Curriculum contact – Headteacher
Organisation and Teaching Arrangements
The curriculum and pupils’ academic attainment is the responsibility of the Head of School and the Senior Leadership Team. Academic meetings occur half-termly to discuss issues and developments.
In all year groups except for Year 7 pupils are grouped separately for English, Mathematics, Science and PE. Pupils are grouped 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.
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 including Citizenship and Religious Education.
The timetable is based on a 30 period week and the time spent on teaching, excluding the statutory daily act of worship, is currently 25 hours and 25 minutes.
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.’