We allow our pupils to choose their options from a wide range of creative, vocational and academic subjects in Year 9 allowing them to personalise their learning and choose subjects which engage and enthuse them.
In addition, the majority of pupils follow a programme of Sports Studies for three hours per week in Year 9 & 10. This is crucial in our community as the programme of study addresses a range of PSHE strands pertinent to local need including health and wellbeing, relationships and careers and the world of work, as well as the role of the media in influencing belief and the theme of diversity through the paralympics. A focus on leadership also encourages pupils to seek out positive role models in their lives as opposed to negative ones found in the community.
Pupils currently take two of their three “option subjects” into Year 11. The benefit of this curriculum model is that it enables pupils to focus on fewer subjects at a time, developing resilience, ambition and supporting mental well-being. Pupils can access additional support where needed which is not available at home, and over the five years they can study a wide range of subjects, keeping their future career options open and supporting them into further employment, education or training.
The impact of this model on the most disadvantaged has been overwhelmingly positive, with disadvantaged pupils achieving a higher percentage of Grade 4 and Grade in English and Maths compared to non-disadvantaged students.