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The curriculum at Barnwood Park ensures that a broad and balanced curriculum is provided to its students. Our curriculum is personalised and inclusive, so as to meet the needs of every student wherever possible. We also provide a range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. For KS4 students a wide range of subjects is offered to provide students with the most relevant pathway for further study or employment.

Objectives relating to the curriculum aims at Barnwood Park are:

1. That students should develop their abilities to their maximum potential.

2. That students who leave Barnwood Park should be articulate, literate and numerate, and have lively, enquiring, independent minds.

3. That students should be aware of the needs of the community and be prepared to contribute fully to the life of the community.

4. That all students should be offered a curriculum that has breadth and depth. It must be tailored to each student and satisfy their requirements.

5. That students who leave Barnwood Park should:

• have developed a love of learning that will last for the rest of their lives;
• be adaptable enough to react to the needs of a fast changing world;
• be confident in their dealings with adults and peers;
• be able to develop good working relationships with others;
• have knowledge of a wide range of cultures and through this come to respect the rights and needs of others;
• be able to make good moral judgements.

House System and Form Groups
Students are placed in one of 6 mixed ability form groups from arrival at Barnwood Park and are also placed into one of 3 houses, Parks, Ennis and Rowling. Each house has a Head of House who is responsible, with the form tutors, for the pastoral care and academic progress of every student.

Subject Information

Key Stage 3

In KS3 all students follow the National Curriculum subjects:
• English
• Mathematics
• Science
• Modern Foreign Languages –Spanish and/or French
• History
• Geography
• Religious Education
• Physical Education
• Personal and Social Development

All students study a range of subjects using ‘carousels’ across Key Stage 3 which gives them learning opportunities in different subjects including:
· A Performing Arts Carousel (Music, Dance and Drama)
· A Creative Arts Carousel (Art, Food Technology and Textiles)
· A Technology Carousel (Design Technology, ICT, Digital Art Technology)

Students in Year 7 also have a weekly lesson called ‘Futures’. This aims to support students in thinking about their futures, including careers, and the skills that are needed to achieve their ambitions. This includes the development of personal skills and learning strategies as well as finding out about the routes into future career paths. It helps to prepare and support students for the learning they do in their other lessons. Aspects of Futures are also covered within PSHE in Years 8 and 9.

Students in KS3 also have a dedicated Literacy lesson each week. This is designed to boost students Literacy to improve their oral and written competence and confidence. Students with weaker English literacy skills will be in smaller classes with session designed to accelerate their progress.

A small number of students at Key Stage 3 may have additional English lessons instead of Languages in order to strengthen their English progress and their ability to succeed in other lessons.

Students in Key Stage 3 are organised into mixed ability classes, and can be set in Maths. A small group of students needing additional English are set in English. Students are taught in mixed ability classes for all other subjects.

Students choose their option subjects for Key Stage 4 in Term 3/4 of Year 9. Students in Year 9 receive detailed information, advice and guidance about their KS4 subject choices. Parents are fully involved in this, including through Parents’ Evening and Options Evening.


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) we offer a wide range of courses to ensure that all students have the opportunity to study subjects about which they are passionate, and to encourage a love of learning. Our focus in KS4 curriculum development is on quality and choice. We review our KS4 offer each year, and we evaluate the success of all courses regularly during the academic year.

All students study Maths, English Language and English Literature at GCSE. All students study Science at Key Stage 4: some students will study for three GCSEs in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, some will study for two GCSEs in Combined Science. The head of science and science teachers will talk to students about the course which is right for them. All students will take core PE, and will study a programme of Personal and Social Development. Students will be set in Maths.

Students are able to choose 4 option subjects to study at GCSE. Currently the subjects available include:
· Spanish
· French
· Geography
· History
· Computer Science
· Religious Studies
· Fine Art
· Photography
· Dance
· Drama
· Music
· Statistics
· Psychology
· Physical Education
· Graphic Design
· Food Preparation & Nutrition
· Children’s Learning and Development

All subjects are GCSEs except for Visual Communication and Children’s Learning and Development which are Technical Awards, which are a vocational equivalent of GCSEs. We also support some students to study Level 1 Vocational Courses to meet their needs, and Functional Skills in English and maths.

All students are able to choose a combination of subjects to achieve the English Baccalaureate (English, Maths, 2 Sciences, a modern foreign language and one of Geography and History). We expect all students to choose at least one of Spanish, French, Computer Science, History and Geography.

Some students will also be able to choose additional lessons in English and Maths as one of their option choices to boost their progress in these key areas. In Year 10 all students undertake work experience in a wide range of placements to match their different interests and abilities.

We provide support for students to continue their studies when they leave Barnwood Park Arts College. All students receive one-to-one careers interviews, and we have strong links with sixth forms and colleges which help each of our students continue their learning successfully.

Please contact Mr Fuller the Deputy Head if you have any questions concerning the curriculum at

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