Curriculum Provision 2018-19

Our curriculum follows National Curriculum guidelines and aims to provide a broad and balanced learning experience for every child. It is designed to challenge and engage students, offering them the very best preparation for examination success and the skills and confidence required to make full use of those qualifications. It contributes well to students’ behaviour and welfare and it supports their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and promotes British values. An outstanding range of enrichment activities, including music, sports, visits and opportunities to contribute to community events, enhance the formal curriculum.

All Year 7 students are involved in an engaging, community citizenship programme where they develop the skills needed to be active citizens who take responsibility for themselves and contribute positively to their communities.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

Our two-year programme covers all the National Curriculum subjects: English, mathematics, science, French and Spanish, (core subjects), PE, computer science, design and food technology, history, geography, music, drama, art, philosophy and ethics and citizenship. Students are taught in ability groups in the core subjects to ensure that every child is taught at a level that matches their ability. For the able and talented students, there are ‘express’ groups in the core where teaching and learning is specifically designed to accelerate students’ progress. Other initiatives have been designed to develop students’ reading ages and vocabulary to ensure that they are fully equipped to deal with the demands of the curriculum to progress as expected.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

During our three-year Key Stage 4 programme, the majority of students study the English Baccalaureate core subjects of English, mathematics, science, a modern foreign language and a humanities subject such as geography or history. A wide range of optional subjects which cater for different learning styles, interests and career choices include art and photography, technology, sport, dance, drama and ICT courses. We expect all our students to achieve at least eight passes at grades 9-1, including the English Baccalaureate subjects. In Year 9, students still access the core National Curriculum subjects. Personal, social and health education and work-related learning remain an important part of the curriculum in Key Stage 4. Extended options offer additional qualifications for our able and talented students.

Key Stage 5

Many students choose to continue their education at Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form after Year 11. At Key Stage 5, students choose from a range of 30 A Level and vocational courses. Students follow a detailed tutorial programme which supports the formal curriculum through themed topics.

Students have a core programme which includes a work experience programme where they build their knowledge and confidence of vocational areas through researching and applying for a placement and reflecting on their experience diary, PSHE and SMSC activities and students are involved in enterprise education through their involvement in enterprise activities.

Our Curriculum provision for 2018-19 can be viewed here: Curriculum Model 2018/19