Subject Information

THE 11-19 CURRICULUM AT SWCHS

Introduction

SWCHS aims to provide a personalised curriculum that allows all students to fulfil their personal and academic potential, and provides students with the best possible progression opportunities.

At the time of writing, the Government continues to drive forward its policy agenda in the educational sector. Schools across the country are working hard to accommodate these changes, which coincide with significant real cuts to school funding caused by reductions in levels of funding for Sixth Form students. Key national developments now underway or to be implemented in the next few years include: the progressive introduction of linear, and harder, GCSE and A Level examinations; the implementation of new school performance measures, and an expectation that more students will follow a combination GCSE of courses allowing achievement of ‘the English Baccalaureate’.

Inevitably, schools must respond to this policy agenda and SWCHS is no exception.

Key curriculum changes implemented from September, 2015 and continuing into 2016-2017 included:

  • Additional teaching time for English and Mathematics in Key Stage 4 (Years 9 to 11)
  • Retention of four GCSE ‘options’ choices
  • Withdrawal of the core ICT course in Years 9 and 10, with additional teaching time for ICT/Computing in Years 7 and 8
  • Withdrawal of the ‘Learning to Learn’ course in Years 7 and 8, and the ‘Economic Well Being’ course in Year 11. These have been replaced by in-subject delivery to develop key learning skills, and additional ‘timetable collapses’ for careers and progression related inputs.

The current allocation of time across subjects is shown in the tables below, which illustrate the number of taught periods across each two week timetable cycle:

Key Stage 4 (Years 9 to 11):

 

Timetable Allocation (Periods per Cycle

Mathematics

7

English

7

Science

10 (Y9 9)

PE

3 (Y9 4)

RPE

3

Option 1

5

Option 2

5

Option 3

5

Option 4

5

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8):

 

Timetable Allocation (Periods per Cycle

Mathematics

6 (Y8 7 for support groups)

English

6 (Y8 7 for support groups)

Science

6

PE

4

L2L

0

Computing

3

Geography

3

History

3

RS

2

MFL (Fr/De)

6 (Y8 4 for support groups)

Technology

5

Art

2

Drama

2

Music

2

Our school curriculum is kept under constant review, at subject, Area and whole-school levels. It is likely that further curriculum changes will be required in future years, given further changes in government policy and reductions in education funding. Such developments will be communicated to parents at the appropriate time.

Subject courses are being progressively revised to align with new National Curriculum, and new examination board specification requirements as GCSE and GCE courses as these are implemented. The detailed course information given on the web site is accurate at the time of writing.