The Governing Body endorses the curriculum aims outlined in the Government's "The School Curriculum" document which stated that the curriculum should:
- help pupils to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills;
- help pupils to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and employment in a fast changing world;
- help pupils to use language and number effectively;
- instil respect for religious and moral values and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life;
- help pupils to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individual groups and nations;
- help pupils to appreciate human achievements and aspirations;
- work co-operatively, being provide with an opportunity to share responsibility for their own and other people's learning.
Years 7-9 Key Stage 3
A great deal of what is taught in schools today is prescribed through the National Curriculum. During National curriculum Years 7-9 pupils study a broad and balanced curriculum that will include English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Music, Art, Drama, Physical Education, Religious Education, Citizenship and at least one modern foreign language which, at Baverstock, comprises French or German. Technology also provides a vital part of the curriculum and includes aspects of Design, Food, Textiles, RMT and Graphics. The timetable is designed with the flexibility that allows departments to teach either mixed ability groups or for pupils to be placed in sets according to ability and need. This interchangeable framework allows teachers and departments to operate and adjust their learning environment as they so wish in the best interests of each individual child. During the Spring Term of Year 9, pupils and parents discuss with staff, subjects to be studied at examination level over the next two years. We are looking to provide and guide our youngsters through both vocational and academic pathways that will best prepare them for adult life and suit their individual strengths and needs.
Years 10-11 Key Stage 4
The majority of subjects studied in National Curriculum Years 10 and 11 are examined at the end of Year 11 by a variety of nationally accepted and accredited Examination Boards or Bodies. As part of our ongoing procedures, staff are continually exploring the new syllabuses and courses on offer to seek and secure the best possible outcome for our pupils. The school policy is to expect all pupils to be entered for examinations appropriate to their needs and abilities. As well as the examinable courses studied during these two years, pupils also follow programmes of study in Physical Education, Careers, Social Education, Citizenship, Religious Education and Information Technology.
Years 12-13 CollegeOur College is open to all students who would benefit from the courses we offer. We advise and guide all new members in the compilation of their individual timetables which are tailor-made to meet the needs of each student. The courses available are wide-ranging and include GCE AS/A2 levels together with Vocational courses available at Advanced and Intermediate level. The expectation is that most Baverstock pupils will stay on to our college provisions. By working closely with other institutions we are able to meet a wide variety of needs.