Our aim is for all students to be prepared for the next stage of their education by having the confidence and aptitude to make their own valuable contribution to their community. We want to prepare our students to be ready to meet new challenges with resilience and strong mental well-being, and to develop student independence by ensuring that their ‘love for learning’ continues throughout their time at Aylestone. We have a core curriculum that engages and suits the needs of all our students and our wider curriculum creates a culture of participation, opportunity and ambition.
There is a wide range of qualifications on offer at Aylestone, many of which run with small group sizes. Our belief is that you get the biggest rewards when students are happy and engaged in their learning and we work hard to deliver this. We aim to assist each student, through hard work, commitment and self-discipline to achieve the highest standards of work of which they are capable. To this end we help each student to develop a lively enquiring mind, the confidence to question, and the ability to debate rationally, alongside ensuring each student acquires the knowledge, skills and training relevant to their own personal growth and ambitions, and to the world of work.
As part of our Key Stage 3 curriculum, along with the traditional subjects, our students study a subject we call Empowerment. Here they develop life skills to support their health and wellbeing, and their future careers as well as learning life skills such as first aid following the BHF Heartstart course.
Whilst students are in Year 9 we conduct a Curriculum Consultation with the year group. A wide variety of GCSE subjects are introduced and students indicate which subjects they would prefer to study at GCSE. We then create a bespoke curriculum offer. This allows us to design a KS4 curriculum each year based on the needs and aspirations of every child in that year group so that they receive challenging, stimulating, worthwhile and enjoyable experiences.
Some of the KS4 courses currently available:
Art and Design
D&T: Food Technology
D&T: Resistant Materials
OFSTED “highly effective practice in learning, teaching and assessment exists” “All most-able pupils achieved five or more good GCSEs including English and mathematics, and the proportion of middle-ability pupils achieving five good GCSEs including English and mathematics was higher than the national figure”
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