"Stantonbury Campus exists to enable each individual acquire the personal qualities, attitudes, skills, knowledge, understanding and qualifications necessary for personal fulfilment and active social responsibility in a rapidly changing world.
The aim is based upon our fundamental belief in the equal value of all members of our community, and our determined optimism about the potential of each one."
The Campus' purpose statement distils our commitment to learning and achievement for students of all interests and abilities.
Learning requires hard work and commitment; it also requires engagement and enjoyment.
We expect students to follow teachers' instructions and to actively participate in their learning.
When students arrive in Year 7, they encounter the full range of subjects you would expect, but wherever possible we also help students understand how their learning fits together.
So, English, History, Geography and Religious Education are taught as Integrated English and Humanities (IHE) and Biology, Chemistry and Physics as combined Science but with the skills and content of each subject still retained.
All Year 7, 8 and 9 also study Art, Design and Technology (ADT), Dance, Drama and Music, French, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Mathematics, Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).
THE TIME ALLOCATIONS FOR
SUBJECTS AT KEY STAGE 3 ARE:
IHE 7 x 50 minute periods per week
Performing Arts/Art 4x50
(one lesson each of Dance, Drama, Music and Art)
Maths 3 x 50 )
MFL 3 X 50 (In year 7 this is French)
Science 4 x 50
PE 3 x 50
Design and Technology 3 x 50
ICT 2 x 50
Tutorial 1 x 50
Some students also have the opportunity to being a second language in Year 9.
In PSHE, delivered through the tutorial programme, students learn about the health risks associated with smoking, alcohol and other drugs. They follow a sex-education programme, which contains factual information about puberty, menstruation, conception, pregnancy, ante-natal care, birth, care of the infant, sexual health issues and family planning. The course also considers personal relationships and ethics. Issues are dealt with in a careful and sensitive way, set within a moral framework.
The Campus believes that parents and the school have complementary roles in the matter of sex education. Parents who wish to withdraw their children from studies involving sex education should contact the Principal.
The PSHE Programme also contains units on careers education and guidance, citizenship, anti-bullying and how to be successful learners and members of the Campus community.
Homework provides opportunities for students to extend their learning through research and independent study. In Year 7, students should expect to have about four hours of homework a week. This will gradually extend as they move through the school.
In years 7, 8 and 9 students learn predominantly in their mixed-ability tutor groups. Lessons are differentiated to allow students with special educational needs to access the curriculum and for more able students to be stretched. We believe students, as in the world beyond school, benefit from working and learning together with people from different backgrounds and with different abilities and interests.
At Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11), the Campus is in the process of developing a new and exciting curriculum that will give students access to a wide range of subjects and opportunities, including a mix of academic and vocational learning. This will begin for Year 10 in 2007.
Qualifications available will include GCSEs, BTec qualifications, a Young Apprenticeship in Media and Arts and, as they come on stream, some of the new vocational diplomas being developed.
The post-16 curriculum offered at Stantonbury is rich and varied and allows students to build on their previous learning in preparation for higher education and employment. For details, please see the separate prospectus produced for post-16 students and their parents.