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Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Key Stage 3 hours taught in the two week timetable;

Subject Number of hours per fortnight

Art

German

Drama

English

French

Geography

History

Maths

Music

PE

PSCHE

RE

Science

Technology

IT

2

6

4

2

2

4

1

4

4

4

6

Yr 7

2

4

2

6

2

6

4

2

2

3

1

3

4

4

6

Yr8

2

3

1

6

2

6

4

2

2

3

1

3

3

3

6

Yr9

2

3

2

6

Total Subject time allocated at Ks3

Art

MFL

Music

Science

Drama

Humanities

PE

Technology

English

Maths

RE ans PSHCE

IT

The National Curriculum has been developed across key stage three in order to stimulate interest and motivate pupils across a range of subjects. Students are then prepared for continued study in GCSE and equivalent courses at the end of Year 9.

Children with Learning Support requirements are taught in these classes as far as possible with support. In Y7 students are taught in mixed ability groups for most lessons with some setting (Mathematics) In Y8 the children continue to be taught in mixed-ability classes in many subjects. In Y9 students will be taught in sets for the majority of subjects with some mixed ability teaching.

In addition to the formal taught timetable, students have the opportunity to take part in specific learning activities organised throughout the school year which take the place of normal lessons. This will involve field trips, concerts, guidance sessions, citizenship, extracurricular activities and “CEDRIC” (curriculum enrichment days).

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

The curriculum in Years 10 and 11 gives students more choice but within an overall framework that ensures they enjoy a broad and balanced education. All students follow a common core of subjects and the majority will supplement this with a Modern Foreign

Language, A Humanity choice (History or Geography) and two option choices. A structured guidance programme ensures that option choices meet the needs of the individual student.

Key stage 4 is taught across Y10 and Y11. The majority of subjects offer GCSE courses with some subjects offering BTEC courses. The courses offered are determined by the requirements of the National Curriculum with the majority of students following a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Physical

Education, ICT, RE and PSCHCE. All students are given the opportunity to undertake work experience during Y10.

In 2013-14 students choose GCSE/BTEC courses from the following; Art/Applied Art,

Business Studies, Childcare, Dance, Digital Photography, German, Engineering,

Functional Skills, French, Geography, History, Media, Music, Sports Studies,

Construction, Food Technology, Information Technology, Product Design, Resistant

Materials, Textiles, and Health and Social Care.

Students make choices for their key stage 4 courses in the middle term of Year 9.

Students in Years 10 and 11 continue to follow a compulsory core. English and Math’s

have 8 hours each in the two week cycle at KS4 whilst Science has 10 hours. Students in sets 1-3 (of 4) in French and German choose one language and all students choose either History or Geography. Target setting in key stage 4 is based on GCSE grades.

Individual subject information as available in our Year 9 option booklet.

Total Subject time allocated at KS4

Maths Science English IT RE

Humanities MFL Options PSCHE

Sixth Form - Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

The post-16 curriculum is designed to ensure progression from Year 11 and on to university, further education, training or employment. The 6 th

form curriculum is primarily based on A levels and prior to choosing their options all Year 11 students undertake a specially designed guidance programme which includes 6 th

form open evening, PSCHE based guidance lessons and an individual interviews before making their final choices.

Y12 and Y13 Courses

Our sixth form prospectus provides information about the courses available to students, the entry requirements and pathways, and the support available to students to help them progress through the sixth form and on to their chosen destination. The year 12 courses lead to GCE Advanced Subsidiary level, GCE Advanced level qualifications or BTEC National Diplomas. A range of subjects are available. The EPQ is also offered as an option to those students who are looking to improve their employability or university application. Students who have not been successful in gaining a C grade in Maths or English have the opportunity to retake one or both of these GCSE subjects alongside other level 3 courses.

Key Stage 5 courses 2013

–14

AS and A level subjects:

Art

Biology

Chemistry

Creative Writing

Drama and Theatre Studies

Economics

English Language

English Literature

Extended Project Qualification

French

Geography

German

Government and Politics

Health and Social care

History

Mathematics

Further Mathematics

Law

Mathematics Statistics

Music

Physical Education

Physics

Product Design

Psychology

Religious Studies

Sociology

BTEC/OCR Level 3 National Certificates

:

ICT

Music

Post 16 Destinations

Students at Guiseley are very successful at moving on to their chosen career progression pathway. The majority of our sixth form (80%+) students are successful in gaining entry to their chosen university and high percentages of our students are successful Oxbridge applicants. The number of students who do not progress into education, employment or training (NEETS) is amongst the lowest in the Leeds area.

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