To allow our curriculum approach to be effective (i.e., students learn what they are expected to in the year they are expected to), early catch up is essential. We promptly identify and support pupils who start secondary school without a secure grasp of reading, writing and mathematics so that they can access the entire curriculum.
Some students are withdrawn from wider curriculum lessons to receive additional lessons to secure literacy and maths knowledge and allow all students to be successful. We plan this support carefully to ensure every student experience the full curriculum over time. All students in year 9 begin RS GCSE, which they complete in Year 10. All students study French or Spanish in Year 7, and some can study another language, including Mandarin and Latin.
We provide all Year 9 students with the opportunity to complete the iDEA qualification in computing lessons. We believe that this supports the development of digital, enterprise and employability skills. Our Design Technology curriculum includes Food Technology, Textiles and Product Design. During year 9, we also provide all students with individual subject options guidance to select their Key Stage 4 study pathways as part of the options and careers process.