Our Curriculum Model Rationale and Entitlement

Our curriculum reflects the ambitious intentions of the National Curriculum.  Students begin their secondary experience studying a rich, academic programme of English, maths, science, geography, history, modern foreign languages, physical education, computer science, religious education and citizenship studied through our RE/Life programme and a range of creative and expressive arts including art, music, drama or dance and technology subjects such as food, textiles, resistant materials etc. This broad academic study continues throughout Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. During these first years of their secondary education, this curriculum entitlement is enhanced further with opportunities, through our elective curriculum, for subject mastery and further breadth eg. MFL club offers an introduction to a second language, sports clubs and societies offer elite sports. Students study a broad range of subjects to deepen their educational experience and build a solid foundation of subject knowledge and skills.

Academic & technical study at Level 1 / Level 2 (including GCSE) are studied across two years offering a wide entitlement to subjects including those which make up the Full English Baccalaureate* i.e. GCSE in one English (Literature or English Language), mathematics, two sciences (including computer science), one humanities subject (geography or history) and a modern foreign language. There is opportunity to study triple or combined sciences and a wide selection of open subjects are offered including a range of creative and expressive arts subjects, religious education, technology subjects, physical education, social sciences including Business Studies etc. We design time and flexibility for large numbers of students to choose creative subjects for study up to 16 years old. Further personalisation and flexibility in the curriculum architecture allows students to extend their studies in Year 11 with an aspirational course aimed at adding value to their future career aspirations. This includes courses in Further Mathematics, Astronomy, Latin, Sports Science and Photography. Within this flexibility, opportunity is also constructed to facilitate additional English and Maths study for those students who require this support or who wish to achieve in these subjects at the very highest level to facilitate future A-level choices. 

* To achieve the Full English Baccalaureate students must achieve a Grade 5 in each of these subjects.