Our curriculum is planned to ensure a breadth and balance of subjects in studies over the two years. While the College follows the intentions of the National Curriculum, we broaden and adapt its scope to ensure that courses are constructed to suit the abilities and interests of our pupils. It goes without saying we want knowledgeable individuals – numerate, able to read with comprehension, write with skill, communicate effectively and responsibly; and able to demonstrate academic proficiency. This is the baseline, but we believe being successful also means having the opportunities, skills and qualifications to achieve your own personal goals and ambitions. It does not mean therefore that we all need the same types of qualifications or should be taught exactly the same subjects.
As predicting the future is an inexact science and young people can quickly change their minds, it is essential that current Form 3 pupils keep open as many options as possible, and for this reason we advise pupils to seek to extract breadth and balance between the Sciences, Technology, Language, Humanities and Creative/Aesthetic Practical Subjects.
A broad subject base retains flexibility for the future and keeps open as many career opportunities as possible. Our aim is to help pupils reach decisions about GCSE subject choices by explaining in detail the courses
on offer and the assessment requirements for every course.