Pupils are tested on arrival. The information the school gains from this and from assessment in lessons is used to monitor closely their progress. All National Curriculum requirements are met and all pupils take a broad, balanced and relevant combination of subjects.
Some subjects are taught in ability sets, others are mixed ability. Year 9 pupils are well supported as they move towards GCSE courses. The school offers information evenings for parents and pupils at which they can learn about the courses on offer, each pupil’s suitability for them and the study skills necessary for success. Throughout the curriculum there is an emphasis on key skills such as Information Technology.
Key Stage 3 : Years 7-9
The school offers a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum. The core subjects within the National Curriculum include English, Mathematics and Science.
The foundation subjects within the National Curriculum include Art & Design, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Information Technology, a Modern Foreign Language, Music, Physical Education and Citizenship.
Religious Education is a compulsory subject.
Additional subjects include Drama and a second Modern Foreign Language.
Key Stage 4: Years 10-11
All pupils follow a core curriculum. They study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Double Certificate Science, Information Technology, Physical Education, Religious Education and Citizenship. Pupils then choose subjects from a wide range of other academic and vocational qualifications. This gives balance to the curriculum whilst allowing the opportunity for pupils to develop individual aptitudes and interests. All pupils are encouraged to choose a Design & Technology subject and a Modern Foreign Language.