The Underpinning School Philosophy
We believe that:
- Everyone has the right to learn. We educate pupils to the highest standards to ensure that their potential is realised
- Everyone shows respect for others. We value all pupils equally and constantly promote a sense of purpose, self-confidence and shared values
- Everyone takes responsibility for their actions. We expect hard work and high standards of attendance, punctuality and appearance
The aims of our curriculum are:
- To provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve
- To promote the wider development of pupils and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life
- To set clear expectations and challenge pupils to extend themselves and succeed in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. This is achieved by building on the following principles:
- Challenge and enjoyment: pupils should enjoy their learning and find it challenging, engaging and motivating. The curriculum should encourage high aspirations and ambitions for all
- Developing the whole pupil including knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes
- It is broad and balanced allowing pupils to learn through a variety of experiences and to develop to their full capacity whilst having clarity in the purpose of their learning and experiences
- It is flexible and responsive to the needs of all our pupils and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills
- It is sustainable and has an awareness of the future and the needs of future citizens
- It makes meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum and major current issues
The curriculum is not only what the pupils are expected to 'learn' during lessons; at our school, the curriculum is delivered by the following elements:
- 'Taught' curriculum delivered at Key Stage 3 and 4
- Extracurricular activities
- Cross Curricular days
- Wider opportunities and experiences
The curriculum is split into two key stages, Key Stage 3 (KS3) - Years 7 to 9 and Key Stage 4 (KS4) - Years 10 and 11.
Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3, pupils study a wide range of subjects with specialist subject teachers in purpose built accommodation and suites of rooms. This gives every youngster a good base from which to undertake public examination work or assessment in Key Stage 4. The subjects that form the Key Stage 3 curriculum are:
- Design Technology
- Business Studies (Year 9 only)
- French (Years 8 and 9 only)
In Year 7, pupils who are identified with appropriate SEN join a Key Skills group that is predominately taught by SEN specialist teachers; the majority of lessons being taught in the SEN learning base. Other pupils' needs are met as appropriate either with TA support or as part of differentiated lessons led by teaching staff.
Key Stage 4
The vast majority of pupils follow courses which lead to GCSE qualifications. A very small number study vocational qualifications and only where the school deems they are appropriate.
Pupils with an identified SEN need have specialist pathways discussed and provided that are appropriate for their needs and aspirations.
Where necessary, TAs support pupils in lessons and teaching staff appropriately differentiate lessons to address the needs of all pupils.
Pupils are monitored throughout Years 10 and 11 with a particular emphasis on supporting and challenging them to achieve or exceed their target grades.
Every student studies:
- English Language and Literature
Options Subjects include:
- Business Studies
- Design Technology - Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Electronics
- Health and Social Care
- Computer Science
As a school, we are also part of the Brierley Hill and Kingswinford Consortium which enables selected pupils to study Vocational Courses off-site at Dudley or Halesowen Colleges. The courses available are:
- Performing Arts BTEC
- Animal Management BTEC
- Hair NVQ Level 1
- Construction BTEC
- Motor Vehicles ABC
Cross Curricular Days
The 2 days are planned and delivered in the Summer term and are experienced by pupils in Key Stage 3. The days focus on wider issues and follow the following programme:
- The Disabilities Day to help pupils understand the problems faced by people living with a disability.
- The Fitucation Day to help pupils develop skills of co-operation, risk taking, self-confidence and determination.
- 'Technology through time' days. These days explore the developments made in technology since World War Two with a particular focus on how technology changed during the 1940s.
- A visit to Halesowen College in order to gain an insight into the types of Further Education opportunities that will be available to them
- Pupils experience a PSHEE day which includes watching a theatre production taking part in a workshop session. Other sessions cover a range of health issues including sex, relationship education.
Work Experience & Opportunities
Please follow the link here to view the current activities available to pupils. Every attendance earns a house point for pupils.
Work Experience and Opportunities
- House Senior positions - Year 9
- Prefects and Senior Prefects - Year 11
- House Captains - Year 11
- Head boy and Head Girl - Year 11
- Cyber Mentors
- School Council
- Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
- Leadership Awards
- Macmillan Coffee Mornings
- Comic Relief and Children in Need
- COPE Charity events
- University Access Project for Year 9 pupils
- Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Project for Year 10 pupils
- House activities such as Tug of War, Musical Chairs, Pancake Races and Easter Egg Hunt