Haydon Bridge Curriculum Intent
Our dedication to excellence will develop:
- Successful, confident and resilient students who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve excellence.
- Independent individuals who are equipped to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
- Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society, including their local community and the wider international world, are tolerant and value difference.
This is underpinned by a curriculum which:
- Is ambitious and designed to give all pupils the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
- Creates an aspirational high-achievement culture.
- Takes into account all individual needs and provides a bespoke and personalised learning journey for all learners.
- Allows everyone to experience success and be stretched and sufficiently challenged.
- Prepares students for the next stage in their learning and for life in the twenty-first century so that their education opens doors to the future of their choice.
- Encourages students to study a wide range of subjects and courses, giving breadth and depth of knowledge and providing acquisition and practice of skills.
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 aims.
In order to fulfil these ideals, our five-year curriculum model requires pupils to engage with a wide range of subjects in Year 7 and 8 and then provides a more bespoke approach through our options programme in Years 9 to 11.
Year 7 and 8
In Year 7 and 8, faculties have planned schemes of work that ensure coverage of content of the national Programme of Study and that build on prior learning. It is important to us that the Year 7 and 8 curriculum is much more than a means of preparing pupils for Years 9 to 11. High challenge, enjoyment and success are at the heart of learning.
Alongside Mathematics, English, Science, Religious Studies, PSHE and Physical Education, Year 7 and 8 students study a broad range of non-core subjects. Art, Business and Enterprise, Computing, Drama, French, Geography, History, Music and Technology, ensure their curricula give pupils an experience of both the academic and vocational aspects of their subjects.
From Year 9, students begin to specialise to provide them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subjects they choose to study at KS4. Through the options process, we meet the statutory national requirements and aim to provide a bespoke curriculum. For us, this means giving our pupils as much choice and flexibility as possible, whilst ensuring they follow examination courses that maximise the opportunity for them to achieve their potential, as well as providing pathways for the future, whether this is progression to post 16 education or employment.
All students follow a compulsory core comprising examination courses in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, in addition to non-examined courses in Religious Education, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. These subjects combined comprise 60% (or 36 out of 60 lessons each fortnight) of the curriculum.
In addition, students in y9 will study French and history/geography for 20% of their curriculum. The remaining 20% (or 12 out of 60 lessons each fortnight) of curriculum time comprises an option subject. Students study four option subjects in total during years 9 -11, one option in y9, one in year 10 and two in year 11.
Optional Subjects (completed in either year 9, 10 or 11):
Art and Design (Fine Art or Photography), Business Studies, Computer Science, Child Development, Engineering, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Geography, Health and Social Care, History, ICT, Music, Performing Arts, Physical Education and Religious Studies.
For any student who requires it at any stage in their learning, additional support is provided through quality first teaching or withdrawal to enable them to rapidly catch up.
An additional lunchtime and after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, art, music and drama.
We have a small school 6th Form where pupils are offered a varied diet of academic A Levels and Vocational qualifications that cater for Level 3 needs. Courses are available in a wide range of subjects and pupils receive extensive guidance from the dedicated Head of Sixth Form to ensure they choose the subjects that are right for them and enable them to enter the next stage of their learning journey, be it at university or an advanced level apprenticeship. The majority of students are encouraged to take three “level 3” qualifications although some are allowed to take 4 subjects. All students have the opportunity to opt into the Level 3 EPQ. In addition, students have supervised private study periods and an elective programme of enrichment activities.
Subjects offered (some taught in year 12 &13 groups):
Advanced Levels: Art and Design (Fine Art, Photography or Textile Design), Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Studies, Sociology.
Applied and Tech Level: Business, Children’s Play, Learning and Development, Health and Social Care, Information Technology, Applied General Science.