Our primary curriculum is designed to foster thought, curiosity and a desire for learning in all pupils, regardless of their backgrounds, strengths and needs. It provides a solid foundation for future learning at every stage and is designed to deliver the rounded educational experience that we seek for every pupil from the start.
At primary level, we use the Core Knowledge Sequence (CKS) UK as the springboard for primary learning in English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. It is based on teaching a body of specific, lasting knowledge to allow children, regardless of background or starting point, to build steadily on what they already know. We have incorporated play, active learning and extended classroom activities into the CKS to ensure that pupils can use and apply their developing knowledge.
Our secondary curriculum emphasises the importance of intellectual study and focuses on traditional learning. We believe that this will best equip our students for the pathways that lead to university, the professions and success in whatever career they eventually choose. We are determined that our students will compete on equal terms with students coming from the most privileged circumstances. We provide them with an academic, but rounded, education that gives them the best possible chance to succeed.
Academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate are at the core of the secondary curriculum. There is a vocational curriculum for those pupils for whom GCSEs are not appropriate, but all pupils are expected to undertake a curriculum with a strong academic core. We spread the burden of studying for GCSEs over both years at KS4 (years 10 and 11) so that Year 11 does not become too pressured. This also allows us to plan effectively for each individual student in Year 11 and to timetable a programme of study that maximises their potential.