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.
For all students to be:
The Curriculum will:
Curriculum – As a matter of principle
This will be taught over a two-week timetable Week A and Week B. There are five 60 minute lessons a day, a total of 25 hours of contact time each week.
Intervention supports the curriculum offer for students who require additional support to rapidly catch up.
Year 7, 8 and 9
We have a broad KS3 curriculum meeting all the national curriculum requirements. The curriculum includes:
As part of our Key Stage 3 curriculum, along with the traditional subjects, our students study a subject we call empowerment. Empowerment includes the study of sex education and citizenship. Here they will also develop life skills to support their health and wellbeing, and their future careers as well as learning life skills such as first aid. Our students are taught about safeguarding, including keeping themselves safe online as part of our curriculum. This includes covering relevant issues throughout the curriculum.
Year 10 -11
A KS4 curriculum is designed 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. In Year 9 students undergo a curriculum consultation process. A wide variety of GCSE subjects are presented and students indicate which subjects they would prefer to study at GCSE. A bespoke curriculum offer is then developed.
All students must study the following:
Issues and ethics study is supported by subject immersion days periodically through the academic year.
Option subjects are taught over 5 hours a fortnight and are blocked with double lessons (to enable deep learning) and a single lesson once a fortnight. Students choose four from the following:
We offer a range of pathways to GCSE to meet the specific learning needs of our students but to enable them all to be highly employable:
All students opt to study at least one Ebacc subject in the option blocks – computer science, French, German, history or geography.
Pathway 1 – Ebacc Route – Students chose a humanity and a language to ensure they complete the Ebacc group of qualifications (English, maths, science, a humanity, a language)
Pathway 2 – Students could complete up to 2 BTEC qualifications
Pathway 3 – A small group of students may choose 2 options from the list above and then take part in the ACE program including additional support for English and maths and courses run by alternative providers.
Note: The third pathway supports our students who may need additional time to secure their progress in English and maths to support their access to the next stage of their education and/or training.
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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