The curriculum we offer our students reflects the aims and aspirations we have for them in that we aim to;
- Give them the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress onto the next stage of their education, irrespective of their prior attainment, background or ethnicity.
- Produce students with high aspirations, resilience and independence so that they can maximise the opportunities they are given to progress.
- Provide a broad curriculum with flexible pathways through the key stages to allow students to maximise their attainment by developing the skills and talents they already hold.
- Provide students with a range of enrichment opportunities to help them become responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.
Form Time is an integral part of every school day. In Years 7 to 10 students follow a weekly programme including Literacy, Numeracy, Oracy/Discussion, PSHE, basics checks and assemblies. Students of all abilities who require extra support in either English or Maths are placed temporarily in forms with an appropriate teacher to help them to catch up. Years 7 to 9 also include Reading Forms where the emphasis of the activities is to improve students’ comprehension of their reading. In Year 11 students are placed in English, Maths or Science forms according to the subject they most require support in. These forms are rotated regularly. There is a separate form for the highest performing students who follow a programme designed to extend their thinking in English Maths and Science.
Our Curriculum – Key Stage 3
a. All students follow the National Curriculum throughout Years 7 and 8 with the addition of lessons devoted to reading and Drama on rotation in English. (1,4)
b. The emphasis during this time is to give the in-depth, fundamental understanding and skills required to maximise success at KS4. (1)
c. Catch up funding is used to narrow gaps in prior attainment in English and Maths for those who require it. Nurture groups are provided in Years where the intake requires such support. (1,3)
d. Students (other than HA students) are taught in mixed ability groups to ensure that all are expected to make progress. HA students are taught in dedicated groups to ensure that they are given the opportunity to maintain their prior progress (1,3)
e. Enrichment is delivered through PSHE in Form Time, extra PSHE sessions and the use of carefully selected providers with the aim of broadening the students’ development and raising their aspirations. (2,3,4)
f. Schemes of learning and how they are delivered are reviewed regularly to ensure that work is challenging. (1,2)
g. There is an in-school programme including SRE, IAG and Drugs and Alcohol education. (2,4)
Our Curriculum – Key Stage 4
a. A 3-year KS4 was introduced in September 2017. Year 11 from September 2018 will be the last year group following a 2-year KS4. The aims of this switch were to encourage the students to become more focused learners at an earlier age, to broaden the range of options available to all students from 3 to 4, to give students more time to cover the increased content in the new GCSE subjects and to give them time to deepen their understanding of the subjects they are studying. (1,2,3)
b. Student voice feedback suggests that the new curriculum is fulfilling these aims for the students.
c. All students study a core of GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths and Double Science as these are the fundamental subjects required for students to progress. (1,2)
|Y9 and 10||Eng||Ma||Sci||PE/RE||Option 1||Option 2||Option 3||MFL|
|Option 1||Option 2||Option 3||MFL|
d. Students make their option choices at the end of Year 8 to begin study in Year 9. All students have access to the full range of academic and vocational subjects we offer including GCSEs, BTEC, OCR Nats, the Ebacc, a second language and separate sciences. (1,3)
e. Subjects offered at KS4 include;
|There are 4 option columns; popular subjects are offered more than once where staffing permits.|
|BTEC Business Studies||BTEC Sport||Hospitality and Catering Award||GCSE RE|
|BTEC Dance||BTEC Travel and Tourism||GCSE French||GCSE Separate Sciences|
|BTEC Drama||GCSE Art||GCSE Geography||GCSE Spanish|
|BTEC Health and Social Care||GCSE Citizenship||GCSE History||iMedia Award|
|BTEC Music||GCSE Computer Studies||GCSE Product Design||GCSE Spanish|
f. Guided choice, parental liaison and IAG is used to ensure that students make choices appropriate for them. (1,3,4)
g. Student progress and attainment is monitored and reviewed regularly to ensure that they are making appropriate progress. Support is available during Form Time for students who require it in English, Maths and Science whilst targeted use of supplementary qualifications allows students who require extra subjects to broaden their qualification base during the Key Stage. (1,3)
h. There is an in-school programme including SRE, IAG and Drugs and Alcohol education. (2,4)
Our Curriculum – Key Stage 5
a. Students are offered a broad range of academic and vocational subjects based at Holly Lodge and in our partner school, West Derby Boys Academy. We recognise the breadth of Level 2 courses offered by local FE providers so students are guided towards these providers through the use of taster days and strong links between the schools and colleges. Consequently, we do not offer Level 2 courses other than resits in English and Maths. (1,3)
b. Sixth Form students follow a personalised study programme which can be academic, vocational or a mixture of learning aims. (1,3)
c. Subjects offered at KS5 include;
|There are 4 option columns; other options are available through Post-16 Collaborations|
|BTEC Applied Science||BTEC Music||A Level Film Studies||A Level Philosophy and Ethics|
|BTEC Art and Design||BTEC Sport||A Level French||A Level Physics|
|BTEC Business Studies||A Level Biology||A Level Geography||A Level Psychology|
|BTEC Drama||A Level Chemistry||A Level History||A Level Criminology|
|BTEC Health and Social Care||A Level English Literature||A Level Maths||A Level Politics|
d. All programmes include enrichment opportunities, volunteering and work experience where required. (2,3,4)
e. Programmes are designed to ensure that students can reach their desired destinations which are mainly university and higher apprenticeships.
f. Each single equivalent qualification receives 5 hours of teaching per week (1)
g. There is an in-school programme including SRE, IAG and Drugs and Alcohol education. (2,4)
Selected partner providers – All Key Stages
Shaping Futures to raise aspirations and encourage future participation in University. (1,2,4)
Brook Advisory Trust to develop understanding around SRE issues. (4)
Career Connect working to provide IAG to all students. (1,2,4)
Elevate delivering a bespoke revision skills programme to Years 7 to 11 (2,3,4)
Barclays Lifeskills delivering a range of workshops to Years 7 to 11 (2,4)
Selected partner providers – Key Stages 4 and 5
The Hope Opportunity Trust – working with the Springboard Trust to provide full bursaries to public boarding schools for disadvantaged students (1,2,4)
The Girls’ Network – providing mentors to disadvantaged students in Year 11(1,2,4)
Compact – providing work experience, employability interviews and other skills-related experiences (4)
HE Plus – An outreach scheme from Cambridge University aiming to increase diversity in Oxford and Cambridge. (2,4)
Liverpool to Oxbridge Partnership – a Liverpool-based scheme starting in Year 10 with the aim of increasing Oxbridge applications from the city. (2,4)
- Attendance is rising overall and PA is dropping. In particular, attendance of Y9 has increased to 94.5% this year.
- External exclusions have dropped significantly in Year 9 from 20 in 2017 to 8 this year. External exclusions in Year 8 are also lower this year than last year. (7 in 2017 compared to 4 this year).
- Student voice reports that Year 9 students are very happy with the switch to a 3 Year KS4 as it gives them more time on their GCSEs, means that they can focus on areas of strength and interest and also makes them feel more mature.
- Parents are also very happy with the broader range of options available and the greater amount of time to study them.
- Year 11 predicted grades show a much improved Progress 8 score whilst last year’s high levels of attainment have broadly been maintained despite the lower ability of the 2018 cohort.
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