in the case of PE and DT (innovations).
Groups based on attainment continue to operate in mathematics and languages. Approximately half the cohort will study a second language, French, whilst the rest start a 2 year GCSE course in Spanish.
In Year 9 students follow the same curriculum as in year 8. English and science are also set based on attainment. All other groupings are are taught in mixed ability settings.
In February of Year 9 the majority of pupils choose 4 option subjects to study in years 10 and 11. Certain pupils will have a slightly adapted curriculum that better fits their needs. You can view the most recent options booklet via the link below. Subject choices may change dependent on when you are viewing the booklet.
Year 10 and 11
During Year 10 and 11 all students are required to study the core subjects of English Language and English Literature, mathematics and science. For the great majority of pupils these will result in GCSE entry at the end of year 11. The remainder of the curriculum will see the majority of pupils studying 4 options resulting in examination in year 11 and a non-examination core PE course. English, maths and science are taught in classes set by ability. All other courses are taught in mixed ability groups.
Year 12 and 13
The sixth form curriculum is structured such that students will study a minimum of 3 A levels. The option of taking a 4th A level is available in certain circumstances. We have a wide range of A level subjects to choose from, as with GCSE options these are open to change. The current subjects offered can be viewed in our sixth form prospectus. Pupils will also benefit from a wide range of enrichment opportunities and pastoral support. Details of these can also be seen in the sixth form prospectus which can be viewed via the link below.