Years 7 and 8
The curriculum that your child will follow in Years 7 & 8 is one that is designed to provide a firm base for continued success at GCSE and beyond. It is also a curriculum that recognises that not every child is the same. Our Challenge Curriculum offers, in addition to the National Curriculum subjects, a greater focus on languages and critical thinking, engaging students in Philosophy and Computer Science, whilst our Broad Curriculum provides access to a full range of subjects that include English, Maths, Science, French, History, Geography, the Arts, Product Design, Food & Nutrition and P.E. For those that would benefit from additional support in English and Maths, that is also available.
Years 9, 10 and 11
The curriculum at GCSE is complex and offers a wide range of subjects to choose from as students begin to increasingly tailor their own learning. At the core of our curriculum is a belief that the English Baccalaureate (English, Maths, Science, History or Geography and a language) provides the best range of experiences for the vast majority of learners, and that achieving well in these subjects will enable them to access more skilled employment and the Sixth Form College. The majority of students also take an Art and a Technology subject, though under these umbrellas sits an expansive list of qualifications to suit each individual, some with a strong vocational element.
More able students can also take Classics in addition to seperate courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, whilst there are other options available to students who need additional support with Maths, English and work related learning. In exceptional cases, students can take their examinations a year early and begin A Level preparation courses in languages and other subjects.
Years 12 and 13
Students begin Advanced Level study as they enter the Sixth Form College. They retain strong connections with their house, and access some facilities in the Academy, but have their own purpose built block that includes classrooms, a common room and a study area.
Most students will start their A Level programme of study taking three or four courses. More details about the Sixth Form College are available in the College prospectus and online at www.samuelwardsixthformcollege.co.uk