Our curriculum is complimented and extended by our Enrichment Curriculum in school. This delivers over 40 clubs and activities to students at the end of each school day, designed to enrich their learning and promote happiness and wellbeing. Students have the opportunity to engage in sports, the arts, design programmes, accredited courses, complete additional qualifications and focus on their own mental health and well-being.
We balance the academic with the pastoral and therefore strive to develop the students’ personal skills and support their mental health and wellbeing. As such, students have access to a daily form tutor who supports them in their personal development and provides mentorship and friendship to them throughout their five year journey at the school. This is complimented by a weekly Positive Discipline hour which affords the time for tutors to academically and pastorally mentor each student, whilst also allowing a period of time for students to develop their skills in reading and revision.
Our focus this year is on oracy and providing students with as many opportunities as possible to use Talk for Learning in the classroom. We believe that literacy is the bedrock of communication which provides students with the skills to achieve the highest of outcomes. As such, there is a focus on speaking and listening in the classroom.
Student leadership to support peer wellbeing and happiness is at the forefront of our curriculum in school. Students are given the opportunity to apply for and deliver roles such as a Chaplaincy Team member, Head Boy and Girl Team as well as Respect Ambassadors in the areas of Mental Health and wellbeing, Online Safety, Identity and Anti-Bullying. These areas compliment the curriculum providing students with leadership development.
The Gatsby Benchmarks are also met through our Careers Programme in school which supports students in building their post 16 pathways in all aspects of education, training and the world of work. The Careers Programme is delivered by Senior Leadership and permeates the school through to curriculum area level.