Curriculum

The curriculum is much more than just lessons.  It includes the ethos, attitudes and relationships which create the high quality life in our College.  Our aim is to provide a broad balanced and extensive curriculum that meets the needs and aspirations of every young person and leaves them well prepared for their future.

Intent

Ensure our learners have access to the very best that has been thought, said and created.   Ensure each individual is introduced to ‘powerful knowledge’ that enables them to pursue their academic interests and unlock the exciting opportunities they have worked so hard to achieve. Develop the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our students so they journey to the next stage of their lives as rounded, considered and capable individuals.

Implementation

The curriculum in Key Stage 3 is organised in ability bands.  Students are placed in sets in the majority of their subjects. This enables us to focus our teaching and support every child as a learner, challenging them to achieve at the highest level.  Students are observed and assessed regularly to ensure the accuracy of their banding and progression through the bands is common.  Years 7,8  and 9 focus on giving every child the widest experience possible across the arts, languages, humanities and technical subjects whilst maintaining a strong focus on the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Preparation for Life (incl. Religious Education) and PE.  This enables students to make an informed choice at the end of Year 9, when they narrow their curriculum in preparation for their external exams at the end of Key Stage 4.
 

In Key Stage 4 the curriculum for students is a mixture of both core and optional subjects and is structured to allow for maximum flexibility of choice.  Most students will follow courses leading to 9 GCSEs although alternative vocational courses are available in College.  A booklet giving details of all courses is produced and an options evening is held in Year 9 to explain the guided choice process.

Throughout their time with us our young people study a dynamic Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship programme – under the name ‘Preparation for Life (P4L)  The course is targeted to the age and stage of the young people and supplemented by focused days across the College year.  The programme includes a breadth of areas of study from Sex and Relationships Education to Politics and includes preparation for examinations and quality careers information for each young person. 

 

Our Post 16 curriculum is extremely varied and provides an extensive range of Level 1, 2 and 3 courses from academic A’ Levels through to a wide range of ‘off-site’ vocational programmes in partnerships with external partners. We are also part of a consortium of Plymouth schools so that our offer may be as broad as possible. A wider ‘pastoral’ curriculum also takes a high priority at Post 16 so that all young people continue to flourish.

All elements combine to help students grow and become confident adults and future global citizens.