Curriculum

Curriculum 2016/2017

 

The college reviews and refines its approach to student grouping and curriculum organisation on an annual basis to ensure that individual student progress is maximised and the curriculum remains fit for pupose.

The arrangements support appropriately targeted challenge and learning approaches to accelerate the learning of all students, and enable access to achieve a broader range of skills and qualifications, including the English Baccalaureate and Progress 8 measures, appropriate to students aspirations and interest.  Our academy status has allowed us to modify the curriculum for specific groups of lower ability students to better meet their specific needs.

To recognise the importance of Maths and English for student progression beyond college and for school accountability measures, additional time has been allocated to these subjects in the curriculum.  In addition, whole school strategies have been introduced to develop literacy and numeracy across all subjects with a particular focus and emphasis on Year 7 and 8.

Key Stage 3

For a number of years our Key Stage 3 curriculum has been reduced to two years, although it still remains broad and balanced with a combination of national curriculum core and foundation subjects and an accelerated reading programme to foster improved literacy and reading skills.  Students begin their Key Stage 4 courses from the start of Year 9.

Year 7 and 8 learners will be placed within a class in either of the two equal ability bands.  Within each band there will be four classes and students will be placed in a class with students of similar KS2 English and Maths SAT levels.  This is to ensure that learners are taught at the correct level of challenge and receive the appropriate support.  The aim of having two equal bands is to ensure that students do not feel labelled at the start of their secondary education and that in turn raises their aspirations.

A small 'nurture' group exists alongside these groups in each half of the year group.  This group is made up from students from Years 7 and 8 who require a more supportive, nurturing learning environment.

Year 7 cohorts begin HCC with below or significantly below national averages for KS2 fine average points scores on entry and for this reason, each class is taught one lesson per week of Reading,  Writing and Communication (RWC).  In addition, the students in class 4 on each band will not study a modern foreign language, instead they will study one extra lesson of maths and one of English.  These two extra lessons are signed to ensure learners are given as much opportunity as possible to make expected or excellent progress in these very important subjects.

The table below shows the distribution of lessons in the Year 7 & 8 curriculum:

Year 7 & 8 2015-2016

Classes 1, 2  & 3

Class 4

Subject

Lessons

Lessons

English

2

3

Maths

2

3

Science

2

2

RWC

1

1

MFL

2

 

PE

2

2

Social Studies

1

1

Performing Arts

2

2

Design Technology

2

2

ICT

1

1

Art

1

1

History

1

1

Geography

1

1

 

Key Stage 4 Option Choices

We believe very strongly that our students should be offered a broad and diverse range of subject options at Key Stage 4 which will inspire, motivate and provide them appropriate progress routes to further study and future careers paths.  We therefore offer a range of GCSE and BTEC courses from which students can chose three options.  A strong emphasis is placed of guided choice and whilst we do not make the Ebacc compulsory, the option structure supports this group of qualifications for those students who wish to take this group of subjects.

Modern foreign languages, history and geography are available in multiple option blocks allowing for full access to the English Baccalaureate and Progress 8 measure for all students, with additional options to facilitate breadth and motivate the individual through interest, career aspiration or aptitude.  Information and guidance about the option process is provided to students and their parents/carers through mentor discussion, assemblies and an Option Evening.

The table below summarises the option choices that are expected to be available to Year 8.  Please note that the list of choices may be subject to change.

Students will choose one subject from Block A (Ebacc block) and two subjects from Block B.

 

SUBJECTS

QUALIFICATION

OPTION BLOCK A – Choose one subject only

Computer Science

GCSE

French

GCSE

Geography

GCSE

History

GCSE

Spanish

GCSE

Triple Science

GCSE

 

 

OPTION BLOCK B – Choose two subjects only

Art & Design

GCSE

Art Textiles

GCSE

Business

BTEC

Business

GCSE

Catering

GCSE

Child Development

GCSE

Computer Science

GCSE

Dance

GCSE

Drama

GCSE

French

GCSE

Geography

GCSE

Health & Social Care

GCSE

History

GCSE

Music

BTEC

Music

GCSE

Photography

GCSE

Product Design

GCSE

Sociology

GCSE

Spanish

GCSE

Triple Science

GCSE

 

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 begins at the start of Year 9 where learners begin the study of their three option subjects.

All Year 9 students will study GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature through to the end of Year 11.  This is to ensure that students study a curriculum that is in line with other schools nationally.

The table below shows the distribution of lessons on the Year 9 curriculum:

Year 9 2014-2015

A band

B band

C band

Subject

Lessons

Lessons

Lessons

English

4

4

3

Maths

3

3

3

Science

4

4

4

RWC

 

 

1

PE

2

2

2

Social Studies

1

1

1

Option 1

2

2

2

Option 2

2

2

2

Option 3

2

2

2

 

All Year 10 students will study GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature through to the end of Year 11. This is to ensure that students study a curriculum that is in line with other schools nationally.

The table below shows the distribution of lessons on the Year 10 curriculum: 

Year 10 2015-2016

A band

B band

C band

Subject

Lessons

Lessons

Lessons

English

4

4

3

Maths

3

3

3

Science

4

4

4

RWC

 

 

1

PE

2

2

2

Social Studies

1

1

1

Option 1

2

2

2

Option 2

2

2

2

Option 3

2

2

2

 

The table below shows the distribution of lessons on the Year 11 curriculum:

Year 11 2015-2016

A band

B band

C band

Subject

Lessons

Lessons

Lessons

English

3

4

3

Maths

3

3

3

Science

4

4

4

RWC

 

 

1

PE

2

2

2

IT /Social Studies

 

1

1

Option 1

2

2

2

Option 2

2

2

2

Option 3

2

2

2

Option 4

2

 

 

 

The Sixth Form

Years 12 and 13:

The academy offers an expanding Post-16 provision providing a range of academic and vocational qualifications such as A/S levels, A levels, BTECs and GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths retake.  Every effort will be made to offer subjects in which students demonstrate particular interest as well as those that are enhanced by our specialist facilities.

Year 12

The table below shows the distribution of lessons on the Year 12 curriculum:

Year 12

3 option route

 

Subject

 

Lessons

Option 1

4    

Option 2

4    

Option 3

4    

 

3 timetabled self-study lessons

 

2 Teaching Assistant Sessions

 

3 additional self-study periods

 

 

 

At enrolment into the Sixth Form students will meet with the Head of Sixth Form and be advised whether to study the minimum of three Level 3 qualifications or opt to study four Level 3 qualifications.

Students will have timetabled self-study periods where they are expected to go to the allocated room and study for their subjects.

During the additional self-study lessons students are free to allocate their time as they see fit.

If a student achieved below a GCSE C grade in English Language and or Mathematics, they will have to study this subject(s) until they achieved a minimum of a C grade.  Each subject will be allocated two lessons per week.

Year 13

In Year 13 students will continue to study the subjects studied in Year 12, however in negotiation with the Head of Sixth Form some students may be allowed to change course.  In addition, students will be given the option to change from studying four Level 3 qualification to three Level 3 qualifications.

Religious Education (RE)

The college has utilised the East Sussex County Council Education Syllabus and makes every attempt to meet the requirements on the teaching of RE.  We aim to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the nature of religious belief and practices and the importance of these in the lives of believers.  We also explore aspects of human experience which give rise to spiritual and moral awareness and fundamental issues about beliefs and values.

Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)

Our policy on Sex and Relationship Education is in line with the relevant Education Acts as well as with East Sussex County Council and OFSTED guidelines.  It is delivered through Social Studies lessons, SRE days and National Curriculum Science lessons.