Teaching and Learning is at the heart of the school and fuels our drive to create excellence. All students receive the broad and balanced education; experiencing a variety of styles that ensure lessons are enjoyable. Students of all abilities achieve success and are provided with a range of opportunities to contribute to their learning. Our teaching groups are arranged to ensure all students make very good progress.
Homework is an integral part of the learning process and we value the support that parents/carers can give by taking an interest in their child’s work and encouraging them to complete it to a high standard. In addition to homework, there are many websites providing valuable educational resources. We also offer students the chance to complete their homework in a safe and supportive learning environment at Homework Club, which takes place twice a day, every day.
At Key Stage 4 our range of GCSE and equivalent exams is determined by the needs of our students and with a focus on preparing them for the future. Students must take core GCSE subjects required nationally. These are English Language and Literature, Maths, Science, PE and RPE. Students also have personal, social, health, citizenship education (PSHCE) and careers and work related learning delivered throughout the year in themed days and activities.
In this current academic year, the subjects we offer at GCSE are: Art, Drama, English Language, English Literature, Food Technology, French, Geography, Graphic Products, History, Information and Communications Technology, Mathematics, Music, PE (2018 leavers only), RPE, Resistant Materials, Science, Spanish & Textiles.
Non-GCSE courses offered are COPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) – a qualification outcome of the ASDAN programmes and BTEC ICT.
More information about the current Year 9 options for GCSE courses for can be found on our Year 9 Options page.
There is a particular focus in Year 10 on preparation for the world of work when students enjoy meeting local members of industry and commerce, prepare their CV and experience a formal interview.
The new grading scale, which was introduced in August 2017, runs from 9 – 1 instead of A* – G, with 9 the highest grade. For more information please click on the following link: Government Website – New GCSEs
Our Life Skills programme for all students encourages the development of students’ study skills, social skills, self awareness, a sense of responsibility and consideration for others; it is offered through 4 dedicated days for all students throughout the year.
For more information about the curriculum please contact Mr Goodchild.