The structure for Years 7 through to 9 follows the same pattern as detailed below.
Each year group comprises approximately 260 students divided into three populations with a balance of sexes, and mix of ability. Each population – known as X, Y or Z – contains three or four mixed ability tutor groups. In some lessons, students are taught in the tutor groups but for the majority of subjects, setting is used. The following table shows the organisation of the KS3 academic curriculum.
Religious Education and Citizenship is delivered as part of the Global Citizenship programme.
Sex and Relationships is delivered as part of the PSHE programme.
Some students may be withdrawn from the mainstream curriculum on a temporary basis to support their wider development and engagement with their learning. Part of their curriculum may be delivered through our in-house provision within Abington House
The structure for Years 10 and 11 follows the same pattern as detailed below.
Each year group comprises approximately 250 students who are part of one population. The population comprises 12 mixed ability tutor groups. English, Maths, Science and PE/HE operate within sub-populations determined by a combination of student’s ability in Maths and Science and their Option choices. The 250 students are broadly divided across three Maths and English sub-populations of four sets, and four Science sub-populations (normally with three sets per sub-population). English, Maths and Science are distributed across the Option blocks giving an average class size of 18 in Y10 and 20 in Y11. Maths/English/Science sets vary in size depending on the ability grouping, and Option groups have a maximise size of 30.
The following table shows the organisation of the KS4 academic curriculum.
Where it occurs, the setting of groups is based on analysis of target grades as well as evidence from on-going assessment.
Computing is delivered through specific subjects.
Religious Education and Citizenship is delivered as part of the PSHCE programme.
Sex and Relationships is delivered as part of the Health Education programme.
• All students are directed to study at least one EBacc subject alongside the core of English, Maths and Science, and the EBacc route is guaranteed for those students who opt for it (i.e. one Humanity and one MFL).
• The Options process begins in the Spring term including an information evening, tutor time activities and taster lessons. Students Option choices are monitored through the tutor system and all students have a consultation with a member of staff.
• Students have the opportunity to follow a programme of reduced GCSE/L2 qualifications following discussions between home and school, and this can include Supported Learning in place on one Option.
Cross Curricular Themes
Literacy, numeracy, SMSC and British Values are delivered using a co-ordinated and integrated approach across both key stages of the curriculum and through the use of Enrichment days or mornings.
Each day begins with time in tutor groups and this provides an opportunity to set up expectations for the day, as well as giving time for individual support of students through monitoring and guidance in relation to their development and progress. It is also a time when some whole school issues or themes, or appreciation of the wider world, can be considered. Similar themes and issues are addressed through year group assemblies at these times.
The academic curriculum is supported by numerous activities that occur outside of timetabled lessons both before and after school, and at lunchtime. These include intervention and support programmes for KS4 students that help to better prepare them for controlled assessment and examinations, as well as offer an opportunity to ‘catch up’ on missed or misunderstood work.
They are also enrichment activities which ‘add value’ to the academic curriculum offer which include sporting activities, training and competitions, musical and dramatic performances, computing and design clubs, school council and access to the library and its resources.
Extra-Curricular Trips and Visits
The school also provides opportunities to experience activities beyond the school setting. Many of these have clear links to the curriculum such as theatre trips, a residential in France, field trips in Geography, and visits to local companies for Business Studies and Health & Social Care. Work Experience also takes part in Y10 forming a key part of their CIEAG education.