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In the first three years, all students study the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, French or Spanish, History, Geography, RE, Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Design Technology, Food Technology, Computing and PE. There is also an extensive PSHCE programme. German is taken as a second language by able students from Year 8.

At the end of Year 9, students, in consultation with parents and staff, will determine their course of study for the next two years leading to GCSE or equivalent Level 2 Qualifications. Each student will follow one of three pathways:

Yellow Pathway:

  • Students will take English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Statistics, at least one Modern Foreign Language (French, Spanish, German) and at least one of Geography or History.
  • Students will take Triple Science or Double Science (dependent on ability).
  • Students will be able to choose two further options subjects.

Green Pathway:

  • Students will take English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Statistics and at least one of French, Spanish, German, Geography or History.
  • Students will take Triple Science or Double Science (dependent on ability).
  • Students will be able to choose three further options subjects.

Blue Pathway:

  • Students will take English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Further Mathematics or Statistics.
  • Students will take Triple Science or Double Science (dependent on ability).
  • Students will be able to choose four further options subjects.

The decision as to which pathway each student follows will be made by the school based upon prior attainment. This is to ensure that each student follows the most suitable range of courses for his or her ability.

All information relating to Year 10 and 11 is made available to parents of Year 9 students in the "Key Stage 4 Option Information" pack and parents are invited to school to hear information about course construction. Parents can consult subject teachers about the choice of appropriate courses at the Year 9 Parents’ Evening.

The School has approximately 250 students in the Sixth Form, with a well-established tradition of achievement in preparing students for employment, and college or university entrance. A wide range of academic courses are available for students wishing to follow a two-year GCE Advanced level whether they have higher education in mind, intend to enter the professions by alternative routes or take up places in post- 'A' level industrial training schemes.

Religious Education

Religious Education is taught during PSHCE time throughout the main school. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and should consult their Head of Year if they wish to exercise this right. Alternative arrangements will then be made. The arrangements for collective worship have been discussed and approved by the Governing Body and these consist of a series of school assemblies and year assemblies led by the Headteacher and senior staff.

Sex Education

Sex Education is an important dimension of the School curriculum. Moral and social aspects are covered within the School’s health education programme, which is delivered by tutors through the tutorial programme. The Science skill area delivers the biological facts as a component of their schemes of work. At all times materials and teaching are carefully assessed so as to be appropriate to the needs and ages of students, and accord with the School’s Sex Education policy document which has been fully discussed and approved by the Governing Body.

Careers Education

Careers Education is also part of the tutorial work throughout the school but concentrated in Years 10 and 11. The teaching programme is enriched by the help of local careers officers and by talks from members of local industry and professional bodies. Work experience is provided for all students within their scheme of work during the autumn term of Year 11.

Directors’ Curriculum Committee

The Directors’ Curriculum Committee works closely with senior staff and the Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum). They also visit the School regularly to observe both students and staff at work. In these ways they monitor, evaluate and approve the curriculum offered and establish the philosophy by which it is managed and organised. They form the committee of Directors to whom all parents have the right of appeal on all matters relating to the curriculum.

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