Key stage 3
There are 2 classes of between 7 and 9 pupils in each year group within Key Stage 3. The classes are of mixed ability with some careful selection based on attainment and prior performance, CAT testing and baseline assessments early in the first term and along with some consideration of social issues to reinforce the selection process. The vast majority of classes have both teacher and teaching assistants to support and facilitate learning.
Throughout the year identified pupils will access additional support to develop and improve their literacy and numeracy skills.This support is delivered in 1 to 1 sessions that last for 45 minutes and focus on small achievable targets that can be applied back in the classroom. The focus is on developing and improving literacy and numeracy in a way that will enable pupils to more readily access the curriculum.
Over the course of the year a range of formative and summative assessments take place; this includes tests that identify reading, spelling and maths ages. Year 7 pupils are tested for learning styles to better inform the teaching staff and enable them to adapt their teaching to meet the preferred learning style of each individual. CAT tests also take place on entry in Year 7; these not only provide teachers with valuable teaching and learning strategies for each individual pupil they also give staff an indication of likely grades at the end of Key Stage 4. This data is used to inform planning for our pupils.
At the end of Year 9 pupils also have the opportunity to sit formal examinations in Geography and French. Home learning is provided on 4 nights per week and is designed to support and enhance the learning process.
Key Stage 4
There are two classes in each of the two year groups of between 6 and 8 pupils. The classes are of mixed ability with the groupings based on previous attainment and predictions taken from previous CAT tests and the teacher’s professional judgment. Pupils follow the National Curriculum in core and foundation subjects. Students are also given the option to choose and study further GCSE subjects within the entitlement areas. BTEC level 1 vocational courses are also offered in construction, catering & hospitality, sport and active leisure and motor vehicle maintenance, again students are given the choice as to which vocational route they wish to follow and usually are given their first choice. Alongside these vocational course the students all follow courses in personal and social development and work skills.
Students can sit up to 11 GCSE subjects using the AQA and OCR examination boards, as well as 3 BTEC qualifications. Twilight and lunchtime revision and support sessions are offered in all subject areas to maximise the success of each student at GCSE.
If you require further information regarding our Curriculum please telephone the school and we will put you through to our Deputy Head Teacher.
Leisure & Tourism
BTEC Level 1 / Certificate in:
– Introduction in Catering and Hospitality
– Sports and Active Leisure
– Vocational Studies
– Travel & Tourism
- Personal & Social Development