Curriculum

THE CURRICULUM

The School Week

The school has a two week timetable, of 25 periods per week. Each day consists of 5 periods of 60 minutes duration. There is a form period of 25 minutes at the start of each day, and a period of PSHCE which rotates through the week. During the year there are five Challenge Days, which enable further aspects of PSHCE, Citizenship and British Values to be delivered. This often includes external speakers and contributors. Break is between periods two and three, with lunch at 12.40 for an hour. The school day ends at 3.40pm. All students attend one assembly a week, which covers a moral theme.

Year 7 (4 forms)

Year 7 are put into 4 Mathematics sets based on ability. English, Science, Geography, History, Religious Education, French, Spanish, Music and Drama are all taught in mixed ability groups. We use English prior ability to identify students who will benefit from extra English lessons instead of Spanish. Design Technology, Food Technology and Information Technology are taught in 6 mixed groups. Physical Education is taught in 5 groups.

Year 8 (4 forms)

Year 8 are placed into 4 Mathematics sets based on ability. They are put into 4 science sets based on ability, they are then taught in these groups for Geography, History and Religious Education. Students choose between French and Spanish and are then set based on ability. English, Music and Art groups are taught in 4 mixed ability classes. They are also placed into 5 mixed Design Technology, Food Technology, Information Technology and Physical Education groups.

Year 9 (4 forms)

Year 9 are placed into 5 Mathematics sets based on ability. They are put into 4 science sets based on ability, they are then taught in these groups for Geography, History and Religious Education. Students choose between French and Spanish and are then set based on ability. English is taught in 4 mixed ability groups. Students then choose 3 subjects from Music, Art, Drama, Design Technology, Food Technology and Information Technology. Physical Education is taught in 5 groups. 

Year 10 (5 forms)

Students now begin their GCSE courses. All students take Mathematics, English, English Literature, Religious Education and Physical Education. Students either take Triple Science or Core/Additional Science and ECDL. Students then study two of their four option subjects over the year sitting their two option examinations at the end of Year 10. Students are encouraged to choose at least one out of History, Geography or Computer Science and are encouraged where possible to study a language. New subjects available at this stage are Business Studies, Computer Science and Health and Social Care. 

Year 11 (5 forms)

Students continue their GCSE courses. All students take Mathematics, English, English Literature, Religious Education and Physical Education. Students either take Triple Science or Core/Additional Science. Students then continue to study four option subjects over the year. New subjects available at this stage are Business Studies and Health and Social Care. 

Post-16

Students currently choose 4 AS subjects at the start of Y12, and reduce to 3 A2s at the start of Y13. The school is part of The Collaborative, a joint provision by ourselves, Thirsk and Easingwold schools. Depending on subject choice, students are transported between sites to attend lessons. A one year Springboard course is available for students who are just short of the entry requirements for A2 Programmes of Study. We are introducing the EPQ from September 2016. All students complete a week of Work Experience in Y12.

 

Subject specific information is available in the respective KS3/4/Post 16 options in the menu bar opposite.