We want to transform the life-chances of our children by focussing on raising standards, particularly the basic life skills of literacy and numeracy as well as employability skills so that our students have the best possible start in life.”
We firmly believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. To that end, we are delighted to offer an innovative and knowledge rich curriculum, which enables any student within our academy to fulfil their potential and develop the all-important skills and qualities, which will serve them well in later life.
We also believe that the school curriculum is much bigger than the National Curriculum or exam specifications.
This includes the school developing their own curriculum, which is defined broadly with local, national and international elements. A school should have a strong co-curriculum (see below) and an opportunity to take part in curriculum and co-curriculum related visits and exchanges.
We will be designing a curriculum entitlement for students, which highlights the importance of the arts, which develops skills as well as knowledge and aims for a ‘Whole Education’.
Teaching should encompass a whole range of experiences for the students that combine skills, personal qualities and knowledge as demonstrated below.
Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is run over Years 9, 10 and 11, rather than the two years (10 and 11) which were traditionally advocated. This additional year is one of the new cornerstones of our curriculum.
To support our subject specialist teachers we have a nationally recognised leader in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We have also given a clear leadership focus to attendance as regular attendance is critical to a child’s success.
We fully support the entitlement that students have to study the group of qualifications, which the government calls the English Baccalaureate (EBacc): a GCSE grade 5 or higher in one English, mathematics, two sciences, one humanities subject (geography or history) and a modern foreign language.
To allow students to spread the examination load in Key Stage 4, and help them achieve a balance in their studies, we are gibing students the chance to take a GCSE in Citizenship, & Religious Education at the end of Year 10. This early entry option also helps students prepare for the further examinations that they will take at the end of Year 11 and will be a real turning point in a student’s education. Our highly flexible Key Stage 4 curriculum allows us to create personalised guided pathways for our students.
There will be the opportunity to have additional time for English or mathematics, for those who need it. We do this in the full knowledge that further and higher education, as well as many employment opportunities, requires students to have attained a good level (GCSE grade 5 or higher) of literacy and numeracy. One clear way of adding this opportunity is to add a Period 6 to the school day for all Year 11sl
As part of our commitment to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), students study religious education weekly through a bespoke RE curriculum which culminates in a CRE qualification for all students in year 10. In addition to specific content delivered through weekly programme of study, students also experience SMSC across other curriculum areas. Life lessons also promote students’ personal, social, health and citizenship (PSHCE) development and understanding. For further information on our approach to PSHCE please see the North Walsham High School Sex and Relationships Education Policy on our website. PSHCE as a subject has moved to tutor time where students will use one twenty minute period a week in Years 7 – 10 with their tutor to discuss a PSHE based programme of learning. This helps them to tackle difficult issues that a PHSE programme presents with their tutor who is the key significant adult in their school life.
For information about how the school promotes British values, please click here.
Personalisation through Setting
As part of our commitment to ensuring that every student has the best possible chance of success, we personalise the learning provision for every student in the core subjects of English, maths and science by placing each student in a learning group that is appropriate to their ability. Every student will be stretched, challenged and supported through this personalisation of the curriculum.
Students are provided with opportunities to add depth to their learning and develop personal skills through a rich and varied enrichment programme. Students will have the chance to enjoy new experiences and consolidate their timetabled learning through this programme. It is our plan to ensure that every Year 7 has the chance to learn a musical instrument of some sort; year 8’s to take part in a drama performance and attend a theatre experience, all year 9’s will undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and all Year 10s the World of Work Bronze STEM award. Further detailed information on the opportunities available to students can be found in the school’s 2017/18 prospectus.
Key Stage 3
During Years 7 and 8, students will study a broad and balanced curriculum which includes English, maths and science. Students will also study a range of expressive arts subjects, geography, history, religious education, computer science, technology subjects, a modern foreign language and physical education.
Key Stage 4
Students will start studying GCSE or equivalent courses in Year 9. These will include English (including English Literature), mathematics and science (which includes physics, chemistry and biology). Students will also study physical education and CRE.
The courses currently being delivered at Key Stage 4 are included the Curriculum Plan attached here.