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Curriculum Statement

Our Lady’s Convent High School – Curriculum Statement

We aim to offer a broad and balanced curriculum which is annually reviewed to meet the needs of all our students and enable them to fulfill their potential.

September 2017 – Key Stage 3 curriculum (Years 7 to 9)

Year 7 – study a broad range of subjects including our ‘Learning Pathways’ (LEAP) programme that draws together a number of subjects and skills (Citizenship, History, Geography, Literacy, Personal, Learning & Thinking Skills) and helps the transition from primary to secondary.

Years 8 & 9 – study the same broad range of subjects with some increases in timetable allocation.

Summary of Teaching Periods

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Art

2

2

2

Citizenship

0

2

2

Design Technology

3

3

3

Drama

2

2

2

English

8

8

8

Geography

4

4

4

History

4

4

4

ICT

2

2

2

Learning Pathways (LEAP)

4

0

0

Mathematics

7

7

7

MFL - French or Spanish 

5

6

6

Music

2

2

2

P.E.

5

5

5

R.E.

6

6

6

Science

6

7

7

Total number of periods

60

60

60

Teaching periods are 50 minutes long and the school operates a 2 week, 5 periods per day,  60 period timetable.

Find out more about our KS3 Curriculum and resources:

September 2017 – Key Stage 4 curriculum (Years 10 and 11)

Our school has a long tradition of providing a broad key stage 4 (KS4) curriculum based predominantly on GCSE qualifications.  This year’s KS4 curriculum aims to maintain breadth at the same time as addressing the issues we have experienced in recent years where students have struggled to achieve the expected standard across all their subjects.  The Government accountability measures expect schools to offer students a broad range of at least eight subjects which must include English and Mathematics.

In order to meet these expectations and maintain our tradition of a broad KS4 curriculum, we will give students the opportunity to study nine subjects with additional qualifications available during twilight language classes, if desired.

All students will study: Religious Studies, English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science and a Modern Foreign Language (French, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese).  In addition, they will follow non-examinable courses in Citizenship/PSHE and general PE.

We aim to provide a curriculum that allows students to meet academic thresholds that are highly regarded by employers, universities and the government.  This means that we encourage students to take a humanities subject (either Geography or History) which, along with the above combination, will allow them to gain EBacc (English Baccalaureate).  We also encourage them to choose an Arts subject so that their full range of choices gives a broad and balanced curriculum.  Universities and employers value creativity and ‘soft-skills’ along-side academic qualifications; it is our aim to provide that experience for our students.

Our full range of option choices is :

Art, Design Technology (Resistant Materials, Textiles, Graphics), Drama, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, ICT, Music

In addition, our Special Needs department will also provide personalised programmes of study support and alternative courses for students who would not be able to access a full programme of GCSE courses.

Find out more about our KS4 Curriculum and resources:

 

Key Stage 5 curriculum (Years 12 and 13)

We offer A level courses in a broad range of subjects:

Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design Technology, Drama, Economics,  English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, Government & Politics, History, ICT,  Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Photography, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Textiles

And BTEC (Level 3) courses  in Health & Social care (equivalent to 3 A level passes), Business (equivalent to 2 A level passes) and ICT (equivalent to 1 A level pass)

Find out more about our KS5 Curriculum and resources: