Ambition and Intent

Curriculum Ambition

We aim to deliver a curriculum which fulfills the shared mission of The Two Counties Trust. To provide our students with opportunities and experiences to enhance their life choices, making a positive contribution to the world we share. We are ambitious for all our students.  We maintain the view that everyone has equal access to the knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to make an exceptional contribution to the world we share. The local context informs but does not determine what is taught or when it is taught.  We deliver a high-value curriculum, which is of high-value to the individual and the community we serve.

Curriculum Intent

  • The curriculum offered to all students matches and exceeds the expectations laid out in the National Curriculum. They will study a broad and balanced range of subjects during key stage 3 and continue to learn in different areas once qualification choices have been made. SEND students experience an equally ambitious curriculum but provision is made for extra intervention in language and literacy, numeracy or social skills if needed.
  • Our belief in a knowledge-rich curriculum underpins our long and medium-term planning. The curriculum furnishes students with the specialist knowledge needed to be successful in examinations and the depth of knowledge to allow them to have a full and deep understanding of the subjects studied. The balance of knowledge and skills will be subject-specific and is sequenced in such a way that it is logically developed and built upon over time.
  • Through careful sequencing, curriculum planning includes opportunities for low stakes testing, retrieval practice, and revisiting topics and themes.
  • As students progress through our school, the curriculum will support their wider development and build their cultural capital through extra-curricular opportunities and events which develop their social, moral, creative, physical, cultural and economic development.
  • We ensure that all our students are equipped to make informed choices about their future through explicit PHSE provision. Our preventative curriculum is continuously under review, responding to local and national safeguarding trends.
  • Language, literacy and numeracy are a crucial part of the curriculum. There are set times for reading across the school to ensure our students are exposed to a wide range of texts. All have access to reading material to instill a love of reading.
  • A high-quality careers programme sits at the heart of preparing students for the world of work. We have an allocated careers advisor to enhance the careers education that they receive to fully prepare them for their next step in education, employment, or training.
  • The curriculum ensures that any potential equality issues are mitigated against by: Training of staff and sharing information about students who have additional needs so that they benefit from quality-first teaching. Investment in high-quality subject specialists to ensure our students are exposed to the best teachers and support staff.
  • High quality professional development ensures staff benefit from TTCT subject improvement teams. The curriculum and professional development resource bank crafted by the central teams supports all staff implementing the curriculum.
  • We review and evaluate the curriculum annually to ensure it is adjusted and where needed improved for different cohorts and a changing educational and employment landscape.