“Students at Goldwyn arrive with a past and leave with a future” (Ofsted report June 2014)
“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)
“The curriculum that you provide is exceptional and has a highly positive effect on pupils’ personal and academic development” (Ofsted December 2017)
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.
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.
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.
At Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study in :
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|
|PSHE (PSD)||Preparation for Working Life L1&2|
|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|
|Duke of Edinburgh Award||Bronze and Silver Awards|
For further detailed curriculum information, including subject and year group content, please view subject pages or contact the relevant Head of Centre. For details of the KS3 and KS4 curriculum content at each centre please see the Attainment page.
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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