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Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Intent

The curriculum at Barnwell School allows our students to:

To support all students in their academic and social development, we have designed a personalised curriculum along the following principles:

Roles and responsibilities

The Head of School will ensure that:

The Executive Headteacher and Governing Body will ensure that:

The Senior Team will ensure that:

Heads of Faculty will ensure that:

Teaching staff and learning support staff will:

Students will:

Parents and carers will:

Arrangements for monitoring and evaluation

The governing body will receive regular reports from the headteacher and senior leaders on:

Curriculum structure

Years 7 & 8

All students study curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science and Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and/or Spanish), Humanities (Geography, History), Expressive Arts (Music, Dance, Drama and Art), Design & Technology (Graphics, Resistant Materials, Food and Textiles), PE, and Computing & ICT. Throughout Years 7 and 8 there is a clear focus on developing students’ social, moral, cultural and independent learning skills. In core subjects students are taught in ability based groups.

Barnwell Pride lessons cover the social, morale, spiritual and cultural elements of the curriculum all linked to our core values.

Cross curricular Theme Days are held regularly throughout the year to give students enhanced experiences that build on the strong Social, Moral and Cultural ethos of the school.

An additional lunchtime and after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, expressive arts, Coding Club and STEM activities. There is daily support for homework in the library.

Year 9

All students study curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and PE. Through Year 9, students have the ability to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of specific areas of Modern Foreign Languages, Expressive Arts, Creative Learning and Computing & IT. The options process is as follows:

Modern Foreign Languages – One or two from French and Spanish/German

Expressive Arts – Two or three from Dance, Drama or Music

Creative Learning – Two or three from Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles or food

IT and Computing – One or both

Barnwell Pride lessons cover the social, morale, spiritual and cultural elements of the curriculum all linked to our core values.

Cross curricular Theme Days are held regularly throughout the year to give students enhanced experiences that build on the strong Social, Moral and Cultural ethos of the school.

An additional lunchtime and after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, expressive arts, Coding Club and STEM activities. There is daily support for homework in the library.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

All students study a broad and balanced curriculum allowing a variety of different progression routes into sixth form, further education and apprenticeships.

Students follow one of three pathways: Traditional, Applied or Accelerated, students are guided onto their pathway with full consultation with parents. Students opt in Year 9 for their Key Stage 4 subjects, the options process begins during the autumn term, all students receive significant information, advice and guidance prior to making their choices, both students and parents are supported at every step along the way.

All students study a core curriculum of

GCSE English Language, English Literature, GCSE Mathematics, GCSE Science (Triple or Double), Barnwell Pride and PE.

The English Baccalaureate is also available within our Key Stage 4 curriculum.

Key Stage 4 Pathways:

Traditional Pathway

Double Science Humanity / Language or Computer Science

Plus 3 further Options

Traditional Science Pathway

Triple Science Humanity / Language or Computer Science

Plus 2 further Options

Applied Pathway

Double Science Humanity / Language or Computer Science

BTEC Option

Plus 2 further Options

Accelerated Pathway

Core Science

BTEC Option

Plus 2 further Options

Work Experience

Students are also able to take further GCSE subjects, agreed after consultation, selected from the following:

Key Stage 4 BTEC Options:

BTEC Health & Social Care

BTEC Construction

BTEC Sport

BTEC ICT

Key Stage 4 GCSE Options:

Art, Computer Science, Catering, Drama, Textiles, Geography, French, German, History, Graphic Products, Business Studies, Resistant Materials, Music, Dance, Art Photography, Sociology, Religious Studies

All students participate in a full SMSC programme which includes impartial Careers Education Information and Guidance, Ethics and PHSCE. Furthermore, all students participate in recreational PE as part of their curriculum.

As recently announced by Ofqual, all GCSE examinations are now linear (taking place at the end of the two-year course) and controlled assessments form a very important element of assessment in only some subjects.

Core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) are taught in ability groups.

An additional after school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities and expressive arts. There is daily support for homework in the library. Extra Study Support is also in place especially for Year 10 and Year 11 depending on the individuals learning needs. Attendance at these sessions is well over 85% of the Year Group.

Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13)

Our sixth form curriculum is delivered as part of the Stevenage Sixth consortium. Barnwell Students benefit from a highly flexible and diverse range of Level 3 academic and vocational qualifications.

Every student is able to study up to four A-Level/BTEC/CTEC subjects, agreed after personalised consultation sessions. Barnwell School offers a large range of academic Level 3 qualifications, including the following:

Sixth Form BTEC Options:

Health & Social Care, Applied Science, Business Studies, Sport, IT

Sixth Form A Level Options

Art and Design, Dance, English Language, Mathematics, Art, Photography, French, Media Studies, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Psychology, Drama, Sociology, German, History, Product Design, English Literature, Law, Further Mathematics

We also support students for whom Level 2 studies are an appropriate pathway, including students who are improving their achievement in English and Mathematics. The programme is very innovative and developing rapidly as an exemplar Level 2 provision which is partly delivered by external partners and contains extended work experience placements.

Vocational Level 3 assessment comprises of a range of continuous assessment, controlled assessments and formal examinations. Students’ progress is carefully tracked and monitored by individual teachers, subject leaders and sixth form leadership.

All students in our sixth form participate in a comprehensive enrichment programme including a week of Work Experience in the summer term of Year 12. A wide range of sports and mentoring activities are also included within the school’s enrichment programme. Student leadership within the sixth form is strong.

Finally, sixth form students also receive a personalised programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Within this part of the curriculum, students will continue to develop their independent study skills and receive personalised careers education and guidance. Students are fully supported in all their future career aspirations. A vast majority of students complete the UCAS application process; support for these students is exemplary, including the students who complete Oxbridge applications.

As part of our student progression plan we have an apprenticeship company based at Barnwell School called Solveway, they provide Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships in a range of areas including IT, Business Admin and Graphic design. Barnwell students are able to progress onto apprenticeships at the end of Key Stage 4 or Sixth Form.

Portfolio of Experience

Equally important to our taught curriculum is the portfolio of experiences to enable personal and social development, develop citizenship and community work and present challenge.

These include, work experience at Key Stage 4 and 5, trips, a wide range of well attended extra-curricular clubs, including D of E, fundraising events, supporting others, mentoring and representing the school. All have the aim of helping our young people to develop their identity, so they are ready and equipped to fully engage with life beyond school.

Students log their experiences on an online platform to build up their portfolio.

"Leaders have developed a wider curriculum which is broad and balanced. It provides pupils with a range of opportunities to learn in all subjects​"

Ofsted - January 2018

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