We offer a broad curriculum to all of our students.
An increasing number of our students follow the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) which will help students to face further education and employment with confidence. The pathways offered allow students to have a wide variety of options open to them when moving into Key Stage 5.
It is the combination of subjects which keeps future doors open.
The subjects that we offer the students are determined by their preferences and so can differ for year groups. In addition to studying English, Geography/History, Mathematics and Science students are afforded the opportunity to select three additional subjects from a range of subjects: Art, Business Studies, Childcare, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, French (compulsory for most), Hospitality and Catering, Information Technology, Creative iMedia, Music, Physical Education, Textiles, Triple Science.
All students will follow lessons of Physical Education and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC). AT Sanders Draper school we call this Ethics and values. In addition, this part of the curriculum covers key content for PSHRE and SRE. This is delivered with appropriate language to age groups and sometimes in single sex settings if appropriate.
Further details on Key Stage 4 course and syllabus are provided to the students and parents/carers at the appropriate times throughout their educational journey.
There are students for whom some of the above is not appropriate and for this group of children we look at alternative pathways, this is decided on an individual basis. (Example Functional skills, construction) and this differs from year to year depending on the context and needs of the year group/students.
It should always be remembered that a curriculum is more than just a timetable of events in a student’s working week and it is about more than end results. We consider the curriculum to go beyond the classroom walls, incorporating not just the extracurricular activities on offer but all of the experiences students have. This can be seen in our curriculum maps, additionally our CIAG approach and in this policy. This highlights our approach and drive to develop the whole child through our curriculum and our wider curriculum.