At Tiverton High School, we offer a broad, balanced, relevant, differentiated and inclusive curriculum to all students. At Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 the curriculum conforms to the National Curriculum programmes of study and all other statutory requirements. The taught curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum programmes of study at Key Stages 3 and 4 and is timetabled using a 30 period timetable.
Our curriculum has been developed to meet the requirements of current national guidelines and our commitment to the provision of a wide range of subjects, including breadth in our arts subjects.
Our commitment to providing a curriculum that is broad and balanced means that all students at KS4 take at least one subject which reflects the English Baccalaureate range of subjects. All students have the opportunity to study a General Studies course from Year 7 through to Y11 through our House programme and from September 2015 all students will sit full course RPS (Religious Education) as part of the core KS4 curriculum offer. (Y10 2014-15)
At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) students study the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Design Technology, French or German, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, as well as General Studies (a programme which delivers personal, social, health, citizenship and careers education as well as the GCSE General Studies specification).
At Key Stage 4 all students study the core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science (double or triple science), PE, General Studies and Religious Education. Students have a further wide range of subjects to choose from that includes arts, DT, ICT and humanities subjects. The study of a modern foreign language, geography or history to GCSE is compulsory for all students. Most students will go to gain 10 GCSEs. Some students will study fewer and will be given support through our Learning Support programme. Opportunities are also available for students to gain qualifications in their home languages.
As students enter Key Stage 4, we aim to provide a personalised curriculum designed to meet their needs. We engage students and parents in decisions regarding their option choices. All students are entitled to examination entry in their chosen subjects, provided that they have met the basic requirements of attendance and coursework or controlled assessment completion.
The curriculum offered at Key Stage 4 ensures that there are clear progression routes to enable students to continue their post-16 education and to prepare them for higher education and / or the world of work.
Students are grouped in a variety of ways according to the needs of the subject. This includes fine setting and mixed ability teaching as appropriate.
Support for students with Special Educational Needs, and those for whom English is an additional language, is provided in class and through interventions with literacy support staff. Specialist support in subjects is offered through designated curriculum teaching assistants. Further to this, support for EAL students is provided through literacy support staff and classroom staff.
Formal assessments of learning are conducted according to our Assessment, Recording and Reporting schedule and targets are shared with students and their parents regularly. Assessments of students’ learning are also made more informally and frequently.
The implementation of this policy is monitored through whole school, departmental and pastoral self-review through use of the Ensuring Quality policy.
Further documentation can be seen on the website:Departmental pages KS4 options pages
Assessment, Recording and Reporting policy