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Curriculum Overview

At Bradon Forest our curriculum focuses on ensuring our students leave our school as high qualified and mature young adults able to contribute to society. To fulfil this aim we offer students a variety of learning opportunities within and beyond the classroom. These recognise and celebrate the fact that every individual is unique and has different strengths.

Teaching and Learning are central to our curriculum and school. Visitors will find young people investigating, exploring, discussing, debating, recording, filming, planning, drafting and presenting. Teachers use the good behaviour at the school as a basis for challenging all students to learn the wide range of subjects on offer.

Rather than perceiving the curriculum to be divided between Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 we see Years 7 - 11 as a continuum that helps students progress to adulthood, further education and employment. In the core subjects of Maths, English and Science students will begin learning material to support their GCSEs in Year 9 and sometimes earlier. Our assessment system in all years reflects the new GCSE grades 9 - 1. Students, staff, parents and carers can chart their progress throughout their time at the school understanding the skills and expertise needed for academic success.

While the curriculum and developing timetable have been vital in improving examination results our students do far more than simply focus on academic success. Our extracurricular activities and enrichment programme provides a range of on and off site opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. These help foster and develop the superb young people visitors, colleges and employers tell us make Bradon Forest students unique.

As well as the core curriculum our students are challenged to achieve beyond expectations with our More Able programme whether they meet the government’s definition of More Able or not.

Key Stage 3

On entry to Bradon Forest our broad and balanced curriculum enables students to explore a range of skills and activities developing expertise ready for further education and future employment. Following the National Curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a range of courses including English, Maths, Science, PE, Languages (French and German), Music, Global Citizenship, Design Technology, Art, History, Geography, Textiles, Religious Studies and Drama. A term by term curriculum overview is available on our Key Stage 3 page.

Parents and students are provided with assessment information three times a year. The reports will include effort grades for homework and classwork, as well as current working at grades. See our Assessment page for more detail.

Key Stage 4

Mid way through Year 9 students decide upon their options for Years 10 and 11. All students take a core set of subjects accounting for 60% of the timetable. This core includes English, Mathematics, Science, Global Citizenship and PE. Many of our students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as individual GCSEs. Alongside the core offer, students can chose a range of options. The majority of our students select to study History or Geography and either French or German.  This particular combination of options mean that students are set up to achieve the government’s Attainment and Progress 8 measures as well as the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) at the end of Year 11.

Other options include Art (2D and 3D), Business Studies, Food, Computing, Product Design, Graphics, ICT, Dance, PE, Resistant Materials, Textiles, Drama, Music and Media. All subjects will be graded 9 – 1 by 2019 and will generally have little coursework. A term by term curriculum overview is available on our Key Stage 4 page.

Students, parents and carers are provided with assessment information five times a year in Key Stage 4. The reports will include effort grades for homework and classwork, as well as current working at grades. See our Assessment page for more detail.

Background information on the National Curriculum can be viewed here.

Here is our school day:  

Registration

08.45 - 09.05

1

09.05 - 10.05

2

10.05 - 11.05

BREAK 1

11.05 - 11.30

3

11.30 - 12.30

4

12.30 - 13.30

BREAK 2

13.30 - 14.25

5

14.25 - 15.25