The Secondary Curriculum
Key Stage 3
In year 7 – 9 the curriculum is delivered through a ‘primary’ class based model with classteachers having responsibility for the teaching of most curriculum areas. Pupils have access to specialist teaching for art, design technology, food studies and music. The core curriculum is based on the thematic approach of International Middle Years Curriculum which encourages creativity and understanding while covering all elements of the National Curriculum.
The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) is used in state, independent and international schools all over the world.Students learning with the International Middle Years Curriculum focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning designed specifically to engage and inspire them. The IMYC provides the opportunity for students to enjoy being challenged in their learning of a wide range of subjects. It helps them to develop an enquiring mind, the personal attributes that will support them throughout their later teenage and adult years, and a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Through the IMYC approach to learning, students develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to confidently face the world of the future.
The International Middle Years Curriculum uses abstract, conceptual themes to provide a focus for student learning. These conceptual themes, which each last for six weeks, stimulate students to think about their meaning and connection through their subject and personal learning. Each six week unit incorporates opportunities for regular journaling and blogging to encourage students to reflect on their learning. This helps them to develop their understanding of how the conceptual theme relates to them personally and to the world around them. To end the unit, each student presents their understanding in the form of a personal media project.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11 the school offers students many opportunities to gain nationally accredited qualifiactions. There are options available so that students can follow several personal course choices. The school currently offers GCSE courses in Art, Design Technology, English, Mathematics and Science. There are also Entry Level Certificate courses in English, Food Studies, Humanities (Entry Pathways), ICT, Creative Media and Performance Art and Science. We now also offer Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and ICT and Functional Skills Entry Level in Maths and English.
In addition to these qualifications, students also have the opportunity to follow the Prince’s Trust Award and the Trinity Arts Award Bronze Level.
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