At Abbeyfield School, we aim to provide all students with a curriculum which;
- meets statutory requirements;
- builds on prior learning and provides a basis for all learning in the future;
- prepares them to be active participants in the world of the twenty-first century;
- is appropriate for each individual and allows each one to reach his or her potential.
In Years 7 and 8, all students follow the same broad curriculum, although some are offered extra support and some are challenged with more demanding work.
Teaching takes place within the tutor group for some subjects. in others, students are taught in sets composed of students of similar ability.
The curriculum for all students includes:
- Ethics (Religious Education)
- Key Life Skills
- Physical Education
In Year 7, students also study the Design Programme, comprising Design Technology, Art and ICT. In Year 8, Design Technolgy and Art continue their focus within Design.
Year 9 acts as a transition year for students; they continue to follow the same broad curriculum as in Years 7 and 8, but in some subjects, study begins for GCSE or BTEC qualifications. In others, students are given opportunities to explore the range of courses which will be available to them in Year 10. During the year, students are given information, support and guidance to help them choose their options for Year 10.
In Years 10 and 11, each student has a personal timetable with a common core, which allows them to study individually chosen subjects at an appropriate level. The common core is:
- English (including English Literature for most students)
- Science (double)
- Key Life Skills (including R.E.)
Subjects are studied at Level 1 (equivalent to D to G at GCSE), level 2 (equivalent to A*-C at GCSE) or at both levels. Some students follow a curriculum which leads them to the over-arching qualification of the English Baccalaureate (English, Maths, Double Science, History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language).
We offer a wide range of open options which are available to all students. However, students are supported to make decisions about their options which allow them to progress appropriately through further and higher education, training or employment. Courses offered are usually GCSEs or BTEC qualifications. A few subjects (e.g. triple science) require students to have achieved well in that subject in the Establishment Phase.
Choices may vary from year to year but usually include:
- Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- Business Studies
- Child Development
- Hair & Beauty
- Health and Social Care
- ICT and Computing
- PE and Sport
- Travel and Tourism