• Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Statement


‘Curriculum is a matter of social and cultural justice, we want our students to leave school being able to join the great conversations of humanity and being able to participate in the discourse that underpins current affairs, cultural life and functioning democracy.’

 

Curriculum Intent - breadth, balance, high expectations and parity for all

Tewkesbury School believes in the power of education to enthuse, inspire and to educate our students on the best that has been thought, said and done throughout the course of humanity. Through this core knowledge, we aim to ensure that students are educated about their place in the world and develop the social and cultural capital they need to be knowledgeable, responsible citizens who are able to succeed in life, irrespective of their ability or socio-economic background.

 

At Tewkesbury School, we have not allowed our curriculum to be deprioritised nor narrowed as a consequence of high stakes accountability measures and have attempted to protect the breadth of options and opportunities available to our students against the background of significant real terms cuts in funding.

Our ambitious curriculum, which is rooted in the National Curriculum, is deliberately planned to ensure that it is ambitious, broad and balanced for all our students and is not narrowed in any way, in any Key Stage, for any students.

 

Maintaining appropriate attitudes and standards of behaviour is central to daily operations.  Alternative provision is available at the school’s free school, Abbey View, in Tewkesbury for those students failing to meet our expectations. Here, students who for whatever reason, are failing to make sufficient progress at Tewkesbury School, can benefit from smaller class sizes and a reduced curriculum.

Implementation - developing important knowledge and skills effectively over time

 

Our curriculum is delivered by ensuring that students' knowledge and skills are developed over time, through effective teaching which draws upon retrieval practice to help students to remember and be able to do more, so that by definition, they can make stronger progress. The School sequences learning in a way that helps students to use their prior knowledge and skills to make progress and achieve more over time. The curriculum, therefore, doesn’t happen by accident. It is planned so that knowledge, skills and understanding are built on over time.

When students arrive at Tewkesbury School they are split into mixed ability groups from Year 7 and this approach continues throughout their journey up to Year 11 and into the Sixth Form. We believe in equality of opportunity and access for all our students regardless of their prior attainment or socio-economic background.

 

In Key Stage 3 (Year 7 to Year 9), students study a broad range of academic subjects which include English, mathematics, science, humanities, languages and computer science. Students also learn a broad range of knowledge and skills in technology, physical education, music, art and design, drama, religious education as well as personal social health education (PSHE), which also covers compulsory sex and relationships education.

There is a well planned, appropriate careers education curriculum, which works towards all Gatsby benchmarks and ensures students are made aware of the opportunity to study alternative vocational and technical options in Year 10 through other local Gloucestershire providers.

 

We realise that for some of our students, their knowledge and understanding about a particular subject or field will only develop through the planned curriculum until the end of Year 9 because they then have the flexibility to opt for a more bespoke curriculum in Year 10.

When students arrive into Key Stage 4, they continue to study a broad and balanced curriculum, with strong academic outcomes. Students must study a core, compulsory curriculum made up of English, maths, science, PE, PSHE including further sex and relationships education. Students are then able to choose 4 additional options, one of which must be an EBacc subject (humanities, computer science, separate sciences or languages). Students are then free to choose an additional 3 options, from a choice of over 25 subjects based on their own interests and future aspirations. 

In the Sixth Form (Key Stage 5), students are offered a very broad range of subjects and are expected to choose at least 3 ‘A’ Levels or equivalent subjects from a wide range of over 20 subjects which include English, mathematics, separate and social sciences, humanities, computer science, the arts, sport, health and social care, business, economics and philosophy.

 

We strongly encourage students to study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and Level 2 retakes should they be required in English and/or Maths. Students also study ‘Futures’, which is an internal course that teaches them a range of life skills and prepares them for the next stage in their Post-18 journey.

Impact - good outcomes for all students

Industry and community links are strong and the school is proud of its rapidly improving programme of careers education and guidance and expanding links with the University of Gloucestershire.  An extensive programme of extra-curricular activities are also on offer with high participation levels.  Tewkesbury School is proud of the progression pathways of its students both Post 16 and Post 18.  In recent years, 100% of students have gone on to appropriate destinations and regardless of whether they leave us at 16, or 18 all students enter education, employment or further training.

Students learn well in Key Stage 3 and they develop knowledge, skills and values well. The impact of the Key Stage 3 curriculum sees on average over 90% of students meet the ambitious expectations we set. In addition to their academic achievements, students develop a love of learning, understand how to behave and interact and form respectful, positive relationships with each other and their teachers.

 

At the end of Key Stage 4 students achieve in line with the national averages for both attainment (the grades they achieve) and progress (how well they are expected to achieve based on their prior attainment from Year 6). Students achieve above the national average in over 70% of subject areas and achieve significantly above the national average for progress and achievement in maths, humanities and languages.

At the end of Key Stage 5, students achieve broadly in line with national averages across a range of subjects and all students, without exception, go on to higher education, training or employment.

 

If you have any specific queries in relation to the school’s curriculum then do please contact myself or Deputy Head, Rhys Adams, at the school.


Mr G M Watson
Headteacher