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    Departments & the Curriculum

    Departments & the Curriculum

    The following is an outline of how we group children and what they are taught in each academic year. Links at the bottom of the page give information for individual subjects, and the Y9 options booklet gives information about subjects available at KS4. Further information is available from the school.

    Class Groups
    (Academic and Pastoral)

    In Years 7, 8 & 9 pupils are grouped in broad bands within which they are setted by ability for all core subjects, enabling them to work at a pace appropriate to their learning needs. This continues into Years 10 and 11. This approach enables us to ensure that all pupils are challenged to reach their full potential. There is a regular review to ensure that pupils are placed in the correct learning groups.

    Every child is placed in a mixed ability Tutor Group and the tutor programme is tailored to the needs of each year group. . In addition, pupils are encouraged to review their achievements and set targets to plan future developments.

    Homework

    All pupils are set regular homework appropriate to their ability and the subject concerned using Show My Homework (an online resource) where possible, which parents may also log in to check homework being set and completed.

    Years 7-9

    All pupils in Years 7-9 follow the full range of National Curriculum subjects. 

    Years 10-11

    All pupils in Years 10 and 11 follow the core subjects of the National Curriculum and supplement this from a wide range of optional subjects. 

    Reports & Progress

    Parents are kept fully informed by termly communications from the school. These include a full written report annually, subject consultation meetings for all year groups and interim academic progress reports.

    Work Related Learning & Enterprise

    In Key Stage 4, all pupils have a work experience placement. Some pupils have the opportunity to follow a work-related course in Key Stage 4 with extended choices for students at Key Stage 5. A series of Enterprise days are held for pupils in Years 9 - 11.

    Further & Higher Education

    Many students progress into a wide range of university courses and a team of specialist staff advise students at every stage of their application.

    Sex & Relationships Studies

    The school has a detailed policy on Sex and Relationships Education, within the context of the family as required and approved by the governors. The policy is available on request.

    Drugs Education

    The school has a detailed policy on Drugs Education which is approved by the governors. The policy is available on request.

    Curriculum

    Please see the pages below for an overview of the curriculum for each subject. If you would like more detailed information, please contact the Head of Department.