Curriculum

GCSE Options

The curriculum the school will provide in Years 9, 10 and 11 has been designed:

  • To be broad and balanced
  • To allow for the maximum number of students to achieve to their highest potential in nationally recognised qualifications (i.e. study appropriate courses in their `best' subjects)
  • To allow students to select a coherent programme of study to enable them to access a meaningful progression through to post 16 and beyond
  • To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and enable access to the English Baccalaureate.

It is a national requirement that all students study English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology, Religion and Personal Development, together with Physical Education. We call this our ‘compulsory curriculum’.

‘Personalised Learning’ is a term that you may have heard used in the media and as a school we recognise that all students are individuals with differing needs and we try to offer ‘Personalised Pathways’, tailored to each student. For the majority of students, this means studying a selection of GCSE and BTEC qualifications in addition to the compulsory curriculum. For all students, the total number of courses available is limited to balance the need for breadth against the time required of each subject to attain the highest grades for each individual.

Your success is our concern and experience has shown that all students need a substantial amount of help and advice to make the decision of what to study - after all, future careers may well be affected! To aid you, all students will have an interview scheduled with a member of senior staff to agree a `Personalised Pathway for Success'. A time and location for the interview will be confirmed with students.

The programme of study that you will be advised to pursue will take into account:

  1. Your strengths, weaknesses and current performance in all subjects
  2. Likely future progression beyond the age of 16
  3. Our experience of organising and assessing courses
  4. National practice in providing opportunities for all 14-19 year old pupils.

With this in mind, a small number of students with particular needs may well be offered an alternative curriculum that is more suited to them. In this instance, there will be further opportunity to discuss and agree recommendations with parents at a separate interview which may involve an independent careers advisor.

Please read the Options Booklet to the right of this page for more information on GCSE choices at Humphry Davy School.

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