The curriculum experience at Abbeyfield School goes beyond the subjects studied in our 50 period fortnightly timetable. The formal curriculum is enhanced with a wide enrichment provision, special events, extra-curricular activities and trips. They also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of trust events, the calendar for which can be found by following the Trust Events link. Our Creative Learning Days provide the opportunity for students to explore the Creative Education Trust, Key Concepts. Opportunities to develop personal and employability skills are mapped across our curriculum provision and in particular within Key Life Skills during tutor time. We are passionate about providing students a rich and challenging curriculum
Our Year 7 and 8 students follow a wide curriculum which includes the Ebacc curriculum of English, Maths, Science, French, History and Geography alongside Dance, Drama, Music, PE, Art, Computing/ICT, RE and Design Technology and Key Life Skills. Our CURRENT Year 9 continue this curriculum but choose to specialise in Performing Arts and Design Technology, choosing three options from this suite of subjects. Years 10 and 11 are all following the curriculum outlined in the pathways booklets which can be found by following the links for the relevant year groups.
We have recently spent time agreeing a set of curriculum principles to shape our planning, these can be found using the link below. Curriculum planning in all subjects is being reviewed to ensure these principles are at the heart of our provision. From September 2020 students in Years 7 and 8 will continue to follow the current wide curriculum offer detailed above. For our current Year 8 students there will also be the added opportunity for some limited specialism in Year 9 within the Creative and Performing Arts and Technology subjects. This will provide a rich learning experience in order to meet and develop students’ interest and talents in these areas alongside a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, MFL, Geography, History, ICT/Computing, PE and Key Skills. Students will then select their GCSE choices during Year 9.
Each student is supported and guided throughout their time at Abbeyfield. There is a comprehensive programme of support for students selecting their GCSE and Post 16 pathways. Progress is monitored at subject and whole school level and parents are kept well informed about their children’s progress. All students are given regular feedback by teachers to help them improve the standard of their work.
We believe that students achieve the best standards possible where committed teachers and parents are seen to be working together and where they all share high expectations, both at school and at home.