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Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum seeks to offer opportunities for all of our pupils to flourish.

The curriculum is designed so that all pupils, regardless of their starting point or what their interests are, are able to develop the attitudes and qualities which prepares them to

  • achieve the very best academic standards in all subject areas for their ability.
  • develop the necessary skills which helps prepare them for life beyond school; and
  • Challenges our pupils to take an active role in their education. 

We take every opportunity to ensure all pupils make the best progress possible and achieve the highest possible standards in subjects and qualifications. We strive to narrow the gaps in achievement and enable those not achieving age-related expectations to catch up with their peers. Our ALNCo works closely with all departments, in order to support pupils so that they all have access to the curriculum. The school challenges more able and talented pupils so that they achieve their full potential and their progress is sustained and enhanced. We make certain that all young people develop the skills and abilities needed for success in life and can apply them in a wide range of contexts.

Teaching groups vary in nature but generally there are mixed ability classes on admission in Year 7. A process of setting in the core subjects takes place as pupils move through the school. 

Curriculum Organisation

At key stage 3 (Years 7 - 9) the school curriculum consists of

  • Core subjects: English, Welsh, mathematics and science
  • Non-core subjects: Modern foreign languages, design technology, ICT, history, geography, religious education, art, music, drama, physical education, PSE (including sex education)

At key stage 4 (Years 10 - 11) the school curriculum consists of

  • Compulsory subjects: English language and English literature, Welsh second language, mathematics: numeracy, mathematics, science, religious education, physical education and Welsh Baccalaureate;
  • PSE (including Relationships and Sexuality Education)
  • A broad range of academic and vocational courses leading to external qualifications (based on demand).

At key stage 5 (Sixth Form) the school curriculum consists of

  • A broad range of courses leading to external qualifications; and
  • All students follow the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ).

In order to maximise the curriculum opportunities available at key stage 4 and 5 we work in collaboration with a number of external course providers schools in the local area.