Secondary Curriculum

Secondary Curriculum aims

To create:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

Our goal is for all pupils to leave year 11 well prepared for future success in all aspects of their lives.

Our school is committed to developing a learning community which is safe, purposeful, challenging and fosters mutual respect between all members.

High quality teaching enables pupils to enjoy their learning, achieve their potential and develop as individuals. This includes stimulating lessons which:

  • Improve knowledge, skills and understanding;
  • Endeavour to overcome barriers to learning, support our learners and help them to build resilience;
  • Make clear to pupils the next steps to further improvement;
  • And promote behaviour conducive for all to learn.

Opportunities will be provided for all pupils to receive appropriate levels of challenge and support, to broaden their cultural, social, sporting and technological horizons, to develop independence and to be prepared for living and working in a diverse 21st Century society.

At Key Stage Three, students study a broad and balanced range of subjects. These include a core offer of English, maths, science, a modern foreign language, religious education, history and geography, computing and Personal Social Health & Careers Education. In addition to this, students study a range of creative and practical disciplines including art, drama, music, PE and technology. The curriculum gives room for students to experience a range of different learning opportunities including many afterschool activities and educational visits, and a host of visiting professionals and performers to school in order to bring the curriculum to life.

At Key Stage Four, students study core curriculum subjects, and may opt for a range of additional subjects to make up their academic portfolio. The current offer can be viewed in our curriculum options booklet and our website. The options process begins early in year 10 with pastoral and careers support. All subject areas have the opportunity to inform learners about the curriculum, rewards and demands of their GCSE offer. Students and parents attend an information evening prior to the completion of their options form. Alternate pathways are offered where needed to support our SEN/D, deaf (ARP) and EAL learners. Our setting arrangements, with significantly lower than average group sizes for SEN/D and EAL pupils allows them to be taught by subject specialists.

In all years our curriculum is enriched through an assembly and tutorial programme, and with many different additional activities during the day and after school.

Our lessons are one hour long, and we have five lessons a day.  The day starts with a structured 20-minute tutorial or assembly, which complements our teaching of the different subjects. The day ends with an optional 10 minutes for individualised interventions / learning conversation with the tutor or a teacher.

If you would like more information on our broad and balanced secondary curriculum, please contact Kerry Ward by kwa@eastbury.bardaglea.org.uk

Options Booklet 2020-2022

Curriculum Subjects