Curriculum Model 2017-18 and beyond

This model features 28 lessons per week, with 6 lessons each day on Monday – Thursday and 4 lessons on Friday. Each lesson is 50 minutes in length. We believe that this model encourages pace and challenge in lessons, as well as providing the framework for a diverse and balanced curriculum offer for our pupils. We have 5 tutorial sessions of 20 mins Mon – Thu and 15 mins on Friday led by the form tutor which provides a structured approach to PSHE, spirituality and other pastoral commitments. For KS4 there are many after school enrichment/booster lessons which last for 40 mins. In addition to all this the weekend and holiday classes provide additional support for GCSE pupils.

Key principles of literacy, numeracy and developing spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness are a planned part of our curriculum from Y7 – 11.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Many of our students enter Year 7 with depressed literacy levels, consequently there has had to be a huge focus on developing literacy skills early to ensure students can access the wider curriculum and achieve success as they progress through school. Our enquiry- based curriculum in Years 7 and 8 has a major focus on literacy, oracy and skills for learning. To complement this we will also continue to develop a culture of reading across the school. Our curriculum meets all statutory requirements and includes English, Maths, Science, PE and Computing. In order to allow for a greater time to focus upon KS4 and GCSE study we have introduced a two year KS3 with the options programme now occurring at the end of Y8.

Below is the weekly allocation of periods for each subject. All pupils follow this curriculum in Years 7 and 8 with some pupils having additional English and Maths delivered as part of a nurture group.

Subject Yr7 Yr8
Maths 5 5
English 4 4
Art 2 2
Geography 2 1
History 1 2
ICT 2 2
PE 2 2
RE 1 1
Science 3 3
PSHE / Nasheed / Personal Dev. 1
D&T / HE 2 2
Arabic 1 1
Urdu 1 1
French 1 1
PSHE / Personal Dev. 0 1
Total 28 28

Year 7 Nurture Group

A “nurture group” will continue to run in Year 7 for our least able pupils. Pupils are taught English and Maths by a teacher with experience of primary teaching and Special Educational Needs. They have specialist teachers for the remaining subjects. These pupils are also supported by Teaching Assistants.

The aim of this approach is to up-skill pupils as much as possible in Year 7 to enable them to be as prepared as possible with the demands of Year 8.

Year 8 Option Choices

It is our intention almost all pupils will follow a curriculum that will include all Ebacc subjects and that they have all of the subjects needed for the Progress 8 measure. Therefore the options choices are structured around ensuring a language choice and a humanities choice, before a wider subject choice is offered to pupils. All pupils studying a core curriculum:

Core Subjects studied by all pupils:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

– EITHER separate sciences of Biology, Physics and Chemistry

– OR Core and Applied Science

  • Computer Science
  • PE
  • RE

At the end of Year 8 with support of teachers and parents, pupils will make their options choices. A very small number of pupils (on average, fewer than 10) may be invited to follow a less academic route with fewer GCSEs and additional support sessions focused upon reaching the expected level in English and mathematics.  Pupil Options choices are below:

Option 1

Any ONE from:

Arabic
French
Urdu

Option 2

Any ONE from:

Geography
History

Option 3   

Any ONE from:

Art and Design
Business Studies
Computer Science
Design and Technology
Health and Social Care
Home Economics
GCSE PE

The options process takes place in the second half of spring term and all choices are confirmed by letter to the parents at the start of the summer term.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10, and 11)

We are operating a dual pathway approach where the majority of pupils are guided towards a pathway which is most suited to their academic ability and which provides a breadth of study and equips them well for applying for post-16 study. This gives pupils access to the suite of GCSE subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate measure; English, Maths, two Sciences, a Modern Foreign Language, and Geography or History. We recognise the importance of this combination of subjects and its influence with post-16 providers and the foundation it provides for further and higher education. A small number of pupils for whom Pathway A is inappropriate will have a bespoke curriculum that may involve a reduced number of subjects studied and qualifications achieved, possibly including some non-GCSE choices for core subjects and options choices.

Subjects Yr9 Yr10 Yr11
GCSE Maths 4 4 4
GCSE English Language and English Literature 5 5 5
GCSE  Geography 3 3 3
GCSE History 3 3 3
ICT Core 1 1 1
PE Core 1 1 1
GCSE RE 2 2 2
GCSE Science, dual award or triple sciences 6 6 6
GCSE Computer Science 3 3 3
GCSE PE 0 3 3
GCSE D&T 3 0 3
GCSE HE 3 3 3
GCSE Art 3 3 0
BTEC H&SC 3 0 3
BTEC Business Studies 3 3 3
GCSE Arabic 3 3 3
GCSE Urdu 3 3 3
GCSE French 3 3 0
Total 28 28 28