The curriculum is structured into three key stages.
Years 7 – 9
Students are placed in mixed ability tutor groups, and usually remain in those groups until Year 11. They follow a three year Key Stage 3, providing breadth and balance in a wide range of subjects. Students follow the same curriculum, unless they are disapplied for an individual reason. Students are taught in sets for some subjects (e.g. Mathematics); in others, they are taught in mixed ability groups (e.g. History). In addition to lessons, students take part in a range of other activities to enhance their learning, such as STEM days (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), team building residentials, sporting, languages and creative arts events. During Year 9, students make choices about the Key Stage 4 courses they wish to follow.
Years 10 - 11
All students follow the 'core' curriculum, which includes GCSE RE and a Modern Foreign Language. To this, they add three choices of their own, one of which will be Geography or History. Most study 10 GCSEs, while some follow an alternative curriculum, taking up to 8 GCSEs. Beyond the classroom, as well as subject related activities, students take part in a variety of events such as Enterprise, Holocaust Awareness Day, sporting and creative arts activities.
Years 12 - 13
There are 23 A Level/BTec subjects on offer: students take three subjects for two years. Alongside the taught curriculum, there are impressive university-style study facilities to support independent study. Students take part in a fortnightly programme of careers education, study skills and personal development. There are also a number of conferences to support students as they consider their futures (e.g. Health, Finance). Extra-curricular sports and extensive subject-related activities are all part of the ‘BSS6’ experience. Further details of our A Level courses are available here.
In the Wider Curriculum, students develop skills, knowledge and attitudes which complement their other subjects. Collective worship is a vital part of daily life where spiritual development, values building and reflection guide all that we do. Students also learn about careers, resilience and emotional wellbeing, reading, team building and character development. Where necessary there is access to additional learning support, whether for a specific learning difficulty, disability or for subject intervention. Personal, social and health education is delivered through the taught curriculum and conference days.
For more information on the curriculum, please contact Gerry Kirke.