The Underpinning School Philosophy

We believe that:

The aims of our curriculum are:

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. This is achieved by building on the following principles:

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:

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:

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:

Options Subjects include:

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:

Cross Curricular

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:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

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