All our pupils have access to a 21st Century curriculum that fits the needs of all our students throughout their time at Aylestone. Our curriculum is broad and balanced, differentiated and relevant to the world in which our students will work. 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, 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 created 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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