We allow our pupils to choose their options from a wide range of creative, vocational and academic subjects towards the end of Key Stage 3, allowing them to personalise their learning and choose subjects which engage and enthuse them. This is crucial in our community as the programme of study addresses a range of PSHE strands pertinent to local need including health and wellbeing, relationships and careers and the world of work, as well as the role of the media in influencing belief and the theme of diversity through the paralympics. A focus on leadership also encourages pupils to seek out positive role models in their lives as opposed to negative ones found in the community.
Pupils studying humanities and/or a modern foreign language continue their pathway until the end of Year 11, whilst others can complement their academic studies in Year 11 with an additional option, providing an important creative outlet at a potentially stressful time in their academic career.
The benefit of this curriculum model is that it enables pupils to focus on fewer subjects at a time, developing resilience, ambition and supporting mental well-being. Pupils can access additional support where needed which is not available at home, and over the five years they can study a wide range of subjects, keeping their future career options open and supporting them into further employment, education or training.
If you require copies of information about our curriculum, or would like further information, please contact Mr Cairns on 01302 840961.