On entry into the school pupils become members of a mixed aged house based tutor group. The tutor groups together with our strong primary school links and planned transition programme help ensure the move into secondary education is successful. The Form Tutor is central to the pastoral care and academic progress of our pupils, they work with a ‘Head of House’ who has responsibility for the overall welfare, progress and development of students. Tutors meet forms each morning and afternoon, for registration.
There is a 50 period, 10 day timetable for students of all ages with target groups, for under-achieving students, in all year groups. Assemblies are held regularly and are supplemented by ‘Thought for the Day’ in tutorial groups. There are many special events throughout the school year including curriculum trips, focused Flexible Learning Days and fund-raising events. We have an active School Council, where representative students and teachers discuss a wide range of school matters. Parent consultation evenings are run regularly.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 all students follow the same basic curriculum. Year 7 are taught in groups to start with. Setting is introduced in a number of subjects at appropriate points in the first three years. Extra support is available for those with special educational needs. Our Learning Support Co-ordinator heads a team of teaching and support staff.
In Years 10 and 11 all students follow courses in core subjects and most choose a modern foreign language, a humanity and a further 2 optional subjects. Subject choice is guided in discussion with teachers and parents during Year 9. Beliefs, Values and Ethics and P.H.S.E. are taught separately. We have good experience of working with local colleges and employers on ‘alternative pathways’ for some of our students, and have been working towards greater flexibility for a number of years.
Students in the Sixth Form are placed in separate Year 12/13 tutor groups. There are six Sixth Form tutors and a Head of Sixth Form. Sixth Formers whose service and commitment to the school warrant it are made Senior Prefects. A Head Boy, Head Girl, and their Deputies are elected from this group, annually. A Sixth Form Council meets half-termly to discuss matters of interest. There is a lively social and extra-curricular programme for Sixth Formers. The annual ‘Charity Week’ is a particular highlight of the Autumn Term. Sixth Formers have their own Common Room and workrooms, and priority use of the School Library.
The curriculum offer includes AS/A levels, VCEs, BTEC Level 2 qualifications and vocational courses in conjunction with the local FE college as part of the STAR 16 programme. Option blocks are created as a best fit based on students’ preferences. Those students who wish to take an AS/A level subject that is not covered at Kineton may choose to access the joint provision of the Stratford Schools partnership. All students take part in PSHE and RE. Enrichment courses such as ‘Community Sports Leaders Award’ are also available. GCSE English and Maths is offered as a retake subject. The Sixth Form Prospectus gives full details of the curriculum offer.