Every student is entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum that meets individual learning needs. Importantly, it is recognised that while much of what is taught is laid down within the National Curriculum, it is vital to develop skills, which will be needed for a lifetime of learning. These skills will equip students to enter a competitive job market with a framework in which to make use of freedom to make the right choices about their lives.
At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), students follow courses in: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Technology, Information Technology, Geography, History, Modern Languages, Art, Music, Drama and PE. Pupils can access the full EBACC qualification as all students can study either French or Spanish in Years 7 and 8, with the option to study a language at Key Stage 4.
At Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11), students follow a common core of English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, RE and PE with four option choices in Year 9, which reduce down to three in Year 10 to give more curriculum time to Maths, English and Science under the new, reformed GCSEs. All students are guided into suitable option choices, of which one choice must be either a language or a humanities, based on where their strongest performance is. We ensure the curriculum meets their individual needs.
Key Stage 3 Life Without Levels
The St George bands in Year 7 are based on age-related targets, individual to the subject. All students should ASPIRE to be in at least the applying band. This will give them the best chance of securing a higher grade pass in that subject at GCSE.
To ensure all students are challenged to make progress from their Key Stage 2 starting point, they are given minimum target grades. There is no ceiling to their potential but we do expect students to make good progress over the year and this is reflected in their target grade.
To reflect the level of progress a student is making in each subject, we use symbols. If a student is working at current expectation, they are on course to meet their target grade at the end of the year.