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19/04/21

Bus Strike - please visit TfL for the latest information: https://t.co/8utzbcrq2n

19/04/21

We have been advised by TfL that further industrial action will affect bus services operated by London United. Local bus services will be affected on Fri 23 April, Mon 26 April, Fri 7 May and Sat 8 May

19/04/21

Welcome back following the Easter break. Staff returned early this morning for a staff meeting, and we look forward to seeing all students in school for a 10am start.

01/04/21

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

12/03/21

Do take a look at this week's Glyn School Newsletter via the link: https://t.co/CCaPRnvUrl

11/03/21

First round of LFD testing concluded for all students yesterday - fantastic response from everyone involved (all negative too!). We are so excited to welcome ALL students back to lessons today for the first time since mid-December.

10/03/21

Watch the RAF Careers webinar now!: https://t.co/p6dzm5yqoJ

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04/03/21

Retweeted From National Careers

Have you been looking for a job through LinkedIn? Our top tip today will help you with your search. You could also get in touch with one of our careers advisers for personalised support https://t.co/3cTMFTfRVt https://t.co/xigh3jXBb6

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03/03/21

Retweeted From National Careers

Our top tip today will help you to prepare for a job interview. If you'd like personalised advice from a professional careers adviser then get in touch https://t.co/3cTMFTfRVt https://t.co/7p7ZdAuSw3

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02/03/21

Retweeted From National Careers

Todays top tip will help you know what to do once you've completed your CV. If you'd like to discuss this or anything else career related with a professional careers adviser then get in touch! https://t.co/3cTMFTfRVt https://t.co/MQPaSKibFp

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01/03/21

Retweeted From National Careers

Today's top tip will help you to create or improve your CV. If you'd like to discuss your CV with a professional careers adviser then get in touch! https://t.co/3cTMFTfRVt https://t.co/7BN4ir4lt5

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01/03/21

Retweeted From National Careers Week

National Careers Week 2021 starts today. The Virtual Careers Fair, along with all our existing resources are available now. There are plenty providers to have a look at for inspiration, and activities for each specific sponsored day. https://t.co/F6LD8bjeXo https://t.co/QXv5yQn3BW

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01/03/21

Retweeted From National Careers Week

*** 𝙊𝙋𝙀𝙉 *** The 𝙑𝙞𝙧𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝘾𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙁𝙖𝙞𝙧 is open 𝘕𝘖𝘞! https://t.co/ZOZn9OEkTQ 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲. https://t.co/iT2TXOLncN

12/02/21

Do please take a look at this week's Glyn Newsletter - our staff and students are very much staying engaged during remote learning! https://t.co/SkSj6Y4eKQ

11/02/21

Retweeted From National Careers Week

Absolutely brilliant thread here 👇 https://t.co/vMpa1KGzJY

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11/02/21

Retweeted From National Careers Week

𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗞 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲! 𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝘾𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙒𝙚𝙚𝙠 2021👇 🗓 𝟭𝘀𝘁 - 𝟲𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭. https://t.co/h9jXsAFQUI

08/02/21

Retweeted From Leisa Sleat

A wide ranging variety of opportunities available at GLF Schools, check out our job site and come and join an amazing family of schools 😊   https://t.co/3GTzx38695

05/02/21

To take a look at the Glyn School Newsletter dated Friday 5 February 2021: https://t.co/MWxCZh3YwL

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03/02/21

Retweeted From Captain Sir Tom Moore

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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.