All students study the following core curriculum; across Britain and when combined with other optional subjects, they are considered to be of the utmost importance in the education of young people.
All students will study for the following GCSE Mathematics qualification.
Separate Sciences – GCSE Biology
Separate Sciences – GCSE Chemistry
Separate Sciences – GCSE Physics
All students follow a common curriculum of mandatory subjects. These are not examined, but form an integral part of a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to develop the whole student, including an understanding of and appreciation for values and beliefs within our country’s society.
The programme supports the aims of the school and in particular the creation of a social ethos which encourages students to feel secure, and to be tolerant and respectful towards each other, and to give students the maximum opportunity to develop all their abilities.
The teaching of discrete PSHE and Citizenship is through the ASPIRE programme, which is delivered to students across the school in tutor groups once every two weeks. Through ASPIRE we aim to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to develop an understanding of and respect for themselves, to develop a healthy lifestyle, learning how to recognise and manage risks and how to make safe and healthy choices, to develop effective and fulfilling relationships and to respect the needs and rights of others, and to develop an understanding of our society and local community and learn how to play an active part in community life.
ASPIRE is also part of our hidden curriculum, where students are consistently encouraged to respect themselves and each other and to make the most of their abilities, thus allowing them to progress further in education and employment.
Students are provided with extensive information, advice and guidance through the options process and choose further courses from the following selection. Guided by, and in discussion with teachers, students study an additional three or four courses; this may depend on the number of courses they take as part of their core curriculum. Students’ choice of language is also guided and a number study more than one.
The following examined courses were available as part of the options scheme and are currently being studied by Year 11 students.