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Whole School Overview

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.

Our 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;
• value their learning outside of the curriculum;
• foster strong relationships with local workplaces;
• access to a full range of learning experiences beyond statutory guidelines;
• make informed and appropriate choices at the end of the Foundation Phase and Pathways phase;
• develop personal moral values;
• develop the fundamental British values of democracy, the Rule of Law, individual livery and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

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, Attenborough or Jenner. Students collect house points from their teachers for exceptional effort and excellent learning which go towards the coveted House Cup. Students also gain house points for involvement in extra curricular activities in areas such as music, dance, drama and sport Students compete in their houses in our annual Sports Day for the House Sports Cup.

Each of our three houses also has their own house charity, which is decided by the students every year. A wide range of fun events are organised by the houses to raise money for these charities each year, including for example cake sales with which all students get involved.

Each year group has a Pastoral Lead and Assistant Pastoral Lead who are responsible, with the form tutors, for the pastoral care and academic progress of every student.

Subjects

Key Stage 3

In KS3 all students follow the National Curriculum subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages –Spanish and/or French
  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  • Personal and Social Development

For 2021-2022 all students in Key Stage 3 study 8 different Art and Technology subjects through a yearly carousel of 4 rotations. This gives them a wide variation of practical and academic learning opportunities. Two carousel subjects are followed each week for a 9-10 week rotation, and these include Fine Art, Textiles Art, Digital Art, Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Music, Drama and Dance.

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 sessions in form time. Literacy is a key focus during form time at KS3 and this includes both fiction and non-fiction reading.  Over the course of the academic year, students engage with two, 6 week periods, of non-fiction texts and develop their reading comprehension skills.  This takes place between periods of whole form reading with the form tutor of a fiction novel, and incorporates the skills of skimming and scanning, asking and answering questions about the text and summarising the key points raised.  The Literacy session are designed to improve students oral and written confidence and competence. These skills are key for success at GCSE and by developing them early, students are able to apply them to their GCSE studies.

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 GCSEs in Maths, Statistics, English Language and English Literature at GCSE. All students also study Combined Science in Years 10 and 11, worth 2 GCSEs. All students will take core PE, and will study a programme of Personal and Social Development. Students will be set in Maths.

Students are currently able to choose 3 option subjects to study at GCSE. Currently the subjects available include:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Fine Art
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Textiles
  • Enterprise and Marketing (Cambridge National)

  • Children’s Learning and Development (NCFE Cache)
  • Creative iMedia (Cambridge National)
  • Sports Studies (Cambridge National)

All subjects are GCSEs except those indicated, which are a vocational equivalent of GCSEs. We also support some students to achieve Level 1 Vocational Courses to meet their needs, and Functional Skills in English and maths.

All encourage students to choose a combination of subjects to achieve the English Baccalaureate (English, Maths, two 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. 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 sfuller@barnwood-park.gloucs.sch.uk

 

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