Principles and Values
The aim of The Stourport High School & VIth Form College (SHS) is to support the development of the whole child whilst nurturing a lifelong love of learning. Our vision is that all students should have the opportunity to access the post sixteen courses of their choice and we believe the best way to do this is to offer a curriculum that:
- Supports students’ success by promoting knowledge, skills and attributes
- Is academically challenging and rigorous
- Promotes students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development
- Offers high quality learning and enrichment experiences that broadens students’ horizons enabling them to flourish as global citizens
- Fulfils the breadth, depth and ambition of the National Curriculum
- Is reviewed annually to meet the needs of our cohort
We define the curriculum as ‘the lived daily experience of students’ at SHS, valuing academic learning in the classroom, experiential learning in extracurricular activities and social learning through our interactions.
We aim to provide a learning experience for all students that is inclusive, equitable, personalised, and appropriate to prior attainment, talents and aspirations of individuals.
Our curriculum is implemented through a series of supporting principles:
- A broad, balanced but flexible curriculum, which has considered the sequence of what is taught and when;
- Appropriate grouping, which includes setting; based on prior attainment and current performance, and mixed ability grouping, which may be influenced by social dynamic;
- A pedagogy which allows all students to gain the knowledge and skills required for the next stage in their life.
- The use of the classroom principles to underpin the learning process;
- Detailed tracking of knowledge gaps which triggers targeted interventions as required;
- Additional provision and/or support for all students when it is required, including our most able students, those disadvantaged and students with SEND.
Beyond the academic curriculum our students develop positive attitudes and attributes to become active citizens that contribute positively to society. We also ensure they are prepared for the ever-changing international society through our SMSC and academic tutoring programmes.
High quality careers Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) will be provided for all students in Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. Post 16 and Post-18 transitions will be supported to ensure our students make positive choices for their future.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum offer which is suitable for all abilities. During the guided choices process we offer high quality support and guidance to all students.
Our guided choices process offers a broad range of academic and vocational subjects available to all students. The English Baccalaureate combination of subjects is available to all students and this is a pathway which is strongly promoted when in the best interests of the student.
Our key stage 3 curriculum further supports the promotion of the EBacc combination of subjects.
Curriculum Design Principles
The curriculum is practically designed around a series of design principles.
The structure of our Key Stages is in transition. Traditionally our Year 9, 10 and 11 students experienced KS3 as years 7 and 8 and KS4 as years 9, 10 and 11.
From September 2020 students in years 7, 8 and 9 will experience a 3 year KS3 and the guided choices process will take place during the spring of Year 9 for these students. KS4 will then be undertaken during years 10 and 11.
The structure of Key Stages provides the opportunities needed for faculties to have time to embed depth, stretch and challenge in courses to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum. From September 2020:
○ Key Stage 3 is deemed to be Y7, 8 and 9 and will include the gateway year.
○ Key Stage 4 is deemed to be in year 10 and 11.
The curriculum is designed as a two-week timetable with 30, 50 minute lessons per week. The timetable runs from September to July.
ICT/Computing is delivered as a discrete subject in KS3 and as part of the options offer at KS4.
Religious Studies (RS) is taught as a discrete subject at KS3. It can be taken as an option at KS4.
Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is delivered through six discrete sessions across the year. This is supplemented with tutor time activities and external speakers as required. It is also taught within the RS and social studies curriculum for all students in KS3 and 4.
Physical Education (PE) has 3, 50 minute sessions per week for all KS3 and KS4 students. All KS3 students undertakes a session of Dance as part of the PE curriculum offer.
The school will have regard to the National Curriculum and government directives, making reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of all KS3 and KS4 students and the school ethos.
The possible combinations of courses at KS4 and KS5 will be based on student preferences as indicated through the choices processes. These choices are guided to ensure every student a set of choices that meets their wider aspirations and ambitions.
All subjects take opportunities to develop students’ understanding of SMSC, British Values, and make elements of the learning cycle explicit.
Gateway Year. From September 2020 we will be providing a broader curriculum, removing the choices process from year 8 and delivering the process during the spring of year 9 with a view to start GCSE course in September of Year 10. The breadth of curriculum areas will reflect that of year 7 and 8 with the exception of providing the opportunity to deepen a student’s skills and knowledge in a reduced number of Creative Arts and Design Technology subjects, having already covered the requirements of the key stage 3 curriculum. This will be a choices process with quality guidance from teaching staff. The gateway year remains the year where the programme of study for key stage 3 is completed, mapped with elements of the KS4 curriculum and implemented with appropriate pedagogy required to deliver our KS4 curriculum.