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The years at secondary school are split into two stages, Key Stage 3, which covers Years 7-9 and Key Stage 4, which covers Years 10 and 11 - the GCSE years.



The curriculum is defined as 'the totality of all learning and other experiences that a school plans for its students'

As a state maintained secondary school, in addition to the experiences we would like our students to have, we must conform to national and local guidelines.

This section outlines the curriculum aims of the school, local curriculum aims and national curriculum aims that our model is based on. It also outlines other accountability measures that the school must take into consideration when planning a curriculum for its students.

For further information on our curriculum offer please contact Dr S Aylward - Assistant Headteacher

The school's curriculum aims

Our school's curriculum aims to develop well rounded learners who are prepared for the next stage of their life, work and further education. Learners who are equipped to take up their place in society as leaders. This is encapsulated in our strapline which is 'Aspire, Believe, and Succeed' and our mission statements which aim to:

  1. raise standards and attainment and achievement for all students
  2. extend the subjects and enrichment activities available both inside and outside the classroom.
  3. ensure that our students make a positive contribution to the college and the wider community.
  4. ensure that our students have the necessary skills to succeed in their future studies and career.

We aim to develop a curriculum which would make our school's community a place where learners are happy, stimulated and challenged. Our learners will leave with multiple intelligences to include emotional, social and academic intelligence. Our learners will be resilient, recession proof, and have integrity as the basis of their values.

Conisborough College sets high standards of learning and teaching, celebrating the achievements of every member of our community.

We want to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. (IB curriculum)

The Local Agenda

The Lewisham's Children and Young People Plan (CYP) states some key aims of the curriculum of Lewisham Schools.

  • Focus on core subjects of the Ebacc (Double Science, Geography, History,Modern Foreign Language, English and Maths)
  • A*/A/B grades to ensure that there is accelerated and sustained improvement, and aiming for the best quartile nationally by 2015.
  • Differentiated core offer of monitoring, challenge and support - to make more progress and exceed national average outcomes
  • Transfer successfully from one key stage to the next - achieve 2 or more A*-C grades in Science GCSE's or equivalent.

The National Curriculum model and Ofsted aims

The National Curriculum is one part of the school's curriculum.

As a state maintained community school, Conisborough College has to deliver the National Curriculum which promotes; Spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students at the school.  Prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of later life. (section 78 of 2002 Education Act; 2010 Academies Act)

Ofsted's guidance for the description of an outstanding curriculum is 'The school's curriculum promotes and sustains a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning. It covers a wide range of subjects and provides opportunities for academic, technical and sporting excellence. It has a very positive impact on all students' behaviour and safety, and contributes very well to students' academic achievement, their physical wellbeing, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development' (Ofsted – pdfSummary of changes to School Inspection Handbook September 2013)

Statutory Requirements

  • Provision for a daily act of collective worship
  • Religious Education at every Key Stage .
  • Sex and relationship education at every key stage
  • Must follow the National Curriculum (NC) which sets out programmes of study on the basis of each key stage.
  • The school's curriculum by subject and academic year must be published on line.
  • The school must publish on the website information in relation to each academic year, relating to the content of the school's curriculum for each subject and details about how additional information relating to the curriculum can be obtained.
  • Provision for PHSCE.

School have the freedom to include subjects or topics in planning and designing their own programme of education.

The NC is made up of 4 key stages (Key stages 1 – 4), 12 subjects divided into core and foundation subjects.

The programmes of study is published by the Secretary of state for Education for each subject.

This sets out matters, skills and processes to be taught at each key stage.

  Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
Age  5-7 7-11  11-14 14-16
Year Group  1-2 3-6 7-9 10-11
Core Subjects
English ×  × ×   ×
Maths ×  × ×   ×
Science ×  × ×  ×
Foundation Subjects
Art & Design × × ×  
Citizenship     ×  ×
ICT / Computing × ×  ×   ×
Languages   × × (MFL)  
D & T × ×  ×   
Geography ×  ×     
History × ×  ×   
Music ×  × ×   
PE × ×  ×  × 
RE ×  ×  × × 
Sex Ed / Relationships     ×  × 

Key Stage 4 Entitlements

  • The Arts (Art & Design, Music, Dance, Drama, Media Arts)
  • Humanities (Geography, History)
  • MFL
  • Design & Technology

All students have a statutory entitlement to be able to study a subject in each of the four areas.

Statutory Guidance in relation to entitlements

  • Schools must provide access to a minimum of one course in each of the four entitlement areas.
  • Schools must provide the opportunity for students to take a course in all 4 areas should they wish to do so.
  • A course that meets the entitlement requirements must give students the opportunity to obtain an approved qualification.

Other considerations / Local and National agendas / Accountability measures

  • Minimum amount of guided hours required to deliver the subject at Key stage 4
  • Subjects must be afforded curriculum time that allows quality teaching
  • Attainment 8 ( average grade of B-)
  • Progress 8 (En, Ma, Ebacc1, Ebacc2, Ebacc3 , other 1, other 2, other 3) (+0.5)
  • 5 A*-C with English and Maths.
  • Only 2 vocational qualifications count in 5A*-C and best 8 subjects and up to 3 vocational subjects in the other slots.
  • EBacc (23%)

Core Science counts as Ebacc but for Double Science, students must sit core and additional or Triple Science. These choices must be made at the beginning of the course.

  • Early entries replaced by linear exams
  • Challenge
  • ½ courses do not count.

Taking all of the above into consideration, we have designed a curriculum that meets the needs of our students and satisfies our statutory responsibilities.

Key Stage four Curriculum Model

Our aim is to get the right students on the right courses.

Students are encouraged to choose subjects that will secure them good grades in accordance with their prior attainment.
Religious Studies, PSHCE, Citizenship, sex education and career education are enhanced through through a combination of Tutor time and Drop Down Days.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Model

At Key Stage 3 we offer a skills based curriculum running alongside the traditional English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Double Science, MFL, PE, D&T, Performing Arts in year 7; Mini Option in year 8 ( Music and Art); Key Stage Four tasters in Year 9.

Learning at Conisborough College


All students have different needs and we take our responsibility to meet those needs very seriously.  On joining Conisborough College, students are carefully placed in mixed ability tutor groups of about 26 students.  Throughout Year 7, they are taught in these groups except for Maths and Technology.  This allows them time to settle in and adjust to secondary school life and for teachers to assess their needs.

All students have different needs and we take our responsibility to meet those needs very seriously.  On joining Conisborough College, students are carefully placed in mixed ability tutor groups of about 26 students.  Throughout Year 7, they are taught in these groups except for Maths and Technology.  This allows them time to settle in and adjust to secondary school life and for teachers to assess their needs.

Tests completed in the first few weeks of term help teachers identify individual styles and needs, along with information from primary schools, parents and students themselves.

The curriculum at Conisborough College is broad and balanced and is designed to engage and challenge students at all academic levels to achieve to their full potential.

There are also a range of enrichment activities that encourage students to develop their enterprise, sporting and performing skills.

quote marks yellowThe facilities are excellent and help with our learning!  We have wireless access around the school, laptops in every department and interactive whiteboards in every classroom.  Learning at Conisborough College is much better I could have hoped! - Year 7 student

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