Curriculum

We have designed our curriculum to be engaging and challenging for all students. The curriculum meets every student’s entitlement for Mathematics, Science, English, Technology, Languages, Physical Education, the Arts, the Humanities, Religious Studies and Personal and Social Education. It provides the information and experiences necessary to enable our students to take a full and active role in society through the development of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and emotional literacy. Students receive quality information, advice and guidance to support transition to further education and employment.

The curriculum is differentiated to cater for students of all abilities. It provides for the appropriate stretch and challenge at each stage. Above all, our curriculum promotes enquiry and achievement.

We are committed to promoting Science, Technology, Mathematics and ICT and expanding the provision of vocational courses; our commitment reflects our specialist school status in Technology and Applied Learning.

Years 7 and 8

In September 2010, we introduced a 2-year Key Stage 3 programme whereby all students cover the National Curriculum programme of study in the following subjects:
 

  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Language (French and Spanish)
  • Music
  • Personal and Social Education and Citizenship
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Science

In addition, all students spend one day per cycle on n-gage, our skills-based curriculum area, to develop their personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS).
 

In Year 7, students are taught in mixed ability groups for English, PE, Technology, ICT, Humanities (Geography, History and RS) and the Arts (Art, Music and Drama). During the first term, the tutor groups are divided into 4 bands and broadly set by departments for Maths, Science, and MFL. In most bands there are 3 teaching sets. Setting is based on KS2 achievement, testing on admission and their attainment at Collingwood. There are regular opportunities for students to move between sets in Years 7 and 8.

Year 9

Year 9 is a transition year where students are introduced to the demands of GCSE with the aim of completing subjects over one, two or three years.
 

Students are given the opportunity to choose one of the subjects listed below to study intensively over one year with an external examination at the end:
 

  • Art
  • French
  • Humanities
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Project
  • Spanish

They select two other option choices for subjects which they will complete over two or three years. Subjects on offer are:
 

  • Art
  • Computing
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • IT
  • Spanish
  • Technology: Catering, Food, Graphics, Electronics, Engineering, Resistant Materials, and Textiles

Core subjects are:
 

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • PE
  • IT
  • RS
  • n-gage

In Maths, students are set more finely in each half of the Year Group.

In Science, the top 3 sets are on an accelerated programme to complete a triple science qualification by the end of Year 11.
 

All students continue with ICT and complete an appropriate IT qualification to suit their ability.

Year 9 students will select a further two option subjects to complete in Years 10 and 11.

Years 10 and 11

All students complete GCSE English, and GCSE English Literature at the end of Year 11.
 

Most able mathematicians (usually the top 2 sets) will complete their GCSE Mathematics before the end of Year 11 and they progress onto an Additional Mathematics course and/or GCSE Statistics.
 

All students will complete their IT and RS qualifications at the end of Year 10 and are able to select from a range of enrichment courses in Year 11. The majority of these courses are non-examined.
 

In Science, the majority of students are following a pathway which will lead to two GCSEs or a double BTEC qualification. A triple science route is available for the most able.
 

Technology courses are completed at the end of Year 11.
 

Option subjects are generally mixed ability and completed at the end of Year 11. There are a wide range of traditional GCSE subjects as well as Applied GCSEs, OCR Nationals, BTECs and ASDAN qualifications. Alternative curriculum students can take NVQs at local Colleges or other qualifications within our 14-19 learning network.

Please click here for a list of our KS4 curriculum subjects.
 

Sixth Form

We have a broad range of academic and vocational subjects on offer in the Sixth Form. Most students generally study the equivalent of 4 AS subjects in Year 12 and continue with 3 subjects to A2. There is a Progression programme on offer which, in conjunction with our 14-19 network, offers students a range of Level 2 programmes.
 

Please visit the Sixth Form area on our website for more details.