Starting from such a high academic baseline, our students need a curriculum which offers challenge and progression appropriate to their ability. Our carefully tailored approach aims to ensure that every student is able to develop her potential to the full.
To find out more information about our curriculum, please contact Mrs A Wade, Deputy Headteacher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is covered in two years, allowing students in Year 9 greater freedom to embark upon their examination work in more depth and breadth and thus further their interests. It emphasizes the development of the skills needed to succeed in school and later life as well as an understanding of subjects. The school’s VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) allows students to begin to take more responsibility for their own learning and to follow their interests. The KS3 curriculum has a broad and balanced range of subjects and within the lessons students are offered appropriate stretch, challenge and support in order to excel.
Key Stage 4
Our philosophy is that students should be encouraged to continue with a broad and balanced curriculum, while also being able to begin to specialise in the subjects at which they particularly excel. Students, parents/carers and staff co-operate closely in the choosing of options. The options structure is currently built around students’ choices. Currently students sit their final GCSE examinations at the end of Year 10 for GCSE RS and for the option subject they chose in Year 8.
Those students who are ready for more advanced study are given the opportunity to deepen and extend their studies at a rate which is most appropriate for them. Options are chosen at the end of Year 8 and Year 9.
Further guidance is given in PSHE lessons and in Form Tutor periods. Students may also make an appointment with our independent Careers Advisor.
Students study three A level subjects and the EPQ. The EPQ provides valuable additional qualifications at advanced level for all students. A number of the most able students study four A level subjects and this is decided on an individual basis. The focus on post-16 options continues throughout Year 11 and, again, individual discussions with students inform our option planning. In addition, students engage with an enrichment programme consisting of a choice of activities from vocational work experience, volunteering and community work, additional studies in Mathematics, a range of non-academic awards including Life Guard training and Duke of Edinburgh.