We want to develop:
- Successful students who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve excellence.
- Confident individuals who demonstrate the values of friendship, courage, resilience and high moral standards.
- Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.
- Young people who are engaged in the world around them.
It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in their learning, so that we can deliver our mission and aims.
To develop a curriculum which:
- Enriches students’ knowledge.
- Creates a culture of aspiration and high-achievement.
- Allows everyone to experience success.
- Provides cultural capital that celebrates and captures students’ imagination.
- Traditional academic curriculum.
- Challenging, knowledge-based curriculums with a focus on developing cultural capital.
- Interleaved curriculum that allows for clear progress over 5 years.
- At Key Stage 3, students are shown breadth across and within subjects.
- Additional time is given to English, Mathematics and Science to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
- Targeted support and additional challenge to ensure all students make at least national rates of progress.
- Ensure all students’ progress is in line with national expectations.
- To support induction into secondary school for all Year 7 students.
- To instil British Values and promote the PSHE curriculum to develop citizens for the future.
We have a very broad KS3 Curriculum covering 13 subjects meeting all the national curriculum requirements. This is taught in 29 lessons of contact time each week.
The curriculum includes:
- A modern foreign language – French, German or Spanish
- Humanities – History, Geography and Religious Education
- Performing Arts – Drama and Music
- Creative Arts – Art and Design, Design Technology
- Physical Education
- PSHE and British Values
For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal to enable them to rapidly catch up.
An additional after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, music, drama, debating among others. There is daily support for homework in the library.
At Farnham Heath End, our students begin their option choices in Year 9, meaning they study Key Stage 3 subjects for 2 years and Key Stage 4 subjects for 3 years. As well as ensuring that Key Stage 3 curriculums are well organised and encourage deep learning, it has enabled us to continue to offer 4 free option choices for all students. Currently, our GCSE students experience a broad range of subjects.
As part of the options process, to support students and their parents in making the right choices, we offer the following guidance:
- Talks to students by all Heads of Department outlining the subject content and assessment.
- An options website for parents and students, which includes key information on all the subjects. To access the information, please click on the link below:
- Support from Tutors, Year Leaders and/or the Senior Leadership Team if required.
Students also have the opportunity to change their options up until December of Year 9.
Our home learning strategy of Knowledge Organisers, alongside cumulative assessments and retrieval ‘do it now’ tasks, ensure that key content taught in Year 9 is constantly revisited and embedded as students move through KS4.
In Year 9, students begin to specialise to provide them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subjects they will choose to study to GCSE level. They will mainly embark on the examined course at the start of Year 9. This curriculum is taught in a mixture of single and double lessons with each individual lesson lasting 50 minutes.
Please click on the link below to view our Curriculum Policy.