Key stage 3 Years 7 & 8
In Year 7 and 8, the curriculum is as broad and balanced as possible, providing students with opportunities to build upon their primary school studies, but to also have an entitlement to new experiences that will develop them physically, emotionally, linguistically, culturally and academically, and prepare them for their GCSE studies which start in Year 9 via the option process. All students will have an extended tutor period in all years which will develop their knowledge and understanding of the relationship between religion and the wider world and express their personal responses and informed insights about identity, belonging, meaning, truths, values and commitments. All curriculum areas will work closely to provide a pastoral curriculum to promote British values and encourage students to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.
In order to prepare students for their GCSE examinations, the core subjects of English, maths and science will plan the curriculum over a 5 year period with Year 7 acting as a foundation with a ‘learning flight path’ developed for every student so that they make better progress than other students nationally (given their individual starting point) and achieve highly at the end of Year 11.