Mrs Georgina Wright
Assistant Principal (SPARK and Curriculum)
It is our belief that in the early stages of their college career the majority of students do not have a clear idea of the direction they may wish to take in later life. As a result we provide students with a broad and balanced curriculum from the moment they join us in Year 7, enabling them to experience a range of subjects throughout their time with us. As they progress through the college students, have the opportunity to narrow down the number of subjects they will study during the GCSE options process. However, they will be able to choose from a broader range of options as new subjects are added during the pathways process.
The aim during a student’s first two years with us, is to give all pupils a sound basis in skills and content that generally follows National Curriculum requirements, whilst also preparing them for the examination courses which they will follow later. All pupils usually study the same range of subjects that reinforces and then builds upon their Key Stage 2 experiences. Variations may exist due to individual educational needs or requirements, all of which are discussed with parents/carers beforehand.
Students will pursue their subjects in seven different areas of study, following a curriculum that is designed to support the mastery of topics and theories whilst at the same time encouraging them to develop their learning and understanding of the work and skills they will pursue further at GCSE level.
The seven different areas of study are:
Broadening Language - English Language, English Literature, French and Spanish
Mastery Mathematics - Mathematics
Scientific Enquiry - Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Computer science
World Studies - History, Geography and Religious Studies
Creative Expression and performance - Dance, Drama and Music
Visual Arts - Art, Design, Food technology
Personal inquiry - Personal Health and care, and social studies
For most students the culmination of all of their studies comes together in the work they do in Years 9 to 11. Students begin their key stage four studies in year 9, allowing them and us to devote more time to this important stage in their education.
The key stage four curriculum is designed to support them with learning and understanding the information required for each specialist subject area, as well as providing them with the skills and technique to allow them to then apply this knowledge in their final examinations at the end of year 11.
As well as continuing their studies in English, Mathematics, Science, students now have an opportunity to specialise and follow guided pathways including subjects we feel they should be pursuing alongside others of their own choice. All of the subject courses offered lead to GCSE or other equivalent Level 2 qualifications at the end of Year 11.
The range of option subjects currently available includes: Geography, History, Art, Drama, Music, Dance, PE, Spanish, French, Food Technology, Graphics, Textiles, Media Studies, Health & Social Care, Computing, Product Design, Photography and Business Studies.