Formal Curriculum:  

The timetabled curriculum operates on a 2 week timetable with 49 x 1 hour lessons, 1 x 1 hour enrichment session, 10 x 15 minute a.m. tutor sessions, 10 x 30 minute p.m. tutor sessions each fortnight. 

Year 7 

In Year 7 students are taught as mixed-ability tutor groups for all curriculum areas. 

Each fortnight students will be timetabled: 

English (8 hours), Maths (8 Hours), Science (6 hours), Languages (5 hours), History (3 hours), Geography (3 hours), Philosophy & Beliefs (1 hour), PE (4 hours), Computer Science & ICT (2 hours), Art (3 hours), Drama (2 hours), Music (2 hours), Design & Technology (2 hours), Enrichment (1 hour 25 minutes) 

Details of the content taught in each subject area can be found on the school website in the Subjects area. 

Year 8 

In Year 8 students are taught in Sets for English, Maths, Science, Languages and PE.  They are taught as mixed-ability tutor groups for all other curriculum areas. 

Each fortnight students will be timetabled: 

English (8 hours), Maths (8 Hours), Science (6 hours), Languages (5 hours), History (3 hours), Geography (3 hours), Philosophy & Beliefs (1 hour), PE (4 hours), Computer Science & ICT (2 hours), Art (3 hours), Drama (2 hours), Music (2 hours), Design & Technology (2 hours), Enrichment (1 hour 25 minutes) 

Details of the content taught in each subject area can be found on the school website in the Subjects area. 

Year 9 

In Year 9 students are taught in Sets for English, Maths, Science, and core PE.  They are taught as mixed-ability option groups for all other subjects. 

Students begin to study their option choices in year 9 and embark upon a 3-year key stage 4.  The school feels that this in no way reduces the broad and balanced nature of the curriculum, in fact it has broadened the curriculum offer to students.  A greater variety of subjects can be offered due to students opting for four subjects; in particular there has been an increase in the number of vocational subjects available to students; which reflects the local community that our school serves.  All subject areas, including Languages, Humanities, The Arts, Sport, Technology and Vocational are available to all students, who are encouraged to select from a range of faculty areas. Students who have the ability to cope with the demands of studying a Language, alongside a Humanities subject are actively encouraged to do so during the Options process in order the meet the government targets for students achieving the EBacc.  With the change to students now opting for four subjects there has in fact been an increase in the number of students opting to continue to study a Language.  In addition, the school feels that spreading the key stage over three years rather than the traditional two has additional benefits for students.  Students have more opportunities to develop both leadership skills and subject specific skills that enhances their cultural capital.  The additional time devoted to options subjects, particularly those of a practical or vocational nature allows for a greater opportunity for the development of key employability skills.  In addition it reduces the stress that staff and students feel under to cover the extra content in many of the GCSE subjects; which is beneficial to the mental health of all concerned, especially to students when in Year 11. 

Through the enrichment programme the school ensures core national curriculum coverage is maintained throughout Years 9, 10 and 11.  All students in Years 9 and 10 continue to study content linked to Languages, Geography, History, Religious Education and the Arts.  In addition students develop their digital literacy by working towards achieving the iDEA Award. 

Each fortnight students will be timetabled: 

English (9 hours), Maths (8 Hours), Science (8 hours), PE (4 hours), Option Choice 1 (5 hours), Option Choice 2 (5 hours), Option Choice 3 (5 hours), Option Choice 4 (5 hours).  At least one of the option choices must be Geography or History. 

The range of option choice subjects is as follows: 

Art, Computer Science, Construction, Drama, Engineering, French, Geography, History, Hospitality and Catering, ICT, Music, Photography, Physical Education, Spanish, Sport, Travel & Tourism, Triple Science. 

Details of the content taught in each subject area can be found on the school website in the Subjects area. 

Year 10 

In Year 10 students are taught in Sets for English, Maths, Science, and PE.  They are taught as mixed-ability option groups for all other subjects. 

Each fortnight students will be timetabled: 

English (9 hours), Maths (8 Hours), Science (8 hours), PE (4 hours), Option Choice 1 (5 hours), Option Choice 2 (5 hours), Option Choice 3 (5 hours), Option Choice 4 (5 hours).  At least one of the option choices must be Geography or History. 

Details of the content taught in each subject area can be found on the school website in the Subjects area. 

Year 11 

In Year 11 students are taught in Sets for English, Maths, Science, and core PE.  They are taught as mixed-ability option groups for all other subjects. 

Each fortnight students will be timetabled: 

English (9 hours), Maths (9 Hours), Science (10 hours), PE (4 hours), Option Choice 1 (6 hours), Option Choice 2 (6 hours), Option Choice 3 (6 hours).  At least one of the option choices must be an EBacc subject (Languages, History, Geography or Computer Science).  In addition all students are working towards the Cambridge National Sport Science qualification. 

Details of the content taught in each subject area can be found on the school website in the Subjects area. 

Options:  

The annual options process for Y8à Y9 students commences in January and includes assembly briefings, taster sessions, a parents/carers’ meeting, tutor support and support from TTCT careers staff, culminating in an individual meeting being held with each individual student by a senior member of staff.  Option choices are confirmed via letter in May/June each year.  

Literacy and Numeracy:  

Literacy and Numeracy are taught both discretely and consciously reinforced throughout all aspects of the curriculum.  

Students’ literacy skills are developed by the use of the reading schemes and Literacy packages which provides structured age appropriate support to develop these key life skills. 

RSHE:  

RSHE is a timetabled session every week during tutor time, with the year divided into key areas of study including health education; relationships; careers education; citizenship whilst encompassing British Values. 

An annual plan of significant dates in the religious and cultural calendar ensures that there is a focus, through assemblies and PSHE lessons on important cultural and religious festivals and commemorative days.  

The development of social and communication skills is also a key part of the PSHCE/SMSC curriculum.  

PSHCE is also delivered through drop down days; which provide students with the opportunities to cover a range of learning outcomes and develop key skills. 

Religious Education and Collective Worship:  

Religious Education themes and topics are covered as a core subject within the Humanities curriculum in Years 7 and 8 as well as through enrichment, assemblies and PSHEE for students in Years 9, 10 and 11.    

Children of any faith and those of no faith are encouraged to value everyone and their beliefs equally.  Shared assembly themes focus on the celebration of different cultures and beliefs of all within the school community and aim:   

  1. To show interest in and concern for members of the school community  
  2. To celebrate special occasions together  
  3. To show concern for the daily happenings in school life, the local community and wider world  
  4. To share appreciation of worthwhile activities undertaken by groups within the school 
  5. To reflect upon dimensions of human life

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and/or Collective Worship. 

Sex and Relationships Education: 

Sex and Relationships Education is taught in RSHE and Science lessons at a level appropriate to the level of understanding of the young people.

We liaise closely with partner organisations such as the local Health Care Trust for specialist individual input and support. 

Parents may request that their child is excused from Sex Education. 

Enrichment: 

The curriculum is enriched by educational trips and visits, local community links and opportunities within the timetable to engage with new experiences. 
The School has a formal enrichment programme which runs on a Friday afternoon every fortnight which has been designed to develop the students’ cultural capital. 

During this time students engage in activities to support them in making progress with their learning, their general knowledge and also prepare them for their role as an active citizen in society.  These activities are designed to complement the curriculum they follow.  

In Year 7 students’ complete a Learning to Learn programme which helps develop self-awareness of their learning skills and helps prepare the students for their time at Selston High School.  Students go on to complete several programmes of study including a literacy project, problem solving, careers and guidance throughout the remainder of Years 7 and 8.  In Years 9 and 10 students complete a programme of study on the past, the environment, ethics, Languages, creative arts and the iDEA award to ensure continued study of all aspects of the national curriculum whilst studying for their GCSE’s.  Students have an additional lesson of science in Year 11.

Equal Opportunities:  

The school supports the rights of all students to equal access and opportunities regardless of age, culture, religion, gender, ability, disability or sexuality.  The school promotes an ethos of respect for everyone.