We aim to foster the intellectual, social, creative, physical, moral and spiritual development of all our pupils. We see each child as a unique person with a God-given individual identity. Each of us – pupil, school, home, church, and the wider community - plays a vital role in realizing our vision:
Always our best because everyone matters
With the shared involvement of every individual, we aspire to be a confident outward-looking Christian community in which every member
Underpinning our aim is Christian Worship. Through giving worth to God we develop spirituality, and grow up in relationships and understanding of our place in the world. In participating together, we strengthen the sense of our Christian identity. Spirituality for us is defined in our relations with:
In order to help our young people develop we believe it is for our pupils to explore all their talents and experience a wide range of opportunities. To this end we look to ensure our curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant, and personalised.
All pupils start by following a common curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Computing, Music, Philosophy for Citizenship (P4C), Physical Education, Religious Education and Technology. In Years 8 and 9, pupils choose to study French, German, Latin or Spanish as a foreign language. Further opportunity is given for the personalisation of the curriculum for those who require more support with literacy.
Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum is broad so that pupils can experience a range of opportunities across the curriculum; balanced because it is unwise for pupils to narrow down their options before the age of 16; relevant to pupils’ individual needs and to the demands of a rapidly-changing world; and personalised so that the level and type of work are suited to the ability and learning style of each individual pupil.
These are longstanding curriculum principles, which we believe will stand our pupils in good stead during the current period of great educational change. In Key Stage 4, pupils have enhanced time for the core subjects of English and Maths. As a Church School, it is right that all pupils take GCSE RE. The time for PE recognises the importance of health and fitness in our lives. It is a reflection of the global community to which they are heirs, that all pupils should study Science, and that all who are projected to achieve Step 3M by the end of Key Stage 3 have the opportunity to become confident in a foreign language.
Our curriculum offers flexibility and choice within a guided structure. In response to government curriculum changes, the options are fewer than in previous years but give more time to enable study in greater depth. Within this framework, which can accommodate the ‘English Baccalaureate’, pupils can take between six and nine GCSEs according to their abilities. Predominantly our level 2 courses are GCSE, we offer BTEC Diplomas for those who find this assessment pathway more accessible and the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE) for those who need a curriculum adjustment to support their exam courses.
In creating our offer, we are careful to listen to pupil demand and where possible we will find creative ways to facilitate courses where pupil numbers are small, for example extra-curricular GCSE music.
Our Key Stage 3 and 4 principles continue into the Sixth Form enabling clear lines of progression. The curriculum is built around subjects that go well together (students can study three, with some scope for four A levels). This includes a range of facilitating & specialist subjects alongside Extended Project or Core Maths. We aim to give students a sense of control over their Sixth Form programme enabling a broad education offering wide choice and essential skills for a rapidly-changing world.
Equally important to our taught curriculum is the portfolio of experiences to enable personal and social development, develop citizenship and community work and present challenge.
These include, work experience at Key Stage 4 and 5, trips, a wide range of well attended extra-curricular clubs, including D of E, fundraising events, supporting others, mentoring and representing the school. All have the aim of helping our young people to develop their identity so they are ready and equipped to fully engage with life beyond school.