Curriculum

A broad and balanced curriculum full of opportunities.

Pupils enjoy learning.

Ofsted 2016

Year 7

In Year 7, students study a broad curriculum.

In a two-week cycle of 50 one-hour periods per cycle (25 per week, 5 per day), they study 2 hours each of Art, Geography, History, Computing, Music and Religious Studies which are all taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

They have 4 hours each of Design Technology and Physical Education where they are in mixed, and in Design Technology, smaller groups. In Design Technology they follow a carousel programme across the disciplines of Textiles, Food Technology, Graphics and Product Design. Design Technology is taught across 3 bands with 5 classes per band. All are mixed ability. PE is taught across 2 bands with 5 classes in each band. All these are grouped by ability in PE as the year progresses.

They have 7 hours of Mathematics, and 8 periods of French and English/Drama and 6 periods of Science.

Students are set for English and Mathematics, in 10 sets across 2 half-year groups (5 classes in each band).  This is to allow for effective intervention for literacy and numeracy support.

In addition they have 1 hour of PSHE which is also taught in mixed-ability tutor groups.

We offer ‘Enrich’ to 60 students (20% of Year 7s) who are our most able and they have one hour per week built into their curriculum to develop their super-curricular knowledge and skills using material from the University of Oxford in order to prepare them for a pathway that may include applying to an elite university. In Year 8, these students build on their Enrich skill set to complete the Scholars’ Programme run by the Brilliant club. They are taught by PhD tutors to produce a 5,000 word academic assignment and visit two Russell Group universities.

Year 8

In Year 8, students study a broad curriculum.

In a two-week cycle of 50 1-hour periods per cycle (25 per week, 5 per day) they study 2 hours of Computing, Art and Music which is taught in mixed-ability tutor groups.

In addition they have 3 hours each of Geography, History and Religious Studies, also taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

They have 3 hours of Design Technology and 4 hours of Physical Education where they are in mixed ability, smaller groups. In Design Technology they follow a carousel programme across the disciplines of Textiles, Food Technology, Graphics and Product Design. Design Technology is taught across 5 bands with 3 classes per band. All are mixed ability. PE is taught in 2 bands with 5 classes in each band. All these are grouped by ability in PE.

They have 6 hours each of Languages and Science, 7 hours of Mathematics and 8 hours of English/Drama. Students either study French, French and Spanish or French and German (6, 3/3 or 3/3) based on a personal choice made at the end of Year 7.

Students are set for English and Mathematics, in 10 sets across 2 half-year groups (5 classes in each band).  This is to allow for effective intervention for literacy and numeracy support.  Science is taught in mixed ability groups.  Language groups are dependent on language option choice.

In addition they have 1 hour of PSHE which is taught in mixed-ability tutor groups.

Year 9

In Year 9, students study a broad curriculum.

In a 2-week cycle of 50 1-hour periods per cycle (25 per week, 5 per day) they study 3 hours each of Geography, History and Religious Studies, and 2 hours each of Computing, Art and Music. All these subjects are taught in mixed ability tutor groups, except Art which is taught in 3 third-year groups (3 sets per third of the year group).

They have 3 hours of Design Technology and 4 hours of Physical Education where they are in mixed, smaller groups. In Design Technology they follow a carousel programme across the disciplines of Textiles, Food Technology, Graphics and Product Design. Design Tecnology is taught across 3 bands with 4 classes per band. All are mixed ability. PE is taught across 2 bands with 6 classes in one band and 4 classes in the other. All these are grouped by ability in PE as the year progresses.

They have 6 hours each of Languages and Science, 7 hours of Mathematics and 8 hours of English/Drama.

They are set for Mathematics and Languages, in 9 sets across 2 half-year groups (5 and 4) and in Science in 9 groups across the year in 3 groups of 3 sets.

Students either study French, French and Spanish or French and German (6, 3/3 or 3/3) based on a personal choice made at the end of Year 7.

Students are set for English, in 9 sets across 2 bands (5 groups in one band, and 4 in the other).  This is to allow for effective intervention for literacy support.

In addition they have 1 hour of PSHE which is taught in mixed-ability tutor groups.

Year 10

In Year 10, students study the core required plus four option subjects.

In a two week cycle of 50 1-hour periods per cycle (25 per week, 5 per day) they study 8 hours of Mathematics, 9 hours of Science (and are accredited for a double science option unless they study Triple Science by having this as one of their four option choices) and 7 hours of English.

All of these subjects are setted in 9 sets across 2 half year groups (5 and 4.)

In addition they follow a core programme in ICT (2 hours), Physical Education (3 hours) and PSHE/Religious Education (1 hour).

Each student also studies 4 options subjects for 5 hours each – a total of 20 hours across the 4 options.

These 25 options are GCSEs in Fine Art, Art Photography, 3D Art, Business Studies, Sociology, Product Design, Food Technology, DT Fashion and Textiles, Drama, Media Studies, Geography, History, Creative ICT, Computing, Music, French, Spanish, German, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Triple Science and Mandarin. We also offer BTEC Level 2 Health & Social Care and Sport.

Year 11

In Year 11, students study the core required plus 4 option subjects.

In a 2-week cycle of 50 1-hour periods per cycle (25 per week, 5 per day) they study 8 hours of Mathematics, 10 hours of Science (and are accredited for a double science option unless they study Triple Science by having this as one of their four option choices) and 6 hours of English.

All of these subjects are setted in 9 sets across 2 half-year groups (5 and 4.)

In addition they follow a core programme in ICT (2 hours), PSHE/Religious Education (1 hour) and Physical Education (3 hours).

Each student also studies 4 options subjects for 5 hours each – a total of 20 hours across the 4 options.

These 25 options are: Fine Art, Art Photography, 3D Art, Business Studies, Sociology, Product Design, Food Technology, DT Fashion & Textiles, Drama, Media Studies, Geography, History, Creative ICT, Computing, Music, French, Spanish, German, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Triple Science and Mandarin.

We offer the Athlete Development Pathway to 10 boys and 10 girls in each year group who have additional sports performance coaching inside and outside of their curriculum.

Sixth form study

Students in our successful and growing sixth form follow a Level 3 qualification pathway made up of A levels and/or Level 3 National BTECs. All students following Level 3 pathways are timetabled for a minimum of 43 hours (9 hours per subject including EPQ) per cycle.

All A level students in Year 12 also have the opportunity to study for the AQA Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as part of their curriculum enrichment. Some students also opt to study Level 3 Core Maths as a further way to enhance their academic portfolio. Any student who has not yet achieved a Grade 4 in Mathematics will be supported in re-sitting this subject until a minimum Grade 4 is achieved.

Currently there are 29 A level subjects offered at our Centre:

Fine Art, Art Photography, Art Graphics, Business, Economics, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Product Design, English Language & Literature, English Literature, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, Geography, History, Government & Politics, Computer Science, Mathematics & Further Mathematics, Music, French, Spanish, Physical Education, Philosophy & Ethics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Other subjects may be offered if there is demand – Food Technology, Mandarin (2018) and German.

We also offer BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificates in Information Technology and Health & Social Care.

In addition to their academic studies all students are offered a comprehensive ‘Education for Life’ programme (E4L) which is designed to support students in understanding their role within society and adult life beyond our gates. A big part of E4L is exploring and supporting our students with their aspiration and application to their desired destination beyond our sixth form; for many this is University or a Higher Apprenticeship.

A student 16-19 study programme is further supported through our extensive personal enrichment programme where students can choose from a list of enrichment activities to help them enjoy their time with us and leave as a more rounded individual, with skills and experiences that will benefit them in later life. These include: Business Enterprise, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Arts Award, school sport & fitness, work based placements, community volunteering, Peer Mentoring, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and many more student led initiatives. Students who speak additional languages are also encouraged to independently study for qualifications in these languages during this time.

In order to support the demands of post 16-study, all students are allocated directed private study lessons to help them effectively manage their study and time.

Careers and work-related learning

Careers information advice and guidance enables our students to progress through learning and into work. All students have to make choices through their time in the school and we have therefore developed a varied careers and work related programme that will allow our students to understand and develop the qualities, attitudes and skills needed through life and work.

Careers & Work related learning

PSHE

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is a subject studied by all Bournside students across both Key Stages. It allows students to consider different aspects of society including what it means to be a good citizen, politics, the police and justice system. It also gives students the opportunity to discuss and assess potential risk-taking behaviour, including healthy living, drug and alcohol abuse and discrimination. 

PSHE is taught through a variety of methods within the classroom as well as further enrichment from visits to Skillzone in Gloucester, the opportunity to complete Advanced Cycle Training and input from outside companies.

Find out more about our PSHE curriculum