Curriculum

Curriculum

Teaching and Learning at Goldwyn

“Students at Goldwyn arrive with a past and leave with a future”

 

“Teaching is outstanding. Teachers have very good knowledge of what they are teaching. They plan their lessons extremely carefully to ensure that students are interested and engaged.”

(OFSTED report June 2014)

OFSTED highly praised our “broad and well balanced “curriculum in 2011 and commented in 2014 that “students receive an excellent balance of academic, practical, creative and work-based learning”. Since then we have developed both Key Stages even further in order to offer our students an outstanding education.

ETHOS

We want students to acquire new knowledge and skills, develop their ideas and increase their understanding; apply intellectual, physical and creative effort in their work; be productive and work at a good pace; show interest in their work and be able to sustain concentration and think and learn for themselves; understand what they are doing, how well they have done and how they can improve. 

 

 GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Our students are entitled to a broad, balanced and highly coherent curriculum, developed to give them a full entitlement and meet their needs and aspirations.
  • We believe in high expectations and the necessity to develop all our students to their full potential, as well as preparing them for a life after school.
  • There must be a continuity, progression and additional enrichment opportunities throughout the curriculum.
  • We believe in collaborating with both local mainstream and special schools, as well as other agencies, to extend and improve our curriculum.
  • We must recognise and respond to student’s diverse needs and seek to overcome potential barriers to learning.
  • We must recognise and meet student’s difficulties with literacy and numeracy and tailor individual programmes more closely to need.
  • We are a team and therefore consistency of experience is fundamental.

 

At Key Stage 3 we offer a full Core and Foundation subject programme. Some personalisation of student programmes in Year 9 has allowed for a few students to attend the Challenger programme, which develops team building and personal skills. Students from Year 7 onwards are able to opt for our nationally accredited Hair and Beauty course.

“Students receive a very high quality curriculum that is broad and well balanced. The curriculum in Years 10 and 11 is personalised as students pursue individual learning pathways”

(OFSTED report February 2011)

 

At Key Stage 4 we offer an incredible range of 20 nationally accredited Level 1 and 2 qualifications (13 at Level 2, including two languages).

 

“Students benefit greatly from the wide range of opportunities there are for learning. Most of these lead to formal qualifications. As well as academic subjects, the school provides excellent arts-based and work-related courses. There are also opportunities to learn about different cultures and countries.”

(OFSTED report June 2014)

 

Work Related Learning is part of a students’ individual pathway and is tailored to meet his or her specific needs. For some students this may entail a day’s placement each week, for others a one week block placement.

 

Curriculum Content

At Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study in :

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Design Technology
  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art & Design
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Citizenship & British Values (Cross Curricular)
  • Religious Education } Global Dimensions
  • Modern Foreign Languages} Global Dimensions
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSD)
  • Careers
  • Sex Education
  • Drug Education  
  • Hair & Beauty (personalised option)
  • Challenger (personalised option)

At Key Stage 4 students can undertake a range of GCSE and equivalent courses, vocational courses and work related programmes. All students follow an individual pupil programme designed to meet their specific needs. These include the following.

English Functional Skills L1&2 and GCSE
Mathematics      AQA Awards in Number & Measure and Statistics L1&2 and GCSE
Science      Entry Level Science and GCSE Chemistry
Computing  Cambridge Nationals L1&2
DT   Multi-skills Construction (City & Guilds)
Geography     BTEC Travel & Tourism L1&2
French/Spanish    Entry Level and GCSE
Art & Design     GCSE
Physical Education  
PSHE (PSD)   Preparation for Working Life L1&2
Careers Education  
Sex Education  
Drugs Education  
Motor Vehicle Mechanics    IMI
Music   BTEC Extended Certificate L1&2
Construction  Multi-skills Construction (City & Guilds) L1&2
Hair and Beauty     NCFE Entry Level, L1&2
Catering BTEC L1
Challenger       BTEC L1&2
Duke of Edinburgh Award  Bronze and Silver Awards

For further detailed curriculum information, including subject and year group content, please contact department pages.  For details of the KS3 and KS4 curriculum content at each centre please see the Attainment page.

Internet Access

Goldwyn School has state of the art computing facilities throughout the School. The Internet is a tremendously useful tool used in every curriculum area. Students are given their own email account for use in School. The guidelines for safe use of the internet are adhered to by all staff. The School has web filtering software and a high level of security. For more information you are welcome to see the policy held in the School. 

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