Curriculum statement

The whole functioning of Wolstanton High School is rooted in the Aims and Objectives of the School.

Schemes of Work, procedures and routines, the School Development Plan and all other areas of activity, whether academic or social, should reflect these aims. They represent the cornerstone of what we believe to be important and, as such, should be agreed by all and reviewed on a regular basis. However, many of the values expressed in the aims are not subject to change but reflect our basic ideals.

Academic and Vocational Objectives

Curriculum 

Students are central to everything that we do. Our curriculum is designed to give all students every opportunity to make full use of their skills, qualities and attributes in order to prepare them effectively for adult and working life.

We will strive to ensure that all members of its community have safe and pleasant conditions in which to work. The atmosphere should be one which reflects commitment, tolerance, care and respect, whilst celebrating the success of those who are part of the community.

Curriculum 2016/2017 

The curriculum at Wolstanton is aimed to provide a personalised experience for our students, designed to meet their individual needs.  This is achieved by:

  • Treating all students as individuals.
  • Planning learning to the meet the needs all of our students.
  • Offering a comprehensive range of subjects to be studied.
  • Focusing on developing students’ skills.
  • Providing different curriculum pathways.
  • Providing a range of extended learning experiences outside of the classroom.
  • Ensuring students have access to high quality information, advice and guidance.

Years 7, 8, 9

In Years 7 to 9 the aim is to improve our students’ skills and knowledge. To achieve this, the focus is on both subject specific and students’ personal, learning and thinking skills.  Subject knowledge is also enhanced through the development of these skills.  Additionally, through Focus days, students will have extended opportunities to develop their learning.

The subjects studied are:

English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, a Foreign Language, Geography, History, Art, Music, Literacy, Physical Education, Religious Education, Computing and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship.

KS3 information

For more information on KS3 curriculum please click here.

Years 10 & 11

In Years 10 and 11, as well as following a core curriculum, students are able to choose from a range of courses to make up their studies. These courses include traditional GCSEs, applied GCSEs and BTecs.  This gives students the opportunity to gain at least 9 GSCEs or equivalent. Students follow either an academic or vocational pathway, depending on their choice of courses, providing an excellent route for advanced studies in Further Education and beyond. Students are also involved in Focus days.

All students take a common core of subjects:

English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Religious Education, Careers, Physical Education, and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE).

Additionally students are able to choose courses from:

GCSE courses in:
Geography, History, French, Art and Design, Art and Photography, Music, Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Product Design, Computer Science, Triple Science,   Information Technology, Business  and Communication Systems and Physical Education.

BTEC/OCR Cambridge Nationals courses in:
Information Technology, Construction and Home Cooking.

Alternative Curriculum
Some pupils will have the opportunity of following vocational courses at local colleges or with external providers such as Martec or PM training.  

KS4 information

Click here to access the KS4 Options Booklet for more information regarding the KS4 Pathways.

For more information on KS4 curriculum please click here.

Curriculum Pathways 

Students will be initially placed in classes according to their KS2 starting points in Y7 and thereafter they will be reset according to the progress they are making throughout the year and at the end of the year.

The students will be ranked in order of ability in their subject area or groups of subjects and placed in appropriate populations of W population and H population.

The W population will be for the most able students in Years 7/8/9/10. 

In Years 7, 8 and 9 the vast majority of pupils will follow the core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, French, Computing, Religious Education, Careers, Physical Education, and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE).

Some pupils will have additional literacy support in Y7 and 8 and some will follow an alternative curriculum in Y9 more suited to their learning needs.

At the end of Y8 pupils will have the opportunity to follow the Triple Science pathway in Years 9, 10 and 11.

Option Process

Students will decide on their GCSE option subjects in Year 9, ready to start in 
Year 10.  They will have the option of following recommended curriculum pathways according to their academic ability.

The pathways for 2016-2017 are:

In years 10 and 11 in addition to their option subjects, the vast majority of pupils will study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Religious Education, French, Careers, Physical Education, and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE).

Timetable

The school follows a two week timetable.  Each day is split into five, 60 minute periods, with single and double lessons. 

Form Period (assembly): 20 minutes

Period 1: 60 minutes

Period 2: 60 minutes

Break: 20 minutes

Period 3: 60 minutes

Period 4: 60 minutes

Lunchtime: 40 minutes

Period 5: 60 minutes

Form registration: 10 minutes

Focus Days

On these days, the timetable will be collapsed to allow one Year group to focus on one area of the curriculum for the day. Topics such as Drugs Awareness, Finance Awareness and Child Exploitation will be planned for targeted groups throughout the year. Teachers who deliver these days will have their lessons re-allocated to staff whose lessons have been taken from the regular timetable.

In addition, there will be Y10 and Y11 Data Conferences, a Year 9 Options day and Geography field trips.

Focus days will be limited to around three per Year group and bids for days, with clear objectives, would need to be submitted and would need to be put on the calendar at least a term in advance.