Our Curriculum

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Our curriculum provides our young people with a high quality education in a community that has a family feel.  Our safe, supportive and academic environment is characterised by high expectations and aspirations. We wish to develop students into responsible young adults who are able and willing to contribute to the Newquay community and the surrounding area. Our curriculum gives our students the confidence to seek employment in Cornwall, in the United Kingdom or within the global market.  Therefore the school’s programmes of study reflect the tenets of the national curriculum and are designed so that students can make the most of local, national and international labour market opportunities.

We have a three year Key Stage 3 programme where students can expand their knowledge across a broad range of subjects. We believe that it is important for all students to deepen their knowledge in all our subject areas for the whole three years. Therefore students study music, art, drama, sport, design technology, computer science and food to a sophisticated level before focusing their field of study in Years 10 and 11. Our students study both history and geography for these three years as well as a modern language so that they are well informed about which of these subjects they want to study more exclusively in Key Stage 4. In addition to these subjects our students continue to be immersed in maths, English and science. Our full complement of subjects at Key Stage 3 also includes PSHE and Religious Study lessons. In these subjects, our students explore themselves and society in order to prepare them for adulthood. British values are at the heart of this curriculum. We have a whole-school strategic approach to the spiritual, cultural and moral development of our pupils.

Our curriculum is organised to help our students learn and remember knowledge effectively. It is carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. The knowledge and understanding gained each year is revisited in the next to support our learners in remembering their previous learning as well as extending it. Our teachers use Mastery Indicators in Key Stage 3 to measure the progress of our learners against carefully developed personalised benchmarks. These aid the teacher in assessing if their students are progressing towards the outcomes that reflect their potential. The Mastery Indicators have been carefully designed by our subject experts to help their teams recognise that their students are learning the right amount over a series of lessons. This also means rapid intervention can be put in place at every stage in a student’s own journey where it is deemed necessary. Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review.

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Option choices at Key stage 4 and 5 afford students the opportunity to engage with prominent local employer sectors and offer robust pathways into higher education and apprenticeships.  The school believes in offering curriculum choices which are inclusive and personalised so all students can enjoy their learning and achieve. The four option choices at key Stage 4 are each given a good proportion of time so students have extended time in the subjects they enjoy. The effective organisation of the curriculum experienced in Key Stage 3 is replicated in Key Stage 4 where teachers track their students’ progress against the relevant sections of their GCSE syllabus. Regular review and assessment is an important part of the process as it supports new knowledge being retained in the memories of the learners. Our assessments are cumulative, always testing students’ knowledge of current and previous learning at the same time.

Extra-curricular opportunities and voluntary are also part of the whole curriculum offer. Our Duke of Edinburgh programme is exceptionally popular and completion rates are high. We consider that careers education and guidance is a vital part of the curriculum and therefore ensure that it is available at significant stages in the school life of all students. Our careers education aims to better prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Our curriculum ensures that our students experience the full range of disciplines throughout their schooling with us. Whether in Year 7 or the sixth form, the breadth of experience received by our young people ensures they have a powerful engagement with a high quality education.

Key Stage 4

All students study science, mathematics, English and English Literature at GCSE level. 

Students have selected a further 4 GCSEs or BTECs from a number of options.  (See Below).

They must choose at least one from History/Geography.

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Students follow BTEC and OCR Level 3 courses or ‘A’ levels, dependent upon their GCSE results.  Students are expected to study 3 subjects. 

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The school ensures that all study programmes combine qualifications and other activities which are tailored to each student’s prior attainment at GCSE and their career goals 

• Each study programme has a core learning aim. The school ensures that each student’s core learning aim is appropriately matched to their career goals and aspirations.  Various support and destinations interviews are conducted to ensure that students receive the correct information and guidance in support of this aspect of the study programmes

• Young people who do not hold a GCSE grade 4 in maths and/or English are required to continue these subjects as part of their study programme.  The school delivers retake classes with experienced teachers and additional support (where required) is given to learners and reflected through their personalised timetables

• All study programmes include work experience and non-qualification activities, which complement the other elements of the programme and support the student to progress to further or higher education or to employment.

For example, there are opportunities for students to engage with extended work placements (in addition to their block work placements) and enhancements are offered each week to support their aspirations. These include Extended Project support, UCAS support and various professional qualifications across a suite of subject areas.

In addition to this, the school also offers weekly opportunities for students to enhance their health and wellbeing through a number of different activities.  The school also has a wide range of opportunities, throughout the Key stage, where students can access further and higher education experiences