Our curriculum has been described by Ofsted as outstanding and we are confident that they would use this word again. We provide our students with a curriculum which is broad, balanced and relevant to every one of our learners. Our curriculum is flexible enough to allow individual students to have their own bespoke programmes of study so that they can make as much progress as possible. A range of extra-curricular activities enriches and supplements the main programme.
All our year groups follow the National Curriculum, studying subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science and PE. All students also study PSHEe/Citizenship either through timetabled lessons at Key Stage 3 or flexi-days at Key Stage 4. Issues such as financial management, study skills, Sex and Relationships Education, Britishness and what is means to be British are studied.
In Years 7 and 8, students follow the curriculum as described in more detail on our subject curriculum pages. Students are assessed in a wide range of skills that help to prepare them for the rigours of Key Stage 4. Our year 7 and 8 curriculum builds in adaptations and flexibility, as appropriate. For example, some students may need extra support with Literacy and Numeracy and, by careful monitoring, this is implemented for students as appropriate.
We operate a three year Key Stage 4 programme at Copleston and towards the end of Year 8, students confirm their GCSE pathways choices which they will study during years 9, 10 and 11. Students are offered a wide range of choices and we believe that with the linear approach to exams they will have the best chance of succeeding by having more time to study these subjects.
In the Autumn Term of Year 11, students choose their 6th Form subjects that include subjects studied in the main school alongside new ones such as Psychology and Economics.
Our curriculum is enriched by a wealth of other activities on offer such as field trips, theatre visits, sporting events, musical instrument tuition, drama productions, activity holidays, summer camps, revision classes, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and art exhibitions.
Our programme of activities, taking place on Wednesday afternoons (called WoW – What’s on Wednesdays – by the students) is unique in this area and offered to all students.