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Curriculum

Our curriculum is built to serve the needs of our students and ensure they are prepared fully for life after Trafalgar. We believe strongly in ensuring breadth of experience and are steadfast in our commitment to creativity in learning; this leads to highly engaged students and the best possible academic achievement.

Learning extends outside of the classroom and our students have opportunities to visit castles, museums, the New Forest, musicals and experience foreign travel to Spain, Iceland, Belgium and France.

Homework is a key part of learning at our school with regular homework set across all year groups and a commitment to preparing students for examinations through learning the skills to revise and build up knowledge over time.

A common curriculum exists throughout the first 3 years, based on National Curriculum guidelines. During this time students study:

English Literature Beliefs, Values and Traditions Technology
English Language French or Spanish Drama
Mathematics Computational Thinking Personal Social Health Education
Science Physical Education
Geography Music
History Art and Design

 

Years 7 – 9 are taught predominantly in tutor groups across the curriculum with the option of setting in English and Mathematics in Years 7 and 8 and in Science from Year 9.  There are regular health checks to assess potential and achievement. There is flexibility within our structure to arrange groups in the rest of the curriculum which suits learning in mixed abilities or in sets, dependent on subject requirements.

In Year 9, students choose their options for GCSE study.

Our curriculum is based on success in traditional GCSE subjects, with some vocational study available in subjects where practical skills are highly prized. We are committed to providing students with a strong core provision of English Literature, English Language, Maths, Combined Science, Physical Education, and Personal Social Health Education.

Through option pathways we guide students to further academic study in Separate Science, Geography, History, Computational Thinking, French or Spanish and they then can access creative and technological studies freely. Our full list of subjects offered is below:

Subject Exam Board
English Language AQA
English Literature AQA
Mathematics Edexcel
Combined Science** AQA
PE Non GCSE Subject
BVT AQA
French (currently studied) AQA
Spanish (currently studied) AQA
Geography AQA
History Edexcel
Computer Science OCR
Separate Sciences

(replaces core Combined Science for students.   Students must select this as an option if they wish to study 3 separate Sciences)

AQA
Resistant Materials AQA Technical Award
Food Technology AQA Technical Award
Textiles AQA Technical Award
Music Edexcel
Drama Eduqas
Art & Design AQA
PE AQA
Health & Fitness NCFE VCert
Media Studies AQA

Students are encouraged to benefit from the school’s resources beyond that of the central curriculum and guidance system, through extra school activities of various kinds and involvement in the local community.

In addition to an extensive programme of Physical Education activities, opportunities exist for students to participate in numerous school visits, musicals, Science Fair and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to name but a few!  The school enjoys an excellent reputation and tradition in music and a number of our students regularly perform as part of the Salisbury Area Young Musicians, and at community events as bands and soloists.  We encourage all teachers to build exciting trips and visits into their subject provision.  Relationships are enhanced massively via these activities.  

Some examples of the clubs that run at various times through the year are:  Homework Club (daily at lunch time), Creative Computing, Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Wind Band, Choir, Cheerleading, Soul Band, Inter-House competitions, Chess Club and after-school revision sessions in all subjects.

Our Curriculum Options Evening for students in Year 9 will be held on Thursday 18th January 2018 from 4pm to 6pm in the Main Hall.  Information will be sent to parents nearer the date.

 

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