Ours is a community of learning, where secure partnerships create opportunities for students, staff, governors, parents and carers alike to participate and grow to become intellectually, emotionally and socially fit for life.
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is broadly divided into a Key Stages 1&2 (Primary, Years 1- 6), Key Stage 3 (Senior, Years 7-9), Key Stage 4 (Senior, Years 10 & 11) and Key Stage 5/'College' (Years 12 & 13) model.
In Years 1-6 children are taught in in their primary class with consistent teaching staff for the majority of the week. In Years 7-9 all students follow an identical curriculum (in terms of subjects and curriculum time) and are taught in mixed ability groups with teaching being differentiated to both support and challenge all students.
In Years 10 and 11 students follow both a core (English, maths, science etc) and option curriculum. The options curriculum allows students to progress further in areas in which they have a particular skill or interest. In keeping with our aim of preparing students for the world of work, all students follow a vocation course as part of their options curriculum.
Our Key Stage 5 curriculum focuses on developing and extending key functional skills in literacy, numeracy and computing alongside vocational courses and work-based learning. In this way our sixth form students are thoroughly prepared for the world of work.
Our curriculum offers a very clear pathway for progression and all courses from Year 10 onwards lead to a qualification of some sort eg. A Level, GCSE, BTEC, Entry Level Certificate and Functional Skills.
Monitoring and assessment of pupils work takes place continuously across the school.Pupils are encouraged to be involved in thinking about their learning, the setting of their own targets and in assessing to what extent these have been met.
Learning styles vary from pupil to pupil. This is taken into account when lessons are planned and teaching styles are therefore equally varied. Although a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching is usually appropriate, the exact balance between these depends upon the needs of the class and the individual. Interactive and proactive learning is highly valued. Practical lessons, enrichment activities and Educational Visits are a common feature of the school week for all classes.