Colyton Grammar School offers a balanced curriculum that fully meets the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Schools have been offered greater curriculum flexibility in order to better match the curriculum to the needs of students. To this end, students (commencing with September 2003 intake) complete Key Stage 3 in two years, followed by a two-year GCSE programme and a three-year programme covering A/S and A2.
The aim of the curriculum is to provide breadth, balance, coherence, relevance, differentiation and progression. Each strand can be defined as follows:
Breadth - To provide the opportunity for students to gain knowledge, understanding of concepts, and the development of skills and attitudes, through curriculum provision that embraces experience in the areas of the aesthetic, the creative, the human and social, linguistic and literary, mathematics, moral, physical, scientific and technological and the spiritual.
Balance - Each area will be given appropriate attention, both through timetabled provision and through extra-curricular activities.
Coherence - A curriculum planned as a whole, utilising, for example, opportunities to develop skills in areas such as literacy, decision making and ICT, across the curriculum.
Relevance - A curriculum that builds on prior learning and seeks to promote the skills of independent learning for each student.
Differentiation - Matching the curriculum to each student's ability, to ensure appropriate challenge as the foundation for effective learning.
Progression - Achieved through ensuring that learning is planned in order to focus on previous experience and with a clear focus on future learning needs. Parents are informed of the progress that each student makes through the school's assessment and report procedures.