Curriculum

The curriculum offers a broad and balanced education suited to students of all abilities and across the full age range. The curriculum is accessible, flexible, challenging and inclusive. It ensures continuity and coherence and secures high standards. Students are offered choices which enable them to follow personalised learning pathways within a framework of equality of opportunity. Students spend two years in Key Stage 3 and three years in Key Stage 4.

The  curriculum aims:

  • To contribute effectively to students’ intellectual, physical and personal attainment and development;
  • To be appropriate for the age, ability, gender and ethnicity of students;
  • To prepare students for the next stage of their education, training or employment;
  • To provide continuity and progression throughout the key stages;
  • To provide a suitable and effective learning environment for those students requiring special provision, including very able students and those with statements of special need, and for those students who have English as an additional language;
  • To provide equality of access and opportunity for all students to learn and progress;
  • To provide access to extra-curricular activities for the purpose of enrichment;
  • To raise attainment in all subjects, particularly in English and Mathematics;
  • To develop independence, resilience and employability across the key stages.

The Curriculum

The curriculum is broad and balanced with learning opportunities that will empower and prepare students for adult life. The curriculum structure is driven by our commitment to delivering educational excellence by providing a wide range of subjects and opportunities that will create a desire for learning. One hour lessons provide pace and challenge across the curriculum areas. Students are taught in a combination of sets and mixed ability teaching groups. By the end of their school career students are equipped with the skills, knowledge and ethos required to be lifelong learners.

Key Stage 3

All students study both core and foundation subjects and are educated in mainstream classes. The curriculum is flexible and can include English as an Additional Language lessons and Special Educational Needs support. All Key Stage 3 students have a weekly lesson on the Accelerated Reader programme and are expected to read at home to support their progress. Appropriate books are available from the school library and students are regularly assessed on their reading age.

During the first term in Year 7 students are placed in sets in Mathematics and English based on a range of data including Baseline assessments, CATs verbal and non-verbal reasoning scores and levels obtained from Primary schools. Comprehensive monitoring and assessment ensures that sets are reviewed regularly, and changes made where necessary. Learning needs are identified and addressed, including those of the more able student. All students learn one language (either French or German) from Year 7.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum consists of:

  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French or German
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Physical Education
  • Science

Key Stage 4

The core curriculum consists of:

  • GCSE Maths, English and Combined Science
  • Philosophy and Ethics (Non Exam Course)
  • Physical Education (Non Exam Course)

The options process allows students to choose four subjects. Their first option must be one of French, Geography, German or History and they then have three further choices from a variety of subjects based on their individual interests. The provision is regularly reviewed and the curriculum currently enables students to meet the EBacc criteria where appropriate. For some students, there is the opportunity to take GCSEs in Home languages. At both Key Stages a variety of enrichment activities are provided, with work experience offered to students in Year 10. The curriculum is underpinned by a robust system of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) across the School.

The range of options subjects varies but recently has included:

Art and Design

Food and Cookery

ICT

Business Studies

French

Media Studies

Computer Science

Geography

Music

Dance

German

Religious Studies

Drama

Health and Social Care

Sport and Physical Education

Fashion and Textiles

History

Three Dimensional Design

For further information please contact:

Kevin Ashby – Assistant Headteacher – Curriculum

kashby@putteridgehigh.org