“We are proud of the curriculum we have in place at Kelmscott, indeed it has been praised by Ofsted in both their last two visits. We feel it is vitally important to maintain the breadth and balance to the curriculum in order to ensure that students have many options and pathways open to them when they leave us for Post 16 provision after Year 11.
In years 7-9 it is all about laying the building blocks for the new, linear more robust GCSEs. We work very closely with our feeder primary schools to find out the details of their curriculum in years 5 and 6. This is particularly important as we don’t want to repeat work that has already been done and we always ensure that we are providing challenge, particularly for our more able pupils, from the outset. Students study the full complement of subjects including core subjects, humanities, languages as well as a nice variety of technology and arts subjects. Midway through Year 9 students begin to consider which options subjects they would like to do for GCSE.
In years 10 and 11 students have more choice as to what they continue to study. They all continue their studies in English, Maths, Science and RE. In addition, they then choose three option subjects. All students are encouraged to choose what we call a ‘broadening subject’ such as Photography, Drama or GCSE PE. We feel very strongly that students need to continue studying a broad range of subjects. Our brightest students have the option of choosing triple science as an option or during period 6 which serves as an extension to the school day. Many students do choose period 6 and gain this additional GCSE as this then allows them to maintain breadth whilst still be able to achieve the Ebacc. All students take part in recreational PE during years 10 and 11 too.
I would welcome the opportunity to talk to any parents or other stakeholders about our curriculum so do get in contact if you have any questions or queries.