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. 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, 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
The range and depth provided by our Key Stage 3 curriculum provides the foundation for our students to embark upon their GCSE courses. We support our students in refining their subject choices in Year 9 through guidance from our subject specialists and Leadership Team. Information is also provided to parents both online and via an evening event in advance of students making their final course selections.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
In Year 10 the vast majority of students will select 3 GCSE courses to complement their core subjects of Religious Education, English Language, English Literature, Maths and Science. For most students these choices will include one or more of the English Baccalaureate qualification subjects (Geography, History, Computer Science, French, German, Latin and Spanish). When selecting their other preferred GCSE courses students are able to choose from a wide array of additional subjects including: Art, Business Studies, Dance, Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, Health and Social Care, Music, PE and Textiles.
We encourage as many of our students as possible to follow the full English Baccalaureate (EBacc) pathway which requires choosing a Language and a Humanities subject as two of their three GCSE course selections.
In addition we also support a number of students each year to achieve GCSE qualifications that are not possible to include in our taught curriculum, these qualifications are typically language based GCSEs that reflect the culture and heritage of individual students.
Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
For those students who are identified as having additional educational needs, a range of specialised strategies are utilised to ensure progress is made. This involves the effective inclusion of all students 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.
During their time at All Saints the majority of students will learn and progress through the educational pathway outlined above. However, we also recognise that this curriculum offer is not suitable or appropriate for all of our students. Where this is the case we offer an alternative pathway that provides personalised support for individual students. This can include Level 1 qualifications and The Prince's Trust Award. Our guiding principles dictate that it is imperative that all of our students leave All Saints with a sense of personal achievement and are equipped for modern life.