Curriculum Statement 2019/20
Our curriculum is based on the principle that young people need knowledge about the world in order to make sense of it; understand it and be independent adults able to improve and affect society positively. Every young person leaves the school with set of academic qualifications that enables them to have choice about their futures. Alongside this, our curriculum prepares students for life beyond school by developing skills such as resilience, independence and an awareness of the world they will enter. This includes the understanding of British Values and a willingness to engage in and learn about ethical, philosophical and religious issues with maturity, respect and tolerance.
The extracurricular opportunities offered by the school are varied. We expect and support all our students to participate in fundraising, community activities, teambuilding, educational trips and memorable experiences. Our students live in rural communities and small towns and villages; we want them to gain the cultural capital and understanding of the world that will make them successful adults.
The curriculum has been developed with two core purposes:
- To teach and develop the skills required for successful adulthood in modern British society and beyond.
- To teach the knowledge and content required to successfully leave the school with high currency qualifications enabling students to enter the next phase of their choice.
Each subject has identified the body of knowledge it sees as the most powerful topics for our students to understand. At KS3 this complements the more rigid knowledge specified in the KS4 and 5 specifications. Schemes of learning have The National Curriculum (DFE 2014) at their heart but recognise the skills, assessment styles and content required in new Level 2 (GCSE) and Level 3 (A Level) specifications.
We aim to develop a curriculum that supports the key values of the school:
Equality (and equity)
In addition, we aim to:
- Challenge all students through the implementation of our curriculum regardless of prior attainment
- Be fully inclusive whilst ensuring the curriculum is suited to the needs of the child
- Offer students pathways that cater for their aspirations and educational requirements
- Retain the breadth offered at KS3 whilst enabling students to try KS4 subjects in Year 9
- Enhance the formal curriculum through a varied extra-curricular offer and opportunities to gain Cultural capital through memorable experiences.
The school encourages and supports its disadvantaged students to participate in activities that will enhance their aspirations and confidence to learn as well as complementing their academic progress.