Maths
Year 9 pupil
Literacy
Art
Design and Technology(Food)
Design and Technology
Design and Technology
Year 11 Art
Art

Curriculum Statement

Within the framework of the National Curriculum and Local Authority policies the curriculum of the school aims to promote and support the personal growth of the students towards physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual maturity within a structured, profitable and enjoyable environment.

It will attempt to do this by providing a balanced, relevant and interesting programme of study appropriate to each pupil, a range of experiences to promote individual responsibility and independence and the guidance and support to begin life in the adult world..

Statement of objectives in achieving these aims

  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to the needs of the individual students at every stage of their development.
  • To ensure that the curriculum provides equality of opportunity irrespective of gender, ethnic origin or ability.
  • To ensure the curriculum offers all the students the opportunity to achieve the highest possible qualifications of which they are capable, encourages the highest standards and motivates students. Wherever possible to enable students to pursue individual learning routes appropriate to their specific needs.
  • To provide opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills required by themselves and the society at large.
  • To ensure coherence and progression in the curriculum that promotes students’ development in a continuous and progressive way as they move through it.
  • To ensure curriculum continuity and relevance by appropriate liaison with Junior Schools, Further and Higher education and Employers.
  • To ensure the multi-cultural nature of the school, locality and country is reflected and built upon.
  • To enable the students to gain a sense of their own worth in developing self-confidence and self-esteem based on a realistic appraisal of their own strengths and weaknesses
  • To enable the students to form caring and fulfilling relationships, express their own needs, feelings and ideas, empathise with others and resolve conflicts reasonably
  • To meet the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum Framework

We achieve these objectives through the following principles:Key Stage 3

  • Most students follow a common curriculum which facilitates the transition from Key Stage 2.
  • The literacy and numeracy needs of students is assessed upon entry to the school and ‘catch up’ intervention is followed where appropriate.
  • A variety of groupings being used appropriate to the subject and ability of the students, some of which are introduced in Years 8 and 9.
  • Setting in subjects is based upon KS2 assessment, Reading tests, CAT score results and teacher assessment.
  • Wherever setting operates there is regular monitoring to ensure that the students are following a programme appropriate to their learning needs.
  • Specific learning difficulties are identified and other special needs addressed, including those of the more able pupil.
  • All students develop the main key skills of Literacy, Communication and Numeracy as an integral part of the curriculum and teaching and learning, not merely as ‘add ons’.
  • All students follow a course in Computing.
  • The Personal, Social and Health curriculum is met through defined tutor activities, assemblies and Subject Immersion Days.

Key Stage 4

  • Students are guided to a personalised programme making KS4 Option choices appropriate to their learning needs and aspirations.
  • In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education / Citizenship and Physical Education, students access a broad, balanced curriculum.
  • Option choices provide a GCSE programme whereby the core is enriched by a choice of subjects incorporating Modern Foreign Languages, the Arts, Humanities and Technology and applied vocational options in Business, Health and Social Care, ICT, Leisure and Tourism and Sports.
  • In addition to this, entry level and level 1 Work or College based learning will be provided for some students appropriate to their learning needs.
  • It is the school’s policy that activities at Key Stage 4 will lead where possible to qualifications set out in the DFES Section 96 list.
  • All students should be able to develop the key skills of communication, numeracy and ICT in a wide range of situations and put them to effective use. They should also become skilled in managing their own learning, using study skills and be able to work constructively with others.
    In both Key Stages a variety of curriculum support and intervention strategies operate, e.g SEN support, Gifted and Talented activities, ‘ACES’ Coaching, learning mentors, study support.

Key Stage 5

  • The offer includes a wide range of both academic (A level) and vocational (BTEC Level 3) options.
  • Students are guided to a personalised programme based upon GCSE average point scores
  • All students follow an enrichment programme to access additional awards / experience. GCSE re-sits in English and Mathematics are compulsory within this programme for those students that have not already gained C or above in these subjects.
  • Supervised study support is compulsory.

Enrichment

In all Key Stages Enrichment activities will be provided as part of a compulsory Cross Curricular and Personal and Social Health Education programme to broaden and enhance the learning experience. The statutory requirements for Careers Education and Sex Education will be provided within this programme. Citizenship, Work-related Learning and Enterprise is integral to all areas of the curriculum with a Work Experience placement for all students in Years 11 and 12.

Monitoring and Evaluating the Curriculum

The following methods are deployed to monitor, evaluate and further develop the curriculum offer:-
  • Curriculum and Year Review meetings.
  • Achievement and attainment data and outcomes.
  • Curriculum Specifications.
  • Schemes of Work.
  • Classroom observation.
  • The needs of the students.


To find out more about our school curriculum please contact:
Mrs E Wilson
Deputy Headteacher
Tel: 0121 558 0691
Fax: 0121 558 6136
email:ewilson@holly-lodge.org