We offer a curriculum that is designed to encourage all students to challenge themselves throughout their five years with us, so that they discover their true potential. Students will be taught a broad range of subjects; guided to make ambitious and logical choices; gain many experiences through trips, visits and collaborative learning; and have time to develop their understanding of their place in society, both locally and globally. Our intent is to develop the skills and teach the knowledge that will allow our students, regardless of their prior learning and background, to become well rounded and resilient young people who are well equipped for the world beyond College.

KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

All students will be taught a broad range of subjects in KS3 before they chose their options in Year 9. The Team Leader for each subject will consider the national curriculum, to devise a curriculum that has been carefully planned to take into account the prior learning of students. The Vice Principal responsible for the academic curriculum will annually review the range of subjects offered, to ensure they remain appropriate. In addition all students access wider learning through our Electives Programme that runs on a Wednesday afternoon. Please click on the following links to find out more about electives, trips and extra-curricular activities.

To find out more about our KS3 curriculum you can download the booklet here.

YEAR 9 OPTIONS

In Year 9 students will meet individually with a senior leader for guidance in selecting their options. Student will also discuss their options with their parents and then a final choice will be agreed according to the subjects the College offers, career aspirations and prior academic performance. To support students we suggest for each a pathway based on their prior attainment and staff professional judgement. The EBAC combination is possible in all three pathways.

We are clear that while promoting a broad range of academic subjects we also consider students best interests and long term life chances. We are therefore flexible in our discussions to ensure option choices are are in the students’ best long term interests. Students with the agreement of a senior leader may therefore move across pathways wholly or partly.

We are usually able to accommodate the vast majority of student choices however it is ultimately the College who will make the final determination to meet the needs of the majority.

PATHWAY 1

A highly academic curriculum that offers students a challenging suite of qualifications that will prepare them well for A levels and rigorous degree courses at the best universities. Students following this route will study physics, chemistry and biology or computer science alongside a modern foreign language, a humanities course and a creative subject.

You can download a version of this booklet here.

PATHWAY 2

An academic pathway that allows a little more flexibility of choice so that should a student have a strong desire to take more than one creative option they can do so. This pathway offers Synergy science, which is worth two GCSE and is most suitable for students likely to take science at a foundation level (grades 1-5) and are not anticipating progressing to an A level in a science. Within this pathway there are also applied courses available depending on the interests and personal goals of the individual. This pathway will still prepare students for A levels but also for apprenticeships or other more applied Level 3 qualifications.

You can download a version of this booklet here.

PATHWAY 3

This range of courses offers core subjects, academic GCSEs and applied courses. This pathway is designed to ensure that all students will achieve those qualifications that offer them the best life chances. This includes further curriculum time to study a reduced number of options in Study Support. This extra small group intervention allows us to support these students so that they achieve well in their other subjects. The subject choices will vary depending on the needs of individuals.

You can download a version of this booklet here.

KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

Throughout this two-year Key Stage students will continue to have core PE curriculum time. They will also continue their religious studies education and be taught Relationships and Sex Education in line with statutory guidance (that comes into effect in September 2020) through the PSHE curriculum taught in tutorial lessons, compulsory Electives, trips and assemblies. The full PSHE curriculum can be found by clicking here.

In addition to PE and PSHE, students will follow a suite of qualifications selected during the options process in Year 9. For further details of the 3 Pathways please see above.

For more details of our Curriculum please click here to view our policy.