Key Stage 3 (Years 7,8 and 9)
Key Stage three is a period of transition. At primary school, our girls will mainly have been taught all their subjects by their class teacher in the same classroom. During year 7 girls will become used to being taught each subject by specialist teachers in specialist rooms. By the end of year 9 students will be fully prepared to embark on a course of GCSE studies in core subjects and a number that they have opted for themselves.
At Walderslade Girls School, our students are set according to performance. In each set, girls will be able to make progress at their optimum rate and resources and support can be targeted at the groups where they can prove most beneficial. The sets are reviewed following end of year examinations. Moves between sets are possible at other times, if it becomes apparent during the year that a girl is working at a standard of very different set (higher or lower). The sets in key stage three are the same for all subjects. This means that some of the familiarity of the primary school environment - being in the same teaching group - is preserved.
During Key Stage Three additional support is given to those students who entered school without having met the nationally expected standard of level 4 in their Key Stage 2 SATs in the core subjects.
Particular attention is paid to the teaching of a modern foreign language to all pupils and to their development in art and drama, each of which leads to a high degree of success and a resultant increase in the pupils' confidence and self-esteem. In year 9, the top two sets are taught Spanish as well as French and Spanish is then available as an option subject at GCSE.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Key Stage Four is the last period of compulsory education. The vast majority of students are equipped through our curriculum to progress to further study at 16+ (Key Stage Five). However, we also ensure that the minority who leave us to begin employment are properly prepared with the skills and aptitudes for the world of work.
We give sufficient time and support to the teaching of the three core subjects [English, Mathematics and Science] to enable all pupils to be entered for these subjects at GCSE level, since competence in language, numeracy and scientific method is needed throughout the rest of the curriculum and in all aspects of adult life.
The other foundation subjects, together with religious education, and citizenship provide the pupils with additional opportunities for achievement, with an understanding and tolerance of others and with an awareness of their own capabilities.
Our pupils' many successes are positively and publicly recognised and their numerous achievements prepare them fully for further education in our own joint sixth form (with Greenacre School) or with other 16+ providers.
The Key Stage Four curriculum is divided between a common core comprising, taken by all students, and a set of options from which students pick three GCSEs.
Our pupils' future, in a highly competitive world, depends upon the effectiveness of their education.
Walderslade Girls' School aims to develop the pupils' existing skills, to extend their knowledge and understanding and to provide them with new opportunities. The school is committed to a high standard of teaching and learning and to the raising of overall standards.
The school provides the pupils with:
- a broad balanced curriculum which is relevant to their particular needs
- access to all aspects of the curriculum irrespective of their levels of ability
- the opportunity for them to develop in all the main areas of learning and experience
- the means of developing as individuals, as members of society and as future adults in the community with a range of personal and social skills