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"The College provides a curriculum at all key stages that is appropriate for the students. Senior leadrs listen to what staudents say about the sujects they would like to study at Key Stage 4 and in the sixth form. They balance students wished well against staffing and financial restrictions"

Ofsted 2014 

The College Governors and Staff believe the Curriculum must:

  • Be broad and balanced
  • Be relevant to the needs of the individual
  • Promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of our  young people
  • Encourage students to develop physically, mentally and emotionally to play their part in society
  • Prepare students for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life
  • Provide equality and range of opportunity
  • Offer students a safe and secure environment within which to learn

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students follow a broad and balanced course which includes all the subjects in the National Curriculum. Students are placed in ability sets in Year 7 for English, Maths, Science, ICT, Modern Foreign Languages and Design & Technology. Other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.

Students with special educational needs are given help by the Supportive Skills Department, both in lesson time and in workshops. Where appropriate, they will be given individual targets and support. Parents are invited to review the targets with the College and student.

During KS3, students’ achievements in National Curriculum subjects are assessed and reported to parents.

Certain students in some curriculum areas will start their GCSE work in Year 9, if we feel it is in their best interests.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

All students beginning Key Stage 4 follow examination courses in English, Mathematics and Science. All students will take part in PE and Lifw Skills lessons. At Sir Harry Smith we have always thought it in the best interests of students that they maintain a balanced and broad curriculum. Students can choose from a range of Pathways to find the courses and styles of learning that suit them best.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

We expect that the majority of students will continue their education after Year 11 and many choose to stay with us. We operate a Pathways curriculum at Key Stage 5 to allow students to put together the best combination of courses and subjects to suit them and their needs.

We are constantly reviewing our Post 16 offering to look at how we can add extra vocational courses alongside a growing range of A level courses.

Students also have lessons covering issues such as health, citizenship and careers guidance. Students are also encouraged to take part in volunteering and other extra curricular activities.