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 follow a programme which includes the core and foundation subjects prescribed for Years 7-9 of the National Curriculum. These include 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 2020, the first language will be French. In Year 8 there will be the opportunity to start one out of Latin or German as a second language.
Personal, Social, Health, Economic and Education (PSHEE) is delivered in a number of ways: through a programme of tutor lessons, assemblies and through a series of special days and occasions. In Year 9 we begin an additional programme of Personal, Social and Health Education which includes Health Education and Careers Education. 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. All students in Key Stage 4 also take courses in Religious Education, Personal and Social Education (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 and Education (PSHEE) 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.