Trinity provides a curriculum that is broad, balanced and aspirational for all learners. We consider the needs of all pupils in our care irrespective of ability, additional needs or gender, ensuring opportunity is available for all.
The curriculum at the school changes year on year, ensuring that it is meeting the demands and needs of all who study here. The slight adjustments to the school’s curriculum design are influenced by several factors including internal improvements, examination board changes and Governmental initiatives and strategies. The school is pro-active with curriculum change, but we take time to carefully reflect on any decisions before change is implemented, allowing us to consider the impact on individuals and the effect across the school.
As you would expect, the curriculum also changes as pupils move through the school. Pupils have an increasing amount of flexibility as they get older particularly with pre-option and option choices becoming available. Core subjects have distinct setting arrangements in place and this enables teaching to match the ability of the children.
The information below indicates how the curriculum at Trinity currently operates.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)
Pupils are prepared during their time in Key Stage 3 to understand the purpose of their learning, they develop a range of skills that are transferable across the curriculum and engage in subjects that are challenging yet excellent preparation for their next steps.
The full range of core curriculum subjects are taught through the Key Stage. For most of these subjects there are six classes; three in one half of the year group and three in the other half.
In Years 7 and 8, the pupil groups for Food & Nutrition, IT, Music and Product Design are the same. There are eight classes for these subjects in each year group. Pupils are in the same class for each of these subjects. There are also eight classes for PE.
In Year 7, pupils are initially placed in classes which take into account their prior attainment at Primary School. Upon entry, all pupils follow the full suite of National Curriculum subjects. The six classes in Year 7 are paired, according to ability. One half of the year group will be taught French as their Modern Foreign Language with the other half being taught German.
After an initial period of studying a Modern Foreign Language and subsequent assessments, some members of the lower groups will instead follow a programme of literacy and numeracy. At the same time setting is reviewed and some class moves are made. The detailed discussions that are held with the school’s feeder primaries means this is kept to a minimum.
To aid a discrete group of pupils’ access to the full curriculum, a phonics programme is in operation to help support and improve their literacy skills. This has had a significant impact on reading ages for those targeted.
As pupils enter Year 8 blocks of subjects start to ‘set’ more tightly. This means that pupils may no longer be in the same class for different subjects on their timetable.
A richness is added to the curriculum in Year 8 where pupils chose their pre-option choices for Year 9. Pupils extend the time allocated to them for creative and practical subjects, selecting three subjects from Art, Expressive Arts, Food & Nutrition, Music and Product Design. This enables them to deepen their learning in these areas.
In this year group, classes in English, Maths and Science are set separately for each subject with three classes in each year half for English and Maths. Science sets across the year group and there are currently eight smaller classes. This prepares pupils for the entry into Key Stage 4. Seven subjects remain clustered together for the same class groupings.
To ensure breadth is maintained at Key Stage 4, some subjects in Year 9 will have started the GCSE courses; notably Maths, Science, ICT and RE.
Pupils in Year 9 start their option process. The pages in this section relating to options will either display the information for the current Year 10 or for the current Year 9. Check the dates displayed; the options programme starts in around March of each academic year and this is when information is updated.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)
The structure of ‘half years’ almost disappears in Years 10 and 11, where pupils are either set in their subjects or are following options courses (which in most cases means they are mixed ability groups). The only exceptions to this are PE and IT (where the school has to schedule lessons to maximise the use of resources).
Trinity cherishes the value ‘non-core’ subjects bring to both the curriculum as well as the pupils’ enjoyment and wellbeing. Access to an extensive range of subjects continue to be retained, rather than reduced; these choices include the arts, design, social sciences and more. Pupils appreciate the opportunities these wider choices create for their future pathways of learning at Key Stage 5 and beyond, as well as the practical demands of the world of work.
Virtually all programmes offered are GCSE courses with some vocational qualifications incorporated too.
During Year 11 the options process starts for entrance into the school’s Sixth Form with data from their most recent grade collection being used to identify appropriate programme levels. This is accompanied by an Information Advice & Guidance interview and a range of other interventions to help support pupils through their GCSE and transition into the Sixth Form or to other suitable provision.
The school requires pupils to share its vision and values, and demonstrate these through their actions. Some non-examined core programmes are cornerstones in this endeavour; PSHE, PE and their tutor period form part of their regular programme and these are complemented with pupil drop-down days covering wide ranges of thought-provoking topics that enhance their learning experiences. Throughout the whole curriculum, pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is fully catered for. This is further enhanced inside our drop-down days where SMSC dimensions of learning are central to the content delivered.
For further information about the curriculum, please contact the school.