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Curriculum

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.

Introduction

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.

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 intent, which is as follows:

  • We believe that learning should be meaningful and memorable
  • We believe that learning should be meaningful and memorable
  • Our curriculum is broad and balanced but we are flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests.
  • All students have access to the school’s full curriculum
  • There are clear progression routes in terms of subject knowledge and skills
  • Through a literacy rich curriculum, we aim to ensure that students leave as independent and resilient learners; critical thinkers and proficient and confident readers, writers and speakers.
  • We strive to develop the whole person: head, hand and heart.
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Head

  • Striving for academic excellence• Striving for academic excellence
  • The passing on of “the best that has been thought and said”
  • The discussion of big ideas and concepts
  • Building a broad cultural knowledge: students can shape the world they enter by questioning what they see and applying knowledge
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Hand

  • Valuing the arts and creativity
  • Everyone has a chance to be an apprentice
  • Providing real opportunities for students to make a difference
  • Learning how to be an active and engaged citizen
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Heart

  • Building a sense of purpose and values
  • Building a sense of purpose and values
  • Helping young people to find and be their authentic self
  • Encouraging students to know what they stand for and resist the crowd
  • Making sense of the big issues going on around us

When designing and reviewing the curriculum, staff have created opportunities for students to:

  • Regularly secure and enhance prior learning
  • ‘Think like a …’, ‘Speak like a…’, ‘Read like a…’, ‘Write like a…’ by engaging with powerful subject knowledge
  • Coordinate meaningful links within and across subjects in order to achieve the highest possible standards
  • Collaborate through meaningful dialogue and discussion
  • See and exhibit excellence
  • Engage with environments and expertise beyond the classroom
  • Develop positive learning habits and attitudes that support progress across all subjects

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

The Local Agenda

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

To ensure Lewisham children are making progress, achieving and are ready for adulthood, the local authority works hard to ensure:

  • More children and young people will receive a high quality education.
  • More children and young people will receive a high quality education.• The right support is in place to prevent exclusions from school.
  • More young people attain the qualifications they need at age 16 and 18 to be successful in life.
  • More young people in secondary school who receive special educational needs support in school, or have an education, health and care plan (EHCP) make good progress.
  • More young people go on to employment, further education or training, including apprenticeships.

The National Curriculum model and Ofsted’s aims

As a state maintained community school, Conisborough College has to deliver the National Curriculum.

The National Curriculum is one part of the school’s curriculum. We also pride ourselves on our strong hidden curriculum which promotes healthy relationships between students and their peers and students and staff.

The 2002 Education Act requires schools to provide a ‘balanced and broadly based curriculum’ which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Ofsted’s guidance is that schools create ‘A curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) or high needs, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.’

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.

Curriculum - Core Subjects

 Key Stage 1Key Stage 2Key Stage 3Key Stage 4
Age 5-77-11 11-1414-16
Year Group 1-23-67-910-11
English
Maths
Science

Curriculum - Foundation Subjects

 Key Stage 1Key Stage 2Key Stage 3Key Stage 4
Age 5-77-11 11-1414-16
Year Group 1-23-67-910-11
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 (a student’s average grade across their subject)
  • Progress 8 (a measure of student progress from their KS2 starting point)
  • Grade 4+ in English and Maths
  • An opportunity to study Ebacc
  • Early entries replaced by linear exams

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 4 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 a combination of Tutor time and Drop Down Days.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Model

At Key Stage 3 we offer a broad and balanced curriculum including: English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, MFL, PE, D&T, Performing Arts. In years 7-9 students receive guidance and taster sessions on subjects only available at Key Stage 4, for example Sociology.

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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.

The 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!

Emily

Year 7 Student, Conisborough College

Paper Copies

If you require a printed copy of any of the school’s polices or any other information on our website, please contact the school and we will be happy to provide it.

From our 2019 report

On the Headteacher…

Since your appointment you have developed a culture of high aspiration
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Since your appointment you have developed a culture of high aspiration

On the Headteacher…

Your determination and energy, supported by thorough self-evaluation and focused, improvement planning are making a positive difference to pupils and staff.
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2020-01-09T14:58:24+00:00
Your determination and energy, supported by thorough self-evaluation and focused, improvement planning are making a positive difference to pupils and staff.

On the Headteacher…

You have taken swift action to support current pupils.
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You have taken swift action to support current pupils.

On leadership…

Leaders are taking effective action to ensure that teaching is routinely good
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Leaders are taking effective action to ensure that teaching is routinely good

On Teaching staff…

Teachers demonstrated strong subject knowledge and planned activities to meet their pupils’ learning needs.
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2020-02-27T10:45:58+00:00
Teachers demonstrated strong subject knowledge and planned activities to meet their pupils’ learning needs.
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