Our aim is to provide a curriculum and experience that is truly comprehensive and enables all students to thrive, develop and grow in the widest sense. We want the most academically interested students to be able to pursue a path to the best universities and others to be able to pursue successful paths to engaging apprenticeships and the careers of their choice. Most of all, we want our students to discover the joy of learning and to gain the skills which will enable them to continue learning throughout their lives. All of our students should be equipped to achieve and develop in the areas that engage them. The needs of learners, and the best route for them, are considered at each stage of our school, and we provide as flexible and broad a range of diverse curriculum and assessment routes as we can offer.
We aim to boost self-esteem and create cultural capital by maintaining as broad and rich a curriculum as we can and by maintaining the focus of our curriculum on fulfilling experiences, as opposed to chasing performance targets. It is for this reason that we have a wide artistic, technical and performing arts offer alongside the traditional, academic suite of subjects. It is also for this reason that we have built in Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) into our regular timetable and we have a broad, rich extra-curricular offer which thrives. We run a full range of sports clubs, arts, drama, music and other disciplinary clubs, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the opportunity to do Ten Tors. In addition, we run a number of supported trips to London and abroad and to visit STEM, careers, Higher Education and other wider learning opportunities or to compete in speaking or creative arts or chess competitions.
Our curriculum aims to provide for all and, in particular, to enable students from less advantaged backgrounds, and those who arrive in year 7 below national expectations, to catch up and keep up. For this reason, we strongly invest in and encourage reading using the ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme and we make literacy a key focus. We also work on building successful independent learning skills and developing vocabulary in tutor time to support all.
We are proud of the broad range of course we offer post-16 and in a relatively small Sixth Form we offer a broad range of A levels plus vocational routes in motor mechanics, hair and beauty, construction, health and social care , engineering and sport, as well as work skills for those who require a continued level 2 focus. This ensures that our post-16 provision is both fully inclusive and highly aspirational and provides a strong, viable route for all.
We are proud of the broad range of course we offer post-16 and in a relatively small Sixth Form we offer a wide variety of level 3 courses including A levels, BTEC qualifications and Cambridge Technical courses, many of which offer a vocational pathway. This ensures that our post-16 provision is both fully inclusive and highly aspirational and provides a strong, viable route for all.