Curriculum Overview

The timetabled curriculum operates on a 2 week timetable, 10 x 20 minute tutor sessions each fortnight and 50 x 1 hour lessons each fortnight.

Year 7

Each fortnight students will be timetabled: Tutor time (10 sessions), English (7 hours), Maths (7), Science (6), Languages (5), Technology (5), PE (4), History (2), Geography (2), Philosophy & Ethics (2), Art (2), Drama (2), ICT (2), PHSE (2), Music (1) and Dance (1)

Year 8

Each fortnight students will be timetabled:

Tutor time (10 sessions), English (7 hours), Maths (7), Science (6), Languages (5), Technology (5), PE (4), History (2), Geography (2), Philosophy & Ethics (2), Art (2), Drama (2), ICT (2), PHSE (2), and Music (2)

Year 9

Students will begin to study their option choices in year 9 and embark upon a 3-year key stage 4. Year 9 is a real opportunity for experiential learning in subject areas that students have a real desire to study. All subject areas, including Languages, The Arts, Technology and Vocational are available to all students who receive comprehensive IAG during this process and are encouraged to select from a range of faculty areas. Students are asked to specifically think about options choices being used to develop their employability skills (particularly those of resilience and creativity).

In addition, the school feels that spreading the key stage over three years rather than the traditional two has three major benefits. It allows for students to develop leadership traits, moral context and subject related skills that enhances their holistic views and cultural capital. It reduces the stress that staff and students feel under to cover the extra content in many of the GCSE subjects. This is beneficial to the mental health of all concerned (especially during year 11). Furthermore, the extra time that can be devoted to some of the options subjects, particularly those of a practical or vocational nature allows for a far greater opportunity for the development of the key employability skills referenced above. In this regard, the school have responded to the needs of the local D2N2 Enterprise network.

Each fortnight students will be timetabled:

Tutor time (10 sessions), English (9 hours), Maths (9), Science (6), PE (4), PHSE (2), Option choice 1 (6), Option choice 2 (6), Option choice 3 (4), Option choice 4 (4). At least one of the option choices must be an EBacc subject (Languages, History or Geography).

The range of option choice subjects is as follows:

Art, Business Studies, Child Development, Computing, Construction, Creative Media, Dance, Drama, Design Technology, Engineering, Fashion, Food Preparation, French, German, Geography, Hair & Beauty Therapy, Health & Social Care, History, Hospitality & Catering, ICT, Music, Music Technology, Philosophy & Ethics, Photography, Physical Education, Spanish, Sport, Travel & Tourism

Year 10

Each fortnight students will be timetabled: Tutor time (10 sessions), English (10 hours), Maths (9), Science (9), PE (2), Option choice 1 (6), Option choice 2 (6), Option choice 3 (4), Option choice 4 (4)

Work experience (1 week) in July is an integral part of the year 10 curriculum.

Year 11

Each fortnight students will be timetabled:

Tutor time (10 sessions), English (10 hours), Maths (9), Science (9), PE (2), Option choice 1 (6), Option choice 2 (6), Option choice 3 (4), Option choice 4 (4)

All subjects studied in key stage 3 and 4 have a pathway into Post 16.