Curriculum overview

Curriculum overview

Our curriculum aims to offer our students opportunities to develop the qualities and skills to transition successfully into the next stage of their learning.

The curriculum has been designed to promote the development of important life skills through strategies such as learning to learn in our nurture base. There is a clear focus on supporting the development of skills and character traits such as self-management, compassion and team work and there is an emphasis on promoting learning outside the classroom.

Our curriculum is designed to be flexible so it can be adapted to meet the individual needs of each student. We organize our learning groups on the principle of ‘stage not age’.  Students in Years 6 – 8 can benefit from our nurture base within our Ready to Learn area where English, Maths Humanities and Life Skills are delivered through a thematic, project based approach. Alternatively, students that are ready may join one of our learning groups following our Key Stage 3 curriculum:

Subject

Allocated teaching time (mins)

English

360

Maths

360

Science

90

ICT

90

PE

90

Life Skills

90

Art

90

Humanities

90

Design and Technology

90

Food Technology

90

Forest School

90

In Years 9 – 11 our curriculum enables our students to access a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects. Year 9 acts as foundation year where students attain Entry Level qualifications before moving on to GCSE, Functional Skills or vocational qualifications in Years 10 and 11:

Core Subjects

Allocated teaching time (mins)

English

360 (+45 in Year 11)

Maths

360 (+45 in Year 11)

ICT (Yr9 & 10)

90

PE

90

Life Skills

45 (+45 in Year 11)

 

 

Optional Subjects

 

Science

135

Horticulture

135

Animal Care

135

Food Technology

135

History

135

Religious Studies

135

Art

135

Design and Technology

135

Construction

135

PE

135

Bike Maintenance

135

Spanish

135

Curriculum content can be viewed by clicking on the relevant subject above.

Details of the courses and qualifications available to students in Key Stage 4 can be viewed here.