School Curriculum

Curriculum contact – Headteacher

Organisation and Teaching Arrangements

The curriculum and pupils’ academic attainment is the responsibility of the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team. Academic meetings occur half-termly to discuss issues and developments.

School Curriculum


Pupils are placed into sets in Year 7 using SATs baseline data from Key Stage 2 or Teacher Assessments at the end of each year. Such arrangements ensure that teaching and learning is tailored to meet the needs of all pupils. Sets in Year 7 and 8 are based on English and Maths ability – in Year 9 pupils are then also put into sets based on their Science ability.

At Key Stage 4 pupils remain in ability groups for English, Mathematics and Science but are placed in mixed ability groups for all options subjects.

The timetable is based on a 30 period week with pupils being taught 6 lessons a day of 50 minute each.

At the end of Year 8 pupils are required to opt to continue with either History or Geography to GCSE. Sets 1 and 2 also continue with Spanish as a compulsory subject. This is the traditional ‘academic’ pathway for pupils who want to go to college to study A-levels and then potentially on to University.

This Ebacc pathway will give pupils flexibility in choosing their futures, taking subjects that have both the breadth and depth to prepare students to progress in further or higher education and for work. By 2020 almost 60% of the cohort will follow this pathway.

Year % of pupils on Ebacc pathway
2017 0
2018 10
2019 30
2020 58

The Individual Learning Support Centre (ILSC)

The purpose of the ILSC is to meet the needs of individual pupils irrespective of age and ability. The nature of the support is determined by each pupil’s particular need and can be academic, including Gifted and Talented, emotional and/or social. We aim to provide support across the whole curriculum and liaise closely with teaching staff to ensure the pupil’s progress is enhanced. The ILSC also coordinates the delivery of individual teaching and learning programmes designed specifi cally for pupils with special educational needs.

‘The outstanding curriculum provides excellent personalised and flexible options for students of different interests especially in Key Stage 4. There is a first class balance of academic and applied learning for all students. Specialist qualifications are offered in a broad range of areas.’