Claremont High School Academy

 

 

Our Curriculum

At Claremont High School Academy the curriculum is designed to provide every child with the opportunity to establish lifelong learning for lifelong achievement. Claremont has an academic curriculum with vocational pathways which encourages breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding for all. Our inclusive curriculum creates resilient individuals with transferable knowledge and skills and the confidence to question and challenge.

 

The purpose of our learning curriculum is to create confident individuals who are able to engage with and have the required skills to succeed in the world of further and higher education and eventually the workforce. As adults, they will be financially aware, technologically safe and understand how to remain healthy in body, mind and relationships. Finally, our students will be able to face the world with a cultural and moral awareness of our multi ethnic society and their participation in it.

Progress 8 guide for parents 

  

Further information

Please email the school directly for further information concerning the curriculum

admin@claremont-high.org.uk 

 

 For half termly curriculum maps by year group  click here

 

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Intent by Year Group from September 2019

In years 7 and 8, pupils study a broad and balanced core curriculum. which includes a wide range of subjects from eight curriculum areas: Mathematics and Numeracy, English Language, Literature and Literacy, Languages, Sciences, Religious and Moral Education, Humanities, Arts and Technology.

   

 Year Seven

 

Year 7

 *English (8), Maths (7), Science (7), History (3), Geography (3), Religious Education (2), Computing (2), Design Technology (2), Art and Design (2), Music (2), Drama (2), Physical Education (4), French/Spanish or German/Spanish (5), Personal, Social & Health Education (1)

 

Selected pupils are withdrawn from a small number of lessons for additional support

       (The number in brackets indicates the number of hours allocated per two week timetable cycle.)

  

Year Eight

 

Year 8

 English (8), Maths (7), Science (6), History (3), Geography (3), Religious Education (2), Design Technology (2), Art and Design (2), Music (2), Drama (2), Computing (2), Physical Education (5), French, Spanish or German (5), Personal, Social & Health Education (1)

 

Selected pupils are withdrawn from Languages for Learning support.

      (The number in brackets indicates the number of hours allocated per two week timetable cycle.)

 

Year Nine

In Year Nine the majority of pupils will study subjects from seven curriculum areas: Mathematics and Numeracy, English Language, Literature and Literacy, Sciences, Languages, Religious and Moral Education, Humanities, Arts, Technology.

 

The year nine early options are designed to allow pupils to concentrate on the 2 creative subjects that are of most interest to them while also building a foundation for study at Key Stage 4 (years 10 &11). 

 

Year 9

GCSE Foundation Year - Core

English (9), Maths (8), Science (7), History (4), Geography (4), Religious Education (2), Physical Education (4), French or German (5), Personal, Social & Health Education (1)

 

Early Optiona c oice of two of the following subjects

Drama, Music, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Computing, (3)

 

 Selected pupils are withdrawn from Languages for Learning support.

      (The number in brackets indicates the number of hours allocated per two week timetable cycle.)

     

    

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Intent by Year Group from September 2019

At Key Stage 4, all pupils study a core curriculum alongside their option choices that are decided on the basis of their progress at Key Stage 3 and their interests.  More information concerning the Options is available in the KS4 Subject Guide

 

Option Choices

The way in which the option columns are designed allows pupils to take a broad range of subjects from different curriculum areas, accommodates the needs of individuals and provide progression to their next stage of learning.

                  (The number in brackets indicates the number of hours allocated per two week timetable cycle.)

Year 10

Core

GCSE English (8), GCSE Maths (7), GCSE Religious Education (2), Physical Education (2)

GCSE Science & Additional Science (10) / Triple Science (15)

 

Option choices – one from each category

Languages (5)

GCSE German, GCSE French, Art, Business, *Creative iMedia, *Health and Social Care

Humanities (5)

GCSE History, GCSE Geography, Learning Support

Option A (5)

GCSE Art & Design, GCSE Design Technology, GCSE Computing, GCSE Drama, GCSE Music, Triple Science

Option B (5)

GCSE Business, GCSE PE, GCSE History, GCSE Geography, Triple Science

 

Year 11

Core

GCSE English (8), GCSE Maths (7), GCSE Religious Education (2), Physical Education (2)

 GCSE Science & Additional Science (10) / Triple Science (15)

 

Option choices – one from each category

Languages (5)

GCSE German, GCSE French, *Creative IMedia, Business, Art

Humanities (5)

GCSE History, GCSE Geography, Support

Option A (5)

GCSE Art & Design,  GCSE Design and Technology, GCSE Drama, GCSE Music, GCSE History, GCSE Geography, Triple Science

Option B (5)

GCSE Business, GCSE PE, GCSE Computing, GCSE Sociology, Triple Science

 *vocational courses

  

Religious Education

Religious Education is compulsory throughout the school.

The approach used in the study of R.E. at Claremont High School Academy is one which emphasises the spiritual and sacred nature of all faith traditions and considers in breadth the major world religions to try to give students a better understanding of religion. All students study R.E. to GCSE level and a large number go on to study it at A-level.

 

PSHEE       

Throughout Keystage three and four PSHEE is taught by a dedicated team from a variety of different subject areas to ensure not only consistency in subject knowledge and delivery but also effective monitoring and evaluation of the course and the subject content.

PSHEE education is central to the development of the young people at Claremont. The planned programme is designed to help them deal with the difficult moral, social and health-related issues that arise in their lives and in society. It also helps them to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives as individuals, parents, workers and members of society. In addition to this, the PSHE programme promotes fundamental British Values, which are taught implicitly in lessons and throughout all key stages.

The key concepts which underpin all the topics covered are:

  • Identity
  • Resilience
  • Managing Change
  • Power (within social contexts such as peer-pressure)
  • Rights, Responsibility and Consent
  • Diversity and Equality
  • Risk management
  • Health (mental, physical and emotional) and Balanced lifestyles
  • Relationships (including; friendships, romantic, familial)
  • Careers (including academic choices, enterprise and economic understanding) 

Our PSHEE education programme is a spiral curriculum that is built from our school and wider community values and needs. The nature of it means that our co-curriculum opportunities are intrinsically linked to its themes and provision. In this way it also gives us the unique position of being fundamental to the whole school ethos and acting as a co-curricular opportunity for all other areas.

 

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Intent by Year Group from September 2018

Students in the sixth form can choose an A-level pathway, Level 3 vocational pathway (BTEC or Cambridge National) or a combined A-level and vocational pathway, depending on their results at GCSE and choice of subjects.  We provide guidance to all students about the best pathway for them from Year 10 onwards to ensure they make an informed choice and are on the right courses.  The majority of our students study 3 A-levels or A-level equivalents, although occasionally students will choose to study 4 A-levels.

Students who have not achieved a grade 4 at GCSE in English or Maths are required to continue these subjects in year 12. The retake English and Maths classes are scheduled in a different column to the Btec subjects to avoid clashes.

From January in Year 12, students can take part in our Extended Project Qualification programme.  They are taught research and study skills before going on to complete the EPQ by working independently, supported by an academic mentor.  This in-depth study provides a context for developing critical thinking and project management skills, these skills are widely transferable and help students become more confident in other areas of study.  Universities recognise the EPQ as a qualification in addition to student's A Level/Vocational courses.  

 

All level 3 (A level and Vocational) courses are allocated 9 hours of teaching per subject in the two week timetable. All sixth form students follow an enrichment / tutorial program of study that is a requirement in the sixth form.

 

Click here for more information about the Sixth Form Curriculum.

Year 12

Option A (9)

Biology, Chemistry, Business Studies, English Literature, Maths, Psychology

 Ctec Double Applied Science, Btec Double Business

Option B (9)

Biology, Chemistry, Physics,  Economics, Geography, History, Further Maths

 Ctec Double Applied Science, Btec Double Business

Option C (9)

Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, German, Maths, Psychology

 Btec Single ICT, Btec Single Business, Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care

Option D (9)

Computer Science,  Physics, History, RE, Maths, Psychology, Music, Sociology

 Maths and English GCSE retake

 

Year 13

Option A (9)

Biology, Chemistry, Business Studies, English Literature, Maths, Psychology,

 Btec Double Applied Science, Btec Double Business

Option B (9)

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sociology, Economics,  History, Further Maths, Geography

 Btec Double Applied Science, Btec Double Business

Option C (9)

Art and Design, Economics, Biology, Maths, Psychology,  Theatre Studies

  Btec Single ICT, Btec Business, Cambridge Technical- Health and Social Care

Option D (9)

 Chemistry, Physics, History, RE, Maths, Psychology, Music,  Design and Technology, Sociology

 

English and Maths GCSE retake

 

  Btec Business and Btec Applied Science are double subjects studied in two columns