It is our belief that in the early stages of their school career the majority of students do not have a clear idea of the direction they may wish to take in later life. As a result we provide students with a broad and balanced curriculum from the moment they join us in Year 7, enabling them to experience a range of subjects throughout their time at the school. As they progress through the school students have the opportunity to narrow down the number of subjects they will study during the GCSE and A Level options process. However they will be able to choose from a broader range of options as new subjects are added at these points.
Lower Academy: Years 7 and 8
Director of Lower Academy – Mrs R Hales
The aim in the first two years is to give all pupils a sound basis in skills and content that generally follows National Curriculum requirements, whilst also preparing them for the examination courses which will follow later. In the Lower School, all pupils usually study the same range of subjects that reinforces and then builds upon their Key Stage 2 experiences. Variations may exist due to individual educational needs or to provide specific student with the opportunity to study languages such as Polish or Guajarati. In either circumstance such routes will be discussed with parents/carers beforehand.
Our Lower School education is a unique experience in that the Year 7 and 8 students remain separated from the rest of the school with their own dining area, learning classrooms, corridors and recreation areas. The curriculum is designed to support the mastery of topics and theories with students encouraged to develop their learning and understanding linked to the work and skills they will pursue further at GCSE level.
Our unique situation helps with not only their initial integration into a secondary education setting, but ensures that they continual develop personally and educationally before they graduate into the Upper school and begin their new GCSE courses.
A visual representation of the Lower Academy curriculum is shown below. (Lesson hours per fortnight are shown in brackets)
Upper Academy: Years 9, 10 and 11
Director of Upper Academy – Mr J Hunt
For most students the culmination of all of their studies comes together in the work they do in Years 9 to 11. As well as continuing their studies in English, Mathematics, Science and RE, students now have an opportunity to specialise and select subjects from option blocks.
All of the subject courses offered lead to GCSE and other equivalent qualifications at the end of Year 11.
The range of option subjects available includes: Geography, History, Art, Drama, Music, Dance, PE, Spanish, French, Gujarati, Polish, Food Technology, Graphics, Textiles, Media Studies, Health & Social Care, Psychology, Computing, Product Design, Photography and Business Studies.
A visual representation of the Upper Academy curriculum is shown below. (Lesson hours per fortnight are shown in brackets)
Sixth Form: Years 12 and 13
For information about the Sixth Form curriculum, please access the Sixth Form area of the website.