Education is a continuous process in which skills, knowledge and understanding are gradually acquired. We recognise that pupils learn at different speeds and in various ways. We, therefore, aim to create stimulating and appropriately differentiated learning experiences, which allows each child to discover and develop his/her own particular strengths. Teachers, Governors and Parents share the responsibility of ensuring that all children fully develop their potential.
It is the school's policy to offer a broadly-based education to all pupils to ensure delivery of the National Curriculum of which the key elements are:-
(a) the four core subjects of English, ICT, Mathematics and Science; and
(b) the nine foundation subjects of Art, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Language (French), Music, Physical Education and Citizenship at KS3. We also teach PSHE and RE which is not a National Curriculum subject but is statutory.
These subjects will have specified programmes of study, attainment targets (over four key stages at ages 7, 11, 14 and 16) and assessment arrangements all aimed at improving standards of teaching and learning. They are taught as discrete subjects in Years 6, 7 & 8. In Year 5 History, Geography and Science are taught in Integrated Studies.
Pupils are taught in ability groups in English and Maths in all years. Other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.
Key Stage 2 tests in English, Mathematics and Science in May, the results of which are included in the school brochure. Years 7 & 8 are set internal school examinations in some subjects.
The majority of Year 8 pupils will sit their KS3 tests in 2007 following the introduction of a condensed KS3.
The National Curriculum documents are available in school for parents to peruse if they so wish.
Parents have the right to withdraw children from lessons in Religious Education and from daily acts of collective worship, both of which are non-denominational in approach. Please contact the Headteacher to discuss this if you feel this is appropriate. Members of the clergy occasionally take whole school assemblies.
Lessons in Sex Education are given as part of the General Science and/or Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum. The programme has the approval of the Governing Body. As part of the agreed policy, parents will normally receive advance notice in writing that this area of the curriculum is due to be focused upon during lessons.