Grey Court School Highlights

“During lessons the students are not only eager to learn themselves but also to help others learn as well. Students were not just helping each other but also challenging their peers to explain their learning.” Ofsted Report 2013

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The Grey Court Curriculum

 

 

 

The Grey Court Curriculum aims to be an inspirational and aspirational curriculum that meets the needs of a diverse range of learners.  All children have a right to a broad, balanced and relevant education which provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into consideration. Grey Court’s curriculum policy is underpinned by its commitment to deliver all five outcomes of Every Child Matters:

·         Stay safe

·         Be healthy

·         Enjoy and achieve

·         Achieve economic well-being

·         Make a positive contribution

 

The school always will deliver its teaching on the basis of the worth of the individual within a culture that fosters respect for others and celebrates diversity. The school always will strive to offer students the opportunity to develop their talents to the maximum; to broaden and deepen their areas of interest; to furnish them with the skills to learn, not only whilst at the school, but throughout their lifetimes.

The school will ensure that every student has access to the National Curriculum along with as wide a range as possible of other experiences.

Our aim is to ensure that all students achieve the highest standards. The school will monitor all achievement and progress in conjunction with the requirements of the law.

Students follow a 30 period weekly timetable with each period lasting 50 minutes. One English lesson a week in year 7 and year 8 is dedicated to a reading programme (accelerated reader). In year 8, students take on the eight gradu8 challenges through the year. Please see below for The Grey Court Curriculum Model and key stage 3 provision.

Our Key Stage 4 options offer is innovative and varied and meets the needs of all our learners. In addition to the large number of GCSE courses on offer, there are 5 level 2, GCSE equivalence courses (Health and Social Care, Music Technology, Creative Media, Food and Cookery  and Personal Finance, and 1 As course (Politics) for the most able learners.   See below for a list of option subjects offered at Key Stage 4

In Key stage 5, there are 6 x 50 minute lessons per course.  Students have 4- 6 periods of timetabled supervised study over the week.  The curriculum offered includes a mixture of traditional, facilitating A- levels course and some level 3 technical awards.   Please see below for a list of Key Stage 5 subjects offered.

The PSHE and Citizenship (known as personal Development and Wellbeing – PDW) programme is organised outside of the normal timetable, through drop-down periods. The programme includes the use of outside speakers and special event days to enable us to meet our statutory requirements for citizenship, personal and social education and enterprise education. 

 

In Year 7, 30 talented sports students are selected to take part in the Sports scholarship programme.  These students have an additional 3 periods of Physical Education a week.

 

 Curriculum Organisation by Year Group

 

 

Year 7

 

Year 8

Subject

Periods per week

 

Subject

Periods per week

English

4

 

English

4

Maths

4

 

Maths

4

Science

4

 

Science

4

PE

3

 

PE

2

Computing

1

 

Accelerated Reader

1

French or Mandarin

2

 

French or Mandarin

2

Design & Technology

2

 

Spanish

3

Geography

2

 

Design & Technology

2

History

2

 

Geography

1

Religious Studies

1

 

History

2

Art

1

 

Religious Studies

1

Music

1

 

Art

1

Drama

1

 

Music

1

Performing Arts

1

 

Drama

1

Accelerated Reader

1

 

Computing

1

TOTAL

30

 

TOTAL

30

 

Year 9

 

Years 10/11

Subject

Periods per week

 

Subject

Periods per week

English

4

 

English

5

Maths

4

 

Maths

5

Science

4

 

Science

6

PE

2

 

Option Choice A

3

Computing

1

 

Option Choice B

3

French or Mandarin

2

 

Option Choice C

3

Spanish or German

3

 

Option Choice D

3

Design & Technology

2

 

TOTAL

30

Geography

2

 

 

 

History

2

 

 

 

Religious Studies

1

 

 

 

Art

1

 

 

 

Music

1

 

 

 

Drama

1

 

 

 

TOTAL

30

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX 2

  Key Stage 4 Options Offer

 

 

Year 10       2017-2018                                        Year 11       2017-2018

 

 

GCSE Qualifications

GCSE Qualifications

 

 

Art

Art

Computer Science

Computer Science

Drama

D&T Graphics

Food and Nutrition

D&T: Product Design

French

D&T: Textiles

Geography

Drama

History

Food and Nutrition

Latin

French

Mandarin

Geography

Design and Technology

History

Music

Information Technology

Physical Education

Latin

Religious Studies

Mandarin

Spanish

Media

Statistics

Music

 

Physical Education

 

Religious Studies

 

Spanish

 

Statistics

 

 

Level 2 GCSE Equivalence Subjects

Level 2 GCSE Equivalence Subjects

 

 

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

Music Technology

Music Technology

Personal Finance

Personal Finance

Food and Cookery

Food and Cookery

Creative Media

 

 

 

AS

 

 

 

Politics

 

  

 

APPENDIX 3

 Key Stage 5 Offer

 

       Year 12   2017-2018                                    Year 13     2017-2018

 

As/A-level

As/A-level

 

 

Art

Art

Biology

Biology

Chemistry

Chemistry

Computing

Computing

Drama

Drama

Economics

Economics

English Literature

English Literature

Extended Project Qualification

Extended Project Qualification

French

French

Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics

Geography

Geography

Government and Politics

German

History

Government and Politics

Mathematical Studies

History

Mathematics

Mathematical Studies

Music

Mathematics

Philosophy and Ethics

Philosophy and Ethics

Photography

Photography

Physics

Physics

Psychology

Psychology

Sociology

Sociology

Spanish

Spanish

 

Textiles

 

 

Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Level 3 National Extended Certificate

 

 

Applied Science

Applied Science

Creative Digital Media Production

Health and Social Care

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Health and Social Care

Sport

Information Technology

 

Music Technology Digital Media Production

 

Sport