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In traditional schools, there’s a correct answer to every question – you only need to tick the right box. But what if there are several valid answers?

Our approach encourages our students to build the skills and learning habits to become independent thinkers – preparing them for life way beyond school.

Thinking skills

 

Learning characteristics

 

Social responsibility

 

Global outlook

 

Digital learning

 

Non-examined curriculum

 

Subject areas 

Our curriculum Learning Wheel is divided into the following six key areas: 

Language and communication

 

Humanities

 

Mathematical understanding

 

Scientific understanding

 

Creative and performing arts

 

Sport, PE and well-being

 

Curriculum stages

Throughout our school, we use our Learning Wheel to structure our approach to each subject.

Below you'll find a more detailed overview of each stage of learning:

Key stage 3  
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to give a firm grounding in all the areas of understanding: language and communication, mathematical understanding, scientific understanding, the humanities, the creative and performing arts and physical education.

All students take a common core of subjects:
  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • two Modern Foreign Languages
  • Latin
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Studies
  • Art
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Physical Education

IT and computing is offered as a taught subject within dedicated lessons in Year 7 only.  After this, IT skills are taught elsewhere through curriculum subjects.

French and Spanish are taught as core subjects in Year 7 and Year 8. In Year 9, students can drop one language and take up another - German, Russian and Mandarin. Students also take a critical thinking course, focusing on learning skills and language learning.

In Year 8, students take a Global Outlook course which focuses on different cultural traditions and influences across the world. Problem-solving and visual/spacial thinking skills are taught as part of the Design curriculum in Year 8 also.

Year 9 students opt for a selection of modules in the Creative Arts and Technology. Each module - Art, Design, Drama and Music - runs for half a year and students take a module from each subject. Critical thinking modules, focusing on research skills and collaboration, are delivered to Year 9 in discrete weekly lessons. The PSHE and Citizenship curriculum is delivered through day and half-day events.

Teaching for the IGCSE syllabus in Biology, Chemistry and Physics starts in Year 9. Courses in core subjects broadly follow the National Curriculum, departing from it where appropriate to provide the stretch and challenge appropriate for our students. 

Key stage 4 (gcse/igcse) 
Our curriculum for Years 10 and 11 provides the best possible platform for study at a higher level, prior to university entrance, and gives our students an enriched and stimulating learning experience.

English Language and English Literature are both studied to IGCSE and students must choose one foreign language from French, German, Russian and Spanish. They can also choose French, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish as a second Modern Foreign Language. Latin can also be an additional subject. Students are able to take an ab initio course in Ancient Greek, leading to a GCSE in two years, as an optional subject.

All students will take GCSE Mathematics as well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics . We offer a choice between Triple Science, leading to a full IGCSE in Biology and Chemistry and a full IGCSE in Physics or Co-Ordinated Science, leading to two IGCSEs covering reduced content across all three sciences.

Courses in Geography, History and Religious Studies are all offered in the options. Students are advised to take at least one Humanities subject amongst their option.

Art, 3D, Design, Drama and Music are also all optional subjects. Students are encouraged to include a creative or performing subject in their options if possible.

All students take a triple lesson per week of Physical Education and Well-being. A GCSE short course is also available as an option, taught off timetable in Year 10. A short course is worth half a full GCSE. 

The examined core:
Consists of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, one Modern Foreign Language, either Triple Science or Co-ordinated Science.

The examined options:
Students will take a maximum of 10 subjects (or 10.5 if the GCSE Short Course in PE is taken). If a student takes Triple Science, they should choose three options and a student taking Co-ordinated Science should choose four options.

Options:
Art
Classical Greek
3D Design
Drama
French
Geography
History
Latin
Mandarin Chinese
Music
Religious Studies
Spanish 

Some of our courses are International GCSE (IGCSE) courses and others are GCSE courses. The choice of which course to follow is taken on a case-by-case basis and changes to specificatins are kept under constant review. IGCSEs have equivalent value to GCSEs for university entrance purposes.

Enrichment is an integral part of our curriculum