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13/07/20

Are you or someone you know experiencing abuse? For help, please see our new safeguarding and reporting system, Glyn SHARP: https://t.co/wszZOdIMvP

13/07/20

Your School - Your Vote! Please vote for your new Head Boy and Head Girl. Candidate videos and the voting form have been emailed out to your school accounts this morning!

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13/07/20

Captain Revision and Memory Boy... What would you name yours? https://t.co/BWchnNL7vN

11/07/20

Retweeted From Amjad Ali

Essentially a massive thank you HeadTeachers. A massive group hug to you all. These last few months have been incredibly difficult. And you have been shelters, protectors and guides. Thanks to Trusts, CEOs who like mine have been amazing to all their colleagues.

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10/07/20

I will be fishing with my kids, what will you be doing? https://t.co/HG2CBdIl6L

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09/07/20

I wish I had known this when I was younger. https://t.co/HR7UL9iKqF

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08/07/20

Another artistic challenge. https://t.co/Eo8wQ1DuKc

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07/07/20

Time to get artistic. https://t.co/8seP2DR8HZ

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06/07/20

Let’s get to it. Acrostic definition: a poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which certain letters in each line form a word or words. https://t.co/eZ3apBkJ5t

03/07/20

Amazing to see the year 7’s in this morning. We have definitely missed them around school 🙌👌

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03/07/20

What key items will you put in your capsule? https://t.co/PmPZkNdQcF

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01/07/20

Your parents will probably know a couple of classics to watch. https://t.co/RMBddejm5L

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30/06/20

Come dine with me, but with people you actually want there. Who would you choose? https://t.co/JUQrSFN5PN

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29/06/20

Something for the coastal towns might be appropriate currently. https://t.co/KKJeiftUF0

26/06/20

Year 10 - reminder that week commencing Mon 29 June you have online face to face tutorials, online provision is suspended that week, so use Knowledge Organisers. Unsure what to do? Email Mr Lightfoot r.lightfoot.org

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26/06/20

What are the must have items which you think go nicely with chocolate? https://t.co/sIaa3G3LfK

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25/06/20

What rules would make social media a nicer, safer platform? https://t.co/dFptZoSDh4

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24/06/20

I know that I need this type of cafe at the moment. What healthy foods will you have? https://t.co/BE0KRBQnB0

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23/06/20

What don’t you know about your friend? https://t.co/oJZipPTfNn

22/06/20

. Time to cook. Research and prepare a healthy meal for you and someone in your family.

Key Stages

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Students are predominantly taught both in mixed ability groups and set groups throughout Key Stage 3. They are initially set in attainment groups in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science in Year 7.  Assessments take place in the first half term of Year 7 and setting takes place from November onwards. 

It should be noted that this grouping structure should not be viewed as strictly hierarchical such that one set would always be ‘better’ or ‘harder’ than another based on a numerical scale.  One of the problems with the traditional model is that students with broadly (and in many cases exactly) the same attainment levels would be in different ‘sets’, sometimes even two ‘sets’ apart. This would be a natural consequence of having large numbers of students working at the same attainment level. However, whilst there may be no difference in the attainment level that students are working at, there would be a difference in the sense that a student may have with regard to how well they are doing in a subject, simply based upon the number attributed to the set in which they are taught.

A structure based upon attainment groups where students of commensurate current attainment are grouped together, encourages the students themselves to be focussed on maintaining an appropriate progress in their attainment level and engage in meaningful dialogue with their teachers regarding such progress.

For the duration of the Key Stage, regular assessments inform these groupings and opportunities for students to move into the most appropriate group are available at the end of each term.

We believe that it is vitally important that our students are equipped with the right practical and emotional skills to allow them to make the most of their opportunities and responsibilities and to flourish in the 21st century. To support this aim we have a comprehensive program for the teaching of personal, social, citizenship, health and economic (PSCHE) education, and Careers guidance.  This program is delivered through a varied model of Form time activities, Year and House assemblies, dedicated days where the normal curriculum is suspended, and within the schemes of work of relevant subjects.


Year 7

In Year 7 students are taught in House Groups in Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages (both French or Spanish), Games and Religious Studies. They are taught in mixed ability, for PE, Art, Drama, Music, Computing and Design & Technology. Design & Technology is taught on a carousel and the the students study different Design Technology subjects every term.


Year 8

In Year 8 students are taught in House Groups in Geography, History, Games and Religious Studies. They are taught again in mixed ability, for PE, Art, Drama, Music, Computing and Design & Technology. For Modern Foreign Languages, students are taught in mixed ability groups.  Design & Technology continues to be taught on a carousel.

Year 8 Key Stage 4 Curriculum and Subject Information Booklet 2019-2022


Year 9

In Year 9 students are taught in ability groups for the core of English, Mathematics and Science, and additionally in Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Religious Studies and PE. Students are taught in mixed ability groups for Games and four further optional subjects.

We recognise that a curriculum experience that is increasingly personalised affords students with greater opportunities for enjoyment and engagement.  We have sought to provide a breadth of curriculum choice that represents opportunities for both challenge and enrichment, suitable for all our students, whilst ensuring that no door is closed and that future options remain open as they progress into Key Stage 4.

Design and Technology forms a compulsory element for the Year 9 curriculum but students are able to choose an area of specialism from Paper and Boards, Manmade Boards and Timbers, and Electronics and Systems. Students will also be studying one Language and either History, Geography or Computer Science. Students’ remaining three optional subjects can be selected from a list of ‘National Curriculum’ subjects (Art, Drama, Music Technology, Music, Food and Nutrition, Computing and ICT, History, Geography or Extended Physical Education. Nearly one third of a students' lessons will be shaped by their choices and through careful guidance and support we look to ensure that they each maintain a balanced curriculum.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, all students are required to study for GCSEs in the core subjects of English Language and English Literature, Mathematics (the ‘linked pair’ GCSEs of Methods in Maths and Applications of Maths), a minimum of two Science GCSEs and Religious Studies.  Some students may also study for the Level 2 Award in Further Mathematics.  All students also follow a core Physical Education (Games) programme.

Having first experienced the Options process in Year 8, students will again shape their own curriculum during the Spring term of Year 9 by choosing up to four optional courses that they wish to follow in Years 10 and 11.  Within the Option block structure, students are able to choose an additional Science GCSE by selecting the Triple Science GCSE and indeed many of our students elect to use one of their option choices in this way.  Students are free to choose their remaining optional subjects from a wide range of GCSEs, BTECs and other qualifications.  

As in earlier years, we deliver a structured program of personal, social, citizenship, health and economic (PSCHE) education, as well as Independent Advices and Guidance (Careers), through Form time activities, Year and House assemblies, dedicated days, and within the schemes of work of relevant subjects.

Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2020 - 2023 (GCSE exams taken 2023)

Year 9 KS4 Curriculum Information Booklet 2018-2020

Year 9 KS4 Subject Information Booklet 2018-2020*

 

* update to the published infomrmation booklet:, page 25: the RS course is assessed at the end of Year 10.

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5

The Year 12 curriculum is structured such that students will study three optional subjects with the possibility of taking an additional AS Extended Project Qualification. In Year 13 the majority of students will continue to study three subjects to attain full Level 3 qualifications. Our current A Level / BTEC offering can be found here:

TO BE UPLOADED

As in earlier years, we deliver a structured program of personal, social, citizenship, health and economic (PSCHE) education, as well as Independent Advice and Guidance (careers and UCAS), through Form time activities, Year assemblies, dedicated days, and within the schemes of work of relevant subjects.