Key Stage 3 – Curriculum
Students study a wide range of courses in keeping with the National Curriculum and the School’s Curriculum Policy. Here at All Saints, we believe in providing a broad and balanced curriculum, offering students the opportunity to achieve in a wide spectrum of subjects. We value all subject areas in the development of children and encourage students to create a curriculum that will enable them to pursue their own interests alongside the core subjects. Religious Education is part of the core curriculum for all. At key stage three students begin to select their own pathways of study, with the option to pick up additional languages or the Arts. We are dedicated to the physical needs of young people and all our students participate in Physical Education as part of their core curriculum from Year 7 to Year 11 inclusive.
All Saints offers, through the Independent and State Schools Partnership, accelerated GCSE courses for more able students, and extra-curricular programmes for those identified as being able, interested and motivated. We work hard at bridging the nationally identified gap between the academic performance of boys and girls and students identified as pupil premium.
Key Stage 4 – Transition
To aid a smooth transition to Key Stage 4, pupils and parents are offered staff consultations and guidance as well as the opportunity to attend a Subject Choices Evening. In Year 9, students choose a two-year GCSE course to relieve some of the pressures at year 11 and to provide a firm understanding of the expectations of GCSEs prior to embarking on the complete suite.
In Year 10, the vast majority of students will begin a further 3 GCSE courses. These include the core subjects of Religious Education, English, Maths and a range of Science subjects. Students are given the opportunity to study additional GCSEs in a range of subjects. The vast majority of our students study a Modern Foreign Language and select additional GCSE options from: Art, Business Studies, Computer Science, Dance, Drama, Food Technology, French, Geography, German, Graphics, Health & Social Care, History, Latin, Music, PE, Resistant Materials, Spanish and Textiles Technology.
All Saints students consistently attain outstanding GCSE results. We are in the top 25% of schools nationally at GCSE, with the majority of students achieving at least 5 GCSEs grades 9-4, including English and Maths.
Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
For those students who are identified as having special educational needs, a range of specialised strategies are utilised to ensure progress is made. This involves the effective inclusion of all pupils in high quality personalised teaching in lessons, supported, where appropriate, by Teaching Assistants. We also provide access to specific support on an individual or small group basis and deliver specific and targeted intervention based on advice from specialists in a variety of fields. At Key Stage 3 we have a small intervention and nurture group to support students who need more specialised provision. This group enables students to develop key skills in core subjects and tailors teaching to specific needs in a supportive and caring environment.
The majority of pupils will learn and progress through the outlined pathway during their time at All Saints. However, we also have excellent support and provision for students where this is not appropriate for their needs. These students are provided an alternative pathway, which includes qualifications at Entry Level and the Prince’s Trust Award. It is important to us that all students leave All Saints equipped for modern life and with a sense of personal achievement.