Curriculum at Bridgnorth Endowed School 2016/2017
The Year 9 curriculum has undergone evaluation and improvements to provide more rigour in preparation for new reformed GCSEs from September 2015 onwards. Subjects use GCSE grade criteria and assessments to prepare students for the challenge of the reformed GCSEs in Year 10.
All pupils study the core subjects of English, Maths and Science in ability groups. The most able students in Science are prepared for the Triple Science course during the first part of the year and begin to study the course from the start of summer term in year 9.
The majority of pupils study Geography, History, French or Spanish, Art, Drama and Music as discrete subjects in Year 9.
A small group of the least able follow a Pre GCSE skills programme which encompasses elements of the above subjects through a project and themed approach. There is a particular focus on continuing to improve literacy, numeracy, examination and study skills in order to prepare them for GCSEs in Year 10. This programme is led by our SENCo.
Most pupils study Digital Literacy with Computing, however the most able pupils with a particular interest in Computer Science have specialist Computer Science lessons to prepare them for beginning the GCSE course in Year 10. This addresses some of the gaps between the Computer Science GCSE and the new KS2 and 3 expectations for computing that are still working through.
For pupils beginning Year 10 there are no early entry GCSEs, all students beginning a GCSE course in Year 10 will be examined terminally at the end of Year 11.
Year 10 students choose 4 option subjects alongside English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double or Triple Science.
The majority of students will study Double Science GCSE, with the most able studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology GCSEs. Students will not study BTEC Science qualifications.
The most able students are directed to choose a humanity and a language at GCSE. Middle ability pupils are directed to choose either a language or a humanity, with the recommendation that they should seriously consider choosing both. A small cohort of the least able students choose 3 subjects alongside the core subjects and follow a GCSE skills course which supports progress in literacy, numeracy and preparation for GCSE examinations in Year 11.
All pupils study RE, PE and PSHCE.
Pupils are allocated to an appropriate pathway based on prior attainment and progress, this is to support them in choosing appropriate subjects.
Students take GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths, and Science. The most able take Triple Science GCSEs. The majority of pupils take Core and Additional Science GCSEs. A small cohort of the least able students take a BTEC qualification in science and a GCSE in Environmental Science.
The majority of pupils take 2 GCSE subjects alongside the core subjects. There is a range of subjects to suit pupils with different aptitudes and abilities. For example Ancient History and Computer Science offer stretch and challenge for the most able, whilst BTEC Travel and Tourism, Creative iMedia and a range of more practical subjects provide appropriate challenge for less able students.
We are able to provide students with vocational level 1/2 qualifications taught off site where appropriate as well as work placements for a very small minority. This is discussed and agreed to meet the needs of students identified as requiring a bespoke curriculum to support them.
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