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The National Curriculum

We provide a broad, balanced curriculum enabling students to embark on "learning pathways" that cater for their individual needs and providing opportunities to study up to 13 subjects.

Teaching and learning is based around 3 clusters of subjects within the National Curriculum: Core, Foundation and Basic:

  • All students cover the 'Core' subjects of maths, English and science.
  • The majority also study the 'Foundation' subjects of art and design, geography, history, modern foreign languages, music/performing arts, catering and PE.
  • The 'Basic' curriculum comprises citizenship, design technology, ICT, careers, PRE, sex and relationships education (SRE) and, for some students, work-related learning.

GCSE Choices

The Ebacc

The Ebacc is not a qualification in itself but is a performance indicator which recognises achievement in at least 5 A*-C GCSEs from the core GCSE subjects plus history / geography and a modern foreign language.

Our aim is for the majority of our students to achieve the Ebacc award by achieving high GCSE grades in:

  • Maths
  • English
  • History and/or Geography
  • Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics(or Dual Award Science)
  • French and/or Spanish (or another modern foreign language)

Additional Subjects

As well as the Ebacc subjects above, students can access a range of qualifications at GCSE, some will be compulsory, and others part of the option blocks. We consult with parents and students so that we can timetable the most appropriate range of subjects based on student interest. GCSEs on offer may include:

  • ICT
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Food Science
  • Textiles
  • Graphic Design
  • Product Design
  • Music/Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Citizenship
  • PE Studies / Sport Science
  • Statistics
  • Economics
  • Further Maths
  • French
  • Catering

 We will also offer the opportunity to study for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Learning Pathways

'Learning pathways' cater for a student's individual needs and provide opportunities to study up to 13 subjects.

For example, a keen linguist can study two languages, a student interested in learning a craft, skill or trade can do so, and those with scientific interests can study three separate sciences; biology, chemistry and physics.

We offer a 'fast track' programme to engage more able learners in study beyond level 2 (GCSE), giving them an opportunity to access learning at level 3. We provide enrichment opportunities for all students by involving inspiring speakers, visiting universities and inviting 'expert witnesses' to inspire them about the wider world.