St. Hild’s Church of England School Curriculum Vision and Intent.
At St. Hild’s Church of England School we aim to provide all our pupils with a world class education in a Christian context.
We expect to find God at work in our school, and our vision for our curriculum provision is routed in our core values of care, honesty, equality, respect and responsibility, and our motto “life in all its fullness”.
It is our intent that the curriculum at St. Hild’s offers the opportunity for all pupils to:
- Care for themselves, their community and the world in which they live. Helping them to develop into good citizens.
- Be honest about what they can do and where they need support so all can experience success.
- Have equality of opportunity whilst still having their individual needs met.
- Respect other pupils right to learn and develop good behaviour for learning.
- Take responsibility for their own learning and develop resilience and a love of learning.
We are aware that children develop at different rates and so there are no “pathways” at St. Hild’s; pupils are given the opportunities to explore their talents and so our curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant and personalised. Our pupils are encouraged to work hard and aim for excellence. The Bridge, Nurture Group and Respite Centre offer more bespoke support for pupils with their learning.
Alternative Curriculum Days, where the normal timetable for the whole school is suspended, happen each term. These days offer pupils the opportunity to learn in different ways, often outside of the classroom, with external providers and their tutors. These days, along with our Worship, Assembly, Registration and PSHE programmes support pupils’ character development. Careers, British Values, Staying Safe and Study Skills are also delivered through these programmes.
To ensure pupils have a calm and orderly start to their day, we begin with Registration. Thought for the Day is a focus, along with readiness for the working day. For Years 7 to 9 pupils there is also a focus on reading.
Years 7 and 8
All pupils start by following a common curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Art, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Computing, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, and Food and Technology.
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 have a lesson dedicated to Accelerated Reading. Opportunity is given in Years 7 and 8 for the personalisation of the curriculum for those who require more support with literacy. In Years 7 and 8 pupils study French and Spanish in blocks.
Years 9 to 11
In Year 9 pupils are building upon the knowledge embedded in Years 7 and 8 whilst developing the skills required to confidently cope with the increased demand of the new GCSE/BTEC courses.
Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum is broad so that pupils can experience a range of opportunities across the curriculum; balanced because it is unwise for pupils to narrow down their options before the age of 16; relevant to pupils’ individual needs; personalised so that the level and type of work are suited to the ability of each individual pupil.
We believe in curriculum principles which have stood the test of time and will stand our pupils in good stead for the future, regardless of the continually changing face of education politics. In Key Stage 4, pupils have enhanced time for the core subjects of English and Maths. As a Church School, it is right that all pupils take GCSE RE. The time for PE recognises the importance of maintaining health and fitness in our lives and promoting positive mental health and well-being through exercise. All pupils have the opportunity to study Separate Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics; this is reviewed at the end of Year 10 and again following the mock examinations in Year 11; those pupils who struggle to keep pace with the increased content will then follow the Combined Science route.
Pupils choose three option choices to give more time to enable study in greater depth, whilst still allowing for a broad and balanced curriculum overall. Option choices have been carefully grouped to ensure a balanced curriculum which does not overburden our pupils. Within this framework, which can accommodate the ‘English Baccalaureate’, pupils can take between six and 10 GCSEs or equivalent according to their abilities. Our Level 2 courses are predominantly GCSE courses, but we offer BTECs in Health and Social Care, Travel and Tourism, PE, and Engineering. Due to the level of difficulty of some courses on offer, we do stipulate eligibility criteria for selecting these courses. Use is made of alternative provision to meet the needs of some identified pupils. In creating our offer, we carefully listen to pupil demand and where possible, we will find ways to facilitate courses where pupil numbers are small, for example GCSE Music.
Our extra-curricular offer is used to enhance and enrich provision. There are a range of local, national and international field trips, various sporting activities and clubs; we run a successful Sports Leadership course. Performing Arts is developing and there is now an annual performance. Art club and the Librarian programme are well established and highly successful provisions. New additions to our provision are the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the Community Group.