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Curriculum

Our curriculum intent: We provide a challenging, rigorous, engaging and broad curriculum for able and ambitious students in the local area within the framework of a caring community. All students, regardless of need, gender, ethnicity and background, are guided to be independent thinkers, emotionally resilient, empathetic, well behaved and socially responsible. They are prepared to make a constructive contribution to society as a result of the experiences they encounter, and the example set by others.

We work a 45-period week over five days. There are 9 periods in a day, 5 periods before Lunch and 4 periods after. We have breaks at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Our lunch hour lasts one hour and five minutes, enabling students to pursue extra-curricular interests.

Students in the first three years study English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Modern Languages, Art, Music, Design and Technology, Religious Education, Physical Education and Citizenship. Our approach to Science treats Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects. In Year 7 students will study German or French as their first language. In September 2021, the first language will be German. In Year 8 (from September 2022) there will be the opportunity to start one of either Latin or French as a second language.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is delivered in a number of ways: through a programme of PSHE lessons directed by Heads of Section and taught by tutors, through assemblies and through a series of visiting speakers covering Living in the Wider World, Health & Wellbeing and Relationships. In Year 9, we have an additonal lesson stregthening our provision for  Relationships & Sex Education (RSE). This programme and our curriculum emphasise an inclusive approach, personalised learning approaches and follow assessment for learning strategies.

At Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11 students study ten subjects for GCSE. The basic ten are English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, a Language (French, German or Latin), Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) a humanities subject (History or Geography) and two optional subjects chosen from Art, Computer Science, Design & Technology, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Music, PE and Religious Education. At the core of our curriulum is the EBacc. All students in Key Stage 4 also take courses in Religious Education, RSE, PSHE  (which includes Careers and Citizenship) and Physical Education. Some students have the opportunity to take Level 2 Further Mathematics.

The School offers breadth of choice at ‘A’ level; most of our students will study three ‘A’ levels. Some students may choose to study four ‘A’ levels. We expect and encourage students to choose subjects, for the right reasons; especially enjoyment, career choice and ability in that subject. The subjects that we offer are Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Classics, Design & Technology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Government & Politics, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology and Religious Studies. We advise students who choose a fourth ‘A’ level that breadth should be a real consideration, as should academic prowess.

In addition, all Sixth Formers will have the opportunity to be involved in a programme aimed at enriching their academic studies. This programme will include sport, Performing Arts Leadership Award, Sport Leadership award, private study, work experience placements, volunteering, the Extended Project Qualification and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme at Gold level.

Similar to Key stage 3 and 4 , Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education (PSHE) is delivered in a number of ways: through a programme of tutor lessons, assemblies and through a series of special days and occasions. We offer dedicated support in our curriculum to the students making the next step from Caistor Grammar School into the world of work or Higher Education.

Our curriculum is accessible to all students. You can read our SEND policy here. [link]

You can read how our curriculum links with our Equality Objectives [link]

You can contact Mr Marcus Croft (Assistant Head, Teaching & Learning) to ask about our curriculum via marcus.croft@caistorgrammar.com

 

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KS3 Scheme of Work summaries

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GCSE and A-level courses studied

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