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Curriculum

 Principles of Our Curriculum

 We believe that …

  • our students are most successful when provided with a curriculum that heightens their engagement, nurtures self-esteem and develops resilience;

  • a broad and balanced curriculum needs not only to be offered, but actively promoted with each student, so that their life chances are elevated and aspirations are realised;

  • a growth mindset approach is key to student success, so students understand that sometimes the greatest learning arises out of making mistakes, and crucially, that improvement and success are achieved through hard work and effort;

  • it is a necessity to cultivate self-belief in our students by providing them with opportunities to practice and learn from pre-public exam experiences;

  • providing students with the opportunity to build upon success in areas they enjoy translates into success in their qualifications/GCSEs;

  • students are not tied to a particular pathway, but movement between pathways is dependent on effort, commitment and achievement.

Key Features of Years 7 - 11:

Rather than seeing Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 as separate entities, we have devised a 5-year curriculum which builds on knowledge, skills and understanding each year, preparing our students for progression from Year 7 through their GCSEs and other qualifications which they gain in Years 9 - 11.  Learning outcomes and assessment information for each subject will be shared with students and parents.

Pathways and Destinations

Students in the “Accelerated Pathway” are challenged so that they are able to excel at the highest levels.  They start studying four optional GCSEs or equivalent BTECs in Year 9.  In Year 11, students sit exams for the core subjects of English Language and Literature, Maths, Science (Combined or Separate Sciences), Religious Education, and for their four options. Students will very likely pursue the English Baccalaureate.  Results for students in the Accelerated Pathway have been exceptional. They are well-prepared for Sixth Form and then go on to apply for top National Universities.

Students in the “Progress Pathway” benefit from supportive skills development and different groupings to help build confidence and nurture their self-esteem, and self-belief.  They too are challenged to excel and in Year 9, they too begin their GCSEs/qualifications. Year 9 is about engagement and students are encouraged to choose subjects they like and for which they have the most interest.  Students are encouraged to pursue the English Baccalaureate.  Destinations for students in the “Progress Pathway” range from work and apprenticeships to 6th form/college and then university.  

Students who require more support follow the “Access Pathway” in Year 7. They are taught in a “primary” style classroom, where they have one main teacher for most of their lessons and a focus on Literacy and Numeracy skills. This makes it easier to bridge the transition from Primary to Secondary school. Unlike Primary school, they have specialist teachers in Science, Languages, PE and Technology so that they benefit from all the facilities and opportunities on offer at Barnhill.  They then join the “Progress Pathway” which can lead to college, training or apprenticeships, 6th form or work.

 

Destination Pathway

By end of

Year 9

By end of

Year 10

By end of

Year 11

Post-16

Post-18

SOME Students:

 

Work

OR

Work-based Apprenticeship

Begin

Core subjects:

English Language, Literature, Maths, Science, RE

Continue

Core subjects:

English Language, Literature, Maths, Combined Science, RE

Complete

Core subjects:

English Language,

Literature, Maths, Combined Science, RE

6th form

or College

or Training

FE College

or Work

Begin Options:

BTEC or GCSE (Open choice for engagement; Steer towards filling each option basket)

Continue  Options:

BTEC or GCSE

Complete  Options:

BTEC or GCSE

 

Destination

Pathway

By end of

Year 9

By end of

Year 10

By end of

Year 11

Post-16

Post-18

MOST Students:

 

University-bound

OR

Academic-type Apprenticeship

Begin

Core subjects:

 

English Language, Literature, Maths, Combined or Separate Sciences, RE

Continue

Core subjects:

 

English Language, Literature, Maths,  Combined or Separate Sciences, RE

Complete

Core subjects:

 

English Language, Literature, Maths, Combined or Separate Sciences, RE

6th form or Apprenticeship

University or Apprenticeship

Begin Options:

BTEC or GCSE (Open choice for engagement; Steer towards filling each option basket)

Continue Options:

BTEC or GCSE

Complete Options:

BTEC or GCSE

SOME Students:

 

University-bound

with

EBacc Certificate

Begin Core subjects:

 

English Language, Literature, Maths, Combined or Separate Sciences, RE

Continue Core subjects:

 

English Language, Literature, Maths,  Combined or Separate Sciences, RE

Complete Core subjects:

 

English Language, Literature, Maths, Combined or Separate  Sciences, RE

6th form

University

Begin all Required EBacc GCSE Options:

 

History or Geography

and

French or Spanish

and

Two Open Choice Options

 

Continue all

Required EBacc and Open Options

Complete all Required EBacc and Open Options

(With grade C/5 or better to receive the certificate)

Other Unique Aspects

Students are exposed to careers education from Year 8, sports leadership opportunities from Year 9, higher education visits, workshops and conferences from Year 10, and school leadership opportunities throughout their time at Barnhill.  Sixth form students have a C2C (Contribution to the Community) programme and weekly enrichment such as Duke of Edinburgh, art, debating and music.

There is a very full sporting programme with events before and after school and during lunchtime. We offer day trips in each year groups, some of which are directly related to their subjects (eg.  English/Drama trips to the theatre; History trip to Belgium; Child Development trip to the Childhood Museum). We also run residential trips such as our French or Spanish visit. There is a full Creative Arts programme including Music, Dance, Drama and Art, culminating in our annual school production such as "Schools We Will Rock You", “Hairspray” and “The Wizard of Oz”.