Curriculum

This page provides detail on the College’s overall curriculum model together with details of individual subject areas.  The information on this page should be read in conjunction with the College Prospectus, the Sixth Form Prospectus and the Options booklet all of which can be found as linked documents at the bottom of this page.  For any further information on the curriculum followed, please do not hesitate to contact the College.

Learning is the prime function of the College

We have high standards and expectations and are committed to quality teaching and learning. Our ordered environment and traditional values encourage hard work and the structured, balanced curriculum we provide gives students the opportunity to excel across a range of subjects and skills.
 
We see homework as an important part of the learning process too: it requires students to be self-motivated and self-disciplined and to apply their learning more fully.
 
The National Curriculum
 
The National Curriculum aims to enable students to become:
  • Successful learners
  • Confident individuals
  • Responsible citizens
Excellence in subjects is an essential aspect of the National Curriculum – but it also emphasises the development of skills for life and work.  These are the skills of:
  • Independent enquiry
  • Creative thinking
  • Reflection
  • Team work
  • Self-managing
  • Effective participation
A Curriculum for All
 
The College curriculum has been constructed to take account of the National Curriculum, Local Authority initiatives, the needs of employers, universities and colleges.  It also reflects those areas which are seen as being essential in the full social and moral development of our students.  These are exemplified in the Aims of the College, as set out in the “Mission Statement” at the beginning of this booklet.
 
Key Stage 3
 
In Year 7, 8 and 9 students are divided into two populations, each with an equal balance of ability.
 
For Year 7 all classes follow the same curriculum.  This comprises:
Science, Mathematics, English, Religious Education, Technology, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Language, Art and Design, Dance, Drama, Music, Physical Education, Information Technology, Citizenship and Life Skills.
 
Classes are set on ability where it is appropriate to do so, remaining groups are taught in a mixed ability format.
 
For Years 8 and 9, students are taught in groups as appropriate by ability.  Students will be asked to choose which of the Expressive Arts subjects (Drama, Music, Dance) in which they wish to specialise.
 
Key Stage 4
 
In Years 10 and 11, students follow of curriculum which consists entirely of GCSEs or a combined GCSE and vocational curriculum.
 
All courses offered at Key Stage 4 meet National Curriculum requirements.  Students are guided towards a curriculum which will enable them to achieve their very best.
 
The following course are currently available in Years 10 and 11:
 
Art and Design, Business Studies, Economics, EDCL, Product Design, Textiles, Food, Technology, Dance, Drama, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, German, History, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies (Full course), Religious Studies (Short course), Spanish, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Leisure and Tourism, Health and Social Care, Lifeskills and work related learning complete the curriculum.
 
This curriculum is subject to annual review.

 

  1. Prospectus
  2. Prospectus Supplement