We offer a broad, rich and relevant curriculum that inspires and challenges students, and ensures they are prepared for life after the college. Embedded within this are an ambitious and committed team of staff that have the highest expectations of students to work hard and be the best that they can be. Our teachers are well qualified, experienced, subject specialists who show a passion for their subject. The school day is divided into five one-hour lessons and out timetable works on a two-week cycle.
In Key Stage 3 students will have access to a diverse curriculum which broadens their experience and promotes a love of learning. Subjects studied include English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, French, Spanish, Physical Education, Computing, Technology, Citizenship, Music, Drama and Art & Design. Students are usually placed in sets according to their ability, based on their Key Stage 2 results. In some subjects, there may be mixed ability groups where appropriate.
Key Stage 4 takes place over a two-year period allowing students a chance to specialise by choosing their GCSE options. The foundation of knowledge and skills built through the subjects from Key Stage 3 will allow them to achieve the very best qualifications and exam results. All students study a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education. At the end of Year 9, students are guided to choose additional subjects to match their aptitudes and interests.
Throughout their time at the college, students follow a citizenship programme to develop their personal understanding of the world and their future. This subject draws upon philosophical debate and study, religious viewpoints, British Values themes as well as key topics relating to personal development and students’ ability to move on into adult life, such as career choices, sex and morality, finance and politics.
Careers education is also an important element: students meet people representing a wide range of occupations and professional services. Further and higher education options are also explored so that students are aware of all the possibilities available to them.
We strongly believe that learning and development of individuals extends beyond the classroom and the main curriculum is supplemented by a range of extra-curricular activities. These allow students to pursue interests, explore and try new hobbies outside the classroom. Our extra-curricular activities include chess, scrabble, creative writing, Warhammer, Harry Potter, drama and music clubs, to name a few.
We have excellent sporting facilities, benefiting from lovely grounds, a gym, and a well-equipped sports hall. Students’ involvement in sport develops teamwork and leadership skills, as well as qualities of resilience, persistence, and confidence. Students participate in a wide range of sporting activities: we follow a broad curriculum and offer a diverse range of extracurricular sporting clubs and activities.
Students benefit from a variety of activities outside the college, which enhance and enrich their learning. For example, students in Year 9 to 11 can participate in the The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and Year 10 students undertake work experience placements. Throughout the year, subject areas organise fieldwork and day trips to museums, plays and exhibitions. Residential trips also allow students to gain a deeper understanding of their academic studies. Recent trips include The Somme (History), Battle Abbey (History), Camber (Geography), Stratford upon Avon (English) and France (French). Our annual ski trip is also very popular.
We guide students to achieve their very best through a range of strategies, such as extension activities which may include master classes, advanced study during classroom activities, and accelerated courses. All teachers are expected to plan for the progress of all students with appropriate challenge for the more able.