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26/11/20

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Extra-Curricular Sport is back! https://t.co/J61DDZqltq

26/11/20

Reminder: INSET Day - Friday 26 November 2020 - school closed for all students.

26/11/20

Do take a look at this week's Glyn Newsletter! https://t.co/xAKFoVNWW0

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26/11/20

Looks chilly in Swanage! Year 13 conducting their geography field work today. https://t.co/i4FBv4Ep48

23/11/20

Friday 27 November is a Staff Training Day (INSET) so will be closed to all students on that day.

23/11/20

Do take a look at our Glyn School Newsletter! https://t.co/Mu0q7pcYkv

23/10/20

Do take a look at this week's Glyn Newsletter - cricket and sailing successes, plus other uplifting news: https://t.co/wy77UMfd5E

22/10/20

Reminder that Friday 23 October is a Mufti Day - donations of £2 at the school gates to the Glyn PSA gratefully received. Monies raised provide extra resources for the benefit of our students. Thank you.

16/10/20

Do take a look at this week's Glyn School Newsletter! https://t.co/B4rAkvn2vS

09/10/20

Our Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening will be held on Thursday 15 October 2020, so please check our website on that date. Sadly, no tours or visits this year, but do join us virtually on 15 Oct!

09/10/20

Do take a look at this week's Glyn Newsletter! https://t.co/1XgfSPFkVH

02/10/20

Do take a look at this week's Glyn School Newsletter! https://t.co/sBAm7KwZQi

01/10/20

Our Virtual Open Evening is now available! Please follow this link: https://t.co/TRjCx4UAQk or via our website https://t.co/z2M3dUDJOb

01/10/20

Available from 4.30pm, our virtual open evening will be available for viewing throughout October via our website https://t.co/z2M3dUDJOb

01/10/20

Virtual Open Evening goes live at 4.30pm! Link via our school website https://t.co/z2M3dUDJOb.

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30/09/20

Not long to wait until you can join our virtual open evening and get a closer look at our amazing school and see why we are outstanding. the link will be live via our website from 4.30pm tomorrow! https://t.co/z2M3dUDJOb https://t.co/xRIjkXvugG

Curriculum Organisation - All Key Stages

The basic features of the school’s curriculum follow the guidance outlined in the Academies Funding Agreement. It ensures that a broad and balanced curriculum is provided to our students, incorporating English, Maths and Science qualifications along with the provision of religious education at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and with regard for guidance on relationship and sex education issued by the Secretary of State.  

The broad context of the students attending Glyn School means we believe that our curriculum should be financially sustainable and shaped in a way that is right for our students. To this end, our curriculum balances a core curriculum aligned with our values, alongside students’ freedom to choose what is right for them. Curriculum allocation and mapping supports outcomes in English, Maths and Science, which significantly impact on the life opportunities of young people. Teaching contact time in these subject areas reflects this.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Subject

Hours in Year 7

Hours Year 8

English, Maths and Science

7

7

Geography and History

3

3

Religious Studies

1

2

Languages

6

5

Art, Music, Drama and Computing

2

2

Design Technology

3

3

Physical Education

4

4

PSHCE

1

1

At Key Stage Three, all students experience a broad range of subjects. Students are taught in House groups in Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages (both French and Spanish), Games, Religious Studies and PSHCE. They are taught in mixed ability groups, for all subjects with the exception of Maths and Science. Design & Technology is taught on a carousel and the students study different Design Technology subjects every term. 


In Year 7 students are initially placed in mixed ability groups in the core subjects of Mathematics and Science. Baseline 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. For the duration of the Key Stage, assessment continues to inform setting and may result in students moving into the most appropriate group. Years 7 and 8 lay down solid foundations in these subjects and build students' confidence ahead of making GCSE Option choices at the end of Year 8.

Key Stage 4 for Students Studying GCSE from September 2020

Key Stage 4

Subject

Hours in Year 9

Hours in Year 10

Hours in Year 11

English

9

8

9

Maths 

8

8

8

Science

11

11

10

Option Subjects

4x4

5x4

5x4

PSHCE and Religious Studies

2

1

1

Core Physical Education

4

2

2

At Key Stage 4, all students are required to study for GCSEs in the core subjects of English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, a minimum of two Science GCSEs and Religious Studies. Within the Option block structure, students are able to choose an additional Science GCSE by selecting the Triple Science GCSE. Students are free to choose their remaining optional subjects from a wide range of GCSEs, BTECs and other qualifications.  

Our inclusion of a mandatory course in RS, reflects the value that this subject has in promoting Glyn values and enriching and contextualising many other subjects in the broader curriculum. There are further mandatory sessions in Year 9, 10 and 11 for Core PE (Games), and Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Economic (PSHCE). Currently PSHCE is delivered in form time and in Years 7-9 in a 1 hour lesson.  By 2022 all year groups in Years 7-11 will have a 1 hour lesson of PSHCE in their timetable. This breadth ensures that all Glyn students are equipped to navigate the challenges faced by young people in today’s society These lessons for years 10 and 11 will be rooted in the Glyn values. 

In Key Stage Four students are taught in ability groups for the core subjects of Mathematics and Science, and the remaining subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.

Rationale for a three year Key Stage 4

We believe that learning is iterative, messy and secured in the long term. By extending Key Stage 4 over a three year period, we build in time and space for two things:

  1. To build in broader ‘hinterland’ knowledge which enriches the ‘core’ GCSE course (Counsell).
  2. To design clever repetition in the models of progression in our curriculum. This allows us to plan deliberately interleaved, spaced out iterations of core knowledge and concepts over time. This builds deeper, more nuanced and secure understanding over time. 

To facilitate this, we ensure Year 9 is an opportunity to explore curriculum areas in-depth, without being constrained by exam criteria or a set specification. This serves as a transition year from Key Stage Three to Four. For example, in English, this may mean studying a Shakespeare play for the richness of its themes and ideas, not because it’s on the exam, whilst sowing the seeds of skills which will be utilised in Years 10 and 11. In History, teachers can ‘press the pause button’ whilst studying Elizabethan society, to unpack understanding of class which later shapes topics in warfare through time. In Maths or Science, teachers embark on genuine investigation that is subtly underpinned by concepts that will be required later on in the GCSE journey. This enrichment builds a love of learning in students who, we hope, will become lifelong learners. It also underpins the curriculum with fertile knowledge, on which, subsequent specification content will hang.

The EBacc

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum offer is based on the principle of student choice. Each year we gather data on the destinations of our students; this has consistently indicated the significant majority choose to go on to further education. To this end, when completing the GCSE option process, we ensure a journey which sees the majority of students take the EBacc range of subjects. This breadth of academic study prepares them for the rigours of further education which most of them will subsequently choose. Within this, the majority of students will take a language at GCSE. We place great value in taking a Language at GCSE, because of the opportunities that such a qualification can give a young person upon leaving school. Moreover, research shows that taking a Language at GCSE, can also help improve a young person’s performance in English and Maths.

However, increasingly, our students also move on to apprenticeships and in some cases employment. Maintaining a breadth of choice for all students is essential. By choosing the EBacc route or a BTEC subject, we keep a diverse range of qualifications and opportunities open for all our students. 

Key Stage 5

All A Levels and BTECs have 9 hours of contact time per fortnight. EPQ, as the only AS Level, has 4 hours per fortnight.GCSE re-take English and Maths have 6 hours per fortnight.

The Year 12 curriculum is structured such that students will study three optional subjects (either A Levels or BTECs) 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. 

As in earlier years, we deliver a structured programme 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 and within the programmes of study of relevant subjects. We offer a post 16 curriculum that has a range of academic and vocational courses to suit the needs of the wide range of students that we serve.