The Curriculum & Assessment
The school delivers a broad and balanced curriculum helping each pupil to become a self-motivated learner. Our curriculum gives every pupil the opportunity to develop his/her individual abilities and talents to the full.
Our academic tracking system regularly monitors the progress of each pupil throughout the academic year. There are two reporting cycles for Year 7, three for Years 8, 9 and 10, and two for Year 11. Pupil progress data is then sent to parents/carers along with teacher grades for effort, behaviour and homework. Our Assessment and Reporting policy can be found on the policies page of our website.
GCSE options are chosen in the summer term of Year 8 in the ‘Pathways’ process and courses commence in Year 9. As part of this process highest priority is given to pupil preference to ensure pupils follow their preferred courses. Four optional subjects are selected by all pupils and one must be a subject included in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). Pupils are also encouraged to select the full range of subjects included in the EBacc (Geography or History and French or German) alongside the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. More ‘Pathways’ information and all relevant documents can be found on the information tab of our website.
We firmly believe that good literacy skills and the ability to read well definitely improve pupil progress in all subject areas. We focus on reading skills in our lessons and during Tutor Time and we have invested in our library so that our pupils have a superb selection of books to interest them. The selection is constantly updated and suits all our pupils’ interests.