We allow our pupils to choose their options from a wide range of creative, vocational and academic subjects in Year 9, allowing them to personalise their learning and choose subjects which engage and enthuse them.
In addition, all pupils follow a programme of Sports Studies for 3 hours per week in Year 9 and 10. This is crucial in our community, as the programme of study addresses a range of PSHE strands pertinent to local need including: health and wellbeing, relationships, careers and the world of work, as well as the role of the media in influencing belief and the theme of diversity through the paralympics. A focus on leadership also encourages pupils to seek out positive role models in their lives as opposed to negative ones which can be found in the community.
Pupils studying Humanities plus a language, continue their pathway into Year 11, whilst others can complement their academic studies in Year 11 with an additional option, providing an important creative outlet at a potentially stressful time in their academic career. The benefit of this curriculum model is that it enables pupils to focus on fewer subjects, developing resilience, ambition and supporting mental well-being. Pupils can access additional support where needed which is not available at home, and over the 5 years they can study a wide range of subjects, keeping their future career options open and supporting them into further employment, education or training.
The impact of this model on the most disadvantaged has been overwhelmingly positive, with disadvantaged pupils making well above national average progress rates for disadvantaged students in 2019.