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Lower School Curriculum 2021-22

Year 9 Options Booklet 2020-21

Senior School Curriculum overview Spring 2020

We believe that every pupil is entitled to a curriculum that is balanced, broad and caters for individual needs. In order to meet these needs the school provides a positive, caring environment, which enables pupils to gain confidence and repair self-esteem.


The full National Curriculum is taught with the exception of Modern Foreign Languages, differentiated to meet individual needs.


We expect all pupils to take at least 2 GCSE exams and some will enter 7 or more. Alternative courses are also available at KS4 in English and Maths, i.e. Functional Skills EL1 up to level 2. 


Pupils in KS2 follow the National Curriculum which is delivered in a multisensory way with differentiated worksheets, to cater for the majority of the children at the school with weak literacy and/or numeracy skills. At the same time, great emphasis is placed on improving these literacy and numeracy skills. Pupils are part of a reading group at the start of the school day. Years 4 – 7 have an hour long literacy lesson every morning. The small groups follow a programme tailored to meet individual needs. 


Personal, Social & Health Education is delivered both in discrete lessons and also as an integrated part of the curriculum, supplemented with inputs from outside agencies, tutor time, assemblies and whole or half day events. A number of topics are covered within departmental schemes of work.


At KS3, pupils study numerous subjects including some options, experiencing all aspects of the curriculum. This provides pupils with a clear idea of how to make appropriate choices at the end of Year 9. Creative subjects such as Art & Design, Textiles and Photography are very popular.


At KS4 the number of subjects varies according to the cohort, but in addition to the core subjects of English, Science and Mathematics, it generally includes 4 options in Years 10 and 11. Options available are revised annually. The selection of options is discussed and decided upon on an individual basis with each pupil and their parents. An Options Booklet is provided, outlining details of each course. We also have the flexibility to enable pupils to pursue external accredited courses where appropriate, past pupils having pursued day release courses in motor vehicles, animal management and catering.


A full range of PE games, both team and individual, are available, as we have access to the village Primary School playing fields next door, the village tennis courts and a weekly swimming/diving trip to the Guildford Spectrum for the pupils on a termly rotation. Special days such as yachting, canoeing, etc are built in to the programme.


Because some of our pupils have difficulty decoding traditional timetable grids, we have developed visual timetables to help them.


Both whole-word recognition and phonics are used to develop strategies for reading. Pupils are encouraged to read at home every night and we also endeavour to hear them read individually in school every day. A mixture of reading schemes are used and pupils are encouraged to choose their next reading book with the class teacher, particularly when they are becoming more fluent. Reading for enjoyment is a key tool in promoting confident readers and pupils in the Junior School have opportunities to read with their peers as well as being read to by members of staff. Comprehension skills are taught during Literacy lessons and whilst pupils are reading to staff, ensuring that they are understanding the context and subtext of their reading books.


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