Curriculum

Our mission underpins everything that we do, we want to enable our students to:

  • Have high aspirations of themselves the school and the community.
  • Strive for excellence in every aspect of their school life.
  • Have ambition and achieve well.

Curriculum Principles

Our school curriculum aims to inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future. The schools’ aim is to develop a coherent curriculum that builds on young people’s experiences in the primary phase and that helps all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. It will transcend class barriers and widen students’ horizons and aspirations by developing our key student principles of character and academic aptitude.

Developing Character Developing Academic Aptitude
  • Being ambitious
  • Working hard
  • Empathetic to everyone
  • Being determined to be the best you can be
  • Being tolerant
  • Being resilient and not giving up
  • Acquiring Knowledge & Skills
  • Become engaged learners
  • Become curious
  • Become process-oriented
  • Retain what they learn
  • Apply what the learn

Through our curriculum we aim to:

Have both high levels of aspiration and high levels of support

  • As a school we set the bar of expectation high and support students to meet these expectations both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Teachers plan and deliver amazing lessons so that students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to support their high aspirations.
  • Through each lesson we develop student resilience to ensure that they don’t give up and fulfil their potential.
  • Students will have excellent careers education which will support them to make informed decisions about their future.

Ensure it is academically rigorous and it will engage and enthuse our children by our teachers:

  • Challenging students to have high expectations of what they can achieve.
  • Giving students clear explanations so that they acquire new knowledge.
  • Modelling expectations so that students know how to apply their knowledge
  • Question students so that they are made to think hard with breadth, depth and accuracy.
  • Giving students feedback so that they can further develop their knowledge.
  • Giving students space for purposeful practice so that they think deeply and eventually achieve fluency.
  • Training students how to store and retrieve knowledge using as retrieval and spaced practice so that it can be committed to their long-term memory.

Tailor its designed to make it individual and personal to our children’s needs

  • Teachers support students to fulfil challenging objectives whatever their ability
  • Students’ individuality is celebrated.
  • Develop students to become active participants in their learning journey.
  • Each teacher will know their students and support them to excel in school life.
  • Students are actively listened to as members of our learning community
  • Staff work in true partnership with parents to ensure students’ individual needs are met.

Promote and develop both cultural and social capital

  • Through our curriculum we will develop students who have a deep understanding of different cultures and beliefs beyond our local community.
  • We develop student’s leadership skills through community projects and extra-curricular activities.
  • All students will have access to learning a modern foreign language to aid students understanding of cultural contexts. This shapes the information, ideas, beliefs and customs that our students encounter when interacting with people.*
  • Students will have opportunities through lessons and educational visits to explore the arts and technological works of others.
  • Students will develop their capabilities in STEM to be equipped for the information-based and highly technological society they will live and work in.
  • Through our Me @ Meden programme we will promote racial equality and community cohesion to support students to develop into well rounded citizens.
  • We cultivate an environment where students have opportunities to build positive relationships with others based on respect and tolerance during lessons, enrichment opportunities and social time.
  • We will develop students into excellence communicators by encouraging our students to support one another through structured learning opportunities.

Subjects studied according to year group

Year 7

Art
Drama
English
French
Geography
History
IT
Maths
PE
Science
Design Technology

Year 8

Art
Drama
English
French
Geography
History
IT
Maths
PE
Science
Design Technology

Year 9

Art & Design Practice - Tech Award
Business - Enterprise & Marketing (CNAT)
Digital Info Technology - Tech award
Engineering - Tech award
English
English Literature
Food (Hospitality & Catering)-Level 1/2 award
French
Geography
Health & Social - Tech Award
History
Maths
Media (Creative Media Production-Tech award)
Performing Arts - Tech award
Sport Activity & Fitness - (CNAT)
Science - Trilogy (Double award)
Science -Triple

Year 10

Art & Design Practice - Tech award
Business - Enterprise & Marketing (CNAT)
Design & Technology
Digital Info Technology - Tech award
Engineering - Tech award
English
English Literature
Food (Hospitality & Catering)-Level 1/2 award
French
Geography
Health & Social -- Tech Award
History
Maths
Media (Creative Media Production-Tech award)
PE (GCSE)
Performing Arts - Tech award
Sport Activity & Fitness - (CNAT)
Science - Trilogy (Double award)
Science Triple

Year 11

Art & Design Practice - Tech award
Business - Enterprise & Marketing (CNAT)
Design & Technology
Digital Info Technology - Tech award
Engineering - Tech award
English
English Lit
Food (Food Prep & Nutrition)-Level 1/2 award
French
Geography
Health & Social -- Tech Award
History
Maths
Media (Creative Media Production-Tech award)
PE (GCSE)
Performing Arts - Tech award
Sport Activity & Fitness - (CNAT)
Science - Trilogy (Double award)
Science -Triple

Year 12

Biology
Business
Chemistry
English Literature
History
Geography
Maths
PE
Physics
Psychology
Sociology
Garibaldi - Computer Science

Year 13

Biology
Business
Chemistry
English Literature
Further Maths
History
Geography
Maths
Media
Physics
Psychology
Sociology
Garibaldi - Computer Science
Garibaldi - Finance

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