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Ambition and Intent

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Curriculum Ambition

We aim to deliver a curriculum which fulfils the shared vision of The Two Counties Trust to raise educational standards and better the life chances of all our students. The curriculum places the students at the heart of curriculum planning enabling them to develop as lifelong learners who have the knowledge, skills and learning attributes which enable them to be resilient and adaptable learners. This will enable our students to be equipped to deal with whatever challenges our rapidly changing world may hold for them in the future.

Curriculum Intent
  • Meets the individual needs of students, raises aspirations of all students and enables them to widen horizons and maximise their potential.
  • Provides exciting opportunities for the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, economic, cultural and creative development of every student.
  • Promotes the moral development of all students.
  • Is broad and balanced where all subjects are valued and where all students are equipped with a breadth of knowledge and skills in all areas of the curriculum. Students with SEND experience an equally ambitious curriculum but provision is made for extra intervention in literacy, numeracy or social skills if needed.
  • Ensures continuity and progression between the key stages through providing clear and relevant pathways for learning using assessment intelligently to inform learning, and not solely as a tool for summative judgement.
  • Demonstrates through its implementation that it recognises how students learn, retain concepts and apply them to different situations.
  • Provides flexibility to respond to the developing needs and interests of students and also responds to the changes in society, technology and patterns of employment.
  • Recognises the importance of both formal and informal taught curriculum within the school’s timetabled programme and that which takes place out of normal lesson time or the school day.
  • Recognises the importance of numeracy, language and literacy and promotes them through the formal and informal curriculum.
  • Provides high quality Careers Education and Guidance thus ensuring that all students are prepared for their next steps at each stage of transition and for future employability.

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Key Stage 3

Years 7-8

All pupils will study the same subjects for the first two years at Ashfield.

  • Mathematics (7 periods a fortnight)
  • English - Language and Literature (7 periods)
  • Science - Biology, Chemistry and Physics (6 periods)
  • Humanities - Geography, History and Religious Studies (6 periods)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (5 periods)
  • Physical Education (4 periods)
  • Music (1 period in Year 7, 2 periods in Year 8)
  • Dance (1 period in Year 7)
  • Drama (2 periods)
  • Art (2 periods)
  • Design and Technology (5 periods)
  • ICT (2 periods)
  • PDE - including Personal, Social and Health Education and Careers (2 periods)
  • Tutor time delivering SMSC and IAG (5 x 20 minutes)

Additional support across the curriculum is provided by Faculty Learning and Progress Assistants for pupils on the SEN register. Additional resources are allocated to pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium and to those below national expectations in Literacy and Numeracy to ensure that they make the progress required in KS3 to access a full range of pathways in KS4.

 

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Key Stage 4

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Year 9
  • All pupils will study the following subjects during Year 9
  • GCSE Mathematics (9 periods a fortnight)
  • GCSE English - Language and Literature (9 periods a fortnight)
  • GCSE Science - Trilogy (6 Periods)
  • Physical Education (4 periods)
  • PDE (2 periods)
  • Tutor time delivering SMSC and IAG (5 x 20 minutes)

Pupils will then opt for one or two of the following EBacc subjects (6 periods each a fortnight). Pupils are given guidance in their selection with a view to maximising their progress across a suite of 8 subjects.

  • GCSE French
  • GCSE German
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Spanish

Instead of a second EBacc subject some students may select from an alternative list of non-EBacc subjects.

  • BTEC Construction
  • Vocational Creative iMedia
  • BTEC Engineering
  • BTEC Health & Social Care
  • VTCT Hair & Beauty Therapy
  • BTEC Travel & Tourism

Pupils will then opt for 2 further subjects (4 periods each a fortnight) from the following group. A pupil's pathway for a particular subject will be determined by academic potential and progress, with a view to maximising achievement across 8 subjects.

  • GCSE Art / BTEC Art
  • BTEC Business Studies
  • OCR Child Development
  • WJEC Construction
  • Vocational Creative iMedia
  • GCSE Dance
  • GCSE Design & Technology
  • GCSE Drama
  • BTEC Engineering
  • BTEC Fashion
  • GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • VTCT Hair & Beauty Therapy
  • BTEC Health & Social Care
  • WJEC Hospitality & Catering
  • GCSE Music
  • BTEC Music Technology
  • GCSE Philosophy and Ethics
  • GCSE Photography
  • GCSE Physical Education
Years 10-11
  • All pupils will study the following subjects during Year 10 and 11.
  • GCSE Mathematics (9 periods a fortnight)
  • GCSE English - Language and Literature (10 periods)
  • GCSE Science - Trilogy (9 Periods) or Triple (9 periods)
  • Physical Education (2 periods)
  • Tutor time delivering SMSC and IAG (5 x 20 minutes)

Students will continue with the four options studied during Year 9.


 

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