Dynamic Curriculum For All Aptitudes And Interests

The main purpose of the school is to deliver a high quality curriculum. We have sought to maintain our traditionally high academic standards whilst developing our curriculum to ensure that all children have a stimulating and demanding education.

Lower School Curriculum (Years 7-9)

In Years 7 to 9, we aim to give all students a broad education in a wide variety of subjects. Students study the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

(known as 'core')

  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • French and/or Spanish
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Studies
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education

Throughout the school there is a structured tutorial programme which provides support and guidance on matters such as study skills and personal target-setting. Personal and Social Education is delivered through Science, Religious Studies, and dedicated Personal Development days.

We feel that it is important for children to have time to settle down into their new school before setting (grouping by ability) decisions are made in all subjects. Hence students are taught in their mixed-ability tutor groups on entry in Year 7 in all subjects except Mathematics and Science where students are initially set using primary school data. As they progress through the school from Year 8 onwards, students are increasingly taught in ability group sets. Setting ensures that the teaching level and pace of work is appropriate to students' needs. Within each subject, detailed schemes of work have been developed, which include a variety of teaching approaches, including group work and whole-class teaching.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

During Year 9, students receive a full programme of advice and information on which to base their choice of courses for Key Stage 4. In Years 10 and 11, students follow a compulsory core curriculum, of English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. These courses generally lead to GCSE examination. In Science there are a number of Science pathways, including the separate Science entries of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. As a Language College, there is an expectation that all students capable of GCSE success in either French, German or Spanish will follow a language to the end of Year 11. In addition, students may select from a very wide range of 'option' courses. There is a very thorough guidance process to help students select the most appropriate course.

Currently, the GCSE options are:

  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Catering
  • Child Development
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphics
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Latin
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Religious Studies
  • Product Design
  • Resistant Materials
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Textiles

There are BTEC courses in Art and Design, Performing Arts, and Sport. Some students study vocational courses at Eastleigh College.

Special Educational Needs

We are concerned that students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) should feel part of the school and benefit from the general curriculum arrangement. Additional support and attention is given to such students by the Learning Support Department. For example, there is an Accelerated Reader programme in Year 7 to raise reading ages and help ensure all students can access the secondary curriculum. The school has a policy framework within which a fully accessible curriculum can provide for and respond to the needs of all students. The Governors have approved a policy statement incorporating the SEN Code of Practice, which is available from the School. We consistently ensure that all funds specifically allocated for SEN are spent appropriately.