Curriculum Information

"The curriculum (at south craven school) is outstanding and its impact on student's enjoyment of learning and on their academic and personal achievement is continuously under review. parents, including those who have disabled children or children with special educational needs cannot speak highly enough about how it is modified to meet the individual needs of their children. students in particular are delighted with the excellent opportunities they have to follow such a wide range of vocational courses."

ofsted report, 2013

Curriculum Aims

South Craven School strives to ensure that the design of the curriculum is responsive to the needs of its learners; equips each student for progression and success, from one Key Stage to another; and is informed by the very best in international and national educational research.

 The South Craven curriculum is founded on:

  • The mastery of core skills;
  • A broad range of opportunities matched to individual needs, interests and aspirations;
  • Relevant learning linked to models of progression that lead to further education and employment;
  • A variety of effective pastoral and curriculum support programmes;
  • Support and challenge for all students from all cultural backgrounds, from the most vulnerable to the more able;
  • The notion that it is important to provide an extensive range of learning experiences, beyond statutory requirements;
  • An emphasis on skills for life in the 21st Century.

Curriculum Vision

Curriculum Planning Statement

 

"south craven aims to provide a stimulating and exciting curriculum, devised within the externally imposed funding parameters"

Since becoming an Academy in May 2011, South Craven School no longer has to follow the National Curriculum, which previously provided the central underpinning of our curriculum offer.

"AS A RESULT OF AN OUTSTANDING CURRICULUM, CONSISTENTLY HIGH-QUALITY TEACHING AND FOCUSED SUPPORT FOR SMALL GROUPS AND INdividuals, all groups of students make outstanding progress and reach well above average standards at least by the end of year 11.

oFSTED REPORT, 2013

In the Sixth Form, courses leading to recognised awards will be provided where we have the staff expertise and facilities thus providing students with progression opportunities. Every year, the curriculum offer is decided by September and is followed by an options process. Decisions are then made by the Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers in relation to the viability of each course. The current option blocks for Year 12 and Year 13 can be found on the Sixth Form section of the website.

At Key Stage 4 for the vast majority of students all courses will lead to Level 1 or Level 2 certification in GCSE, BTEC or other Award courses. The exceptions to this are Beliefs and Values in Year 10; Careers and Progresion in Year 11; and Core PE. The overriding priority must be the progression opportunities of the individual child. A small number of students may do a reduced and/or alternative curriculum either because of SEN, illness or to avoid permanent exclusion.

At Key Stage 3 the priority is to offer a broad and balanced, subject-based curriculum that prepares students for Key Stage 4. A wide variety of teaching styles aims to engage and challenge students as well as developing their interests and self-confidence. Students are taught in a range of groups, some of which are set based on ability in the subject, while others are mixed ability groups. The focus of the curriculum at Key Stage 3 is to provide learning, core knowledge, skills and enjoyment as a foundation for Key Stage 4.

In Year 7 students study English, Maths, Science, French or Spanish, Drama, Performing Arts, Art,Textiles, Geography, History, Technology, PE and Music. PSCHE (Personal, Social, Cultural and Health Education) is delivered through performance subjects and an introduction to IT is delivered through Geography.

In Year 8 students study English, Maths, Science, French or Spanish, Drama, Art, Geography, History, ICT, Performing Arts, Technology, PE and Music. Some students are given the opportunity to study German as a second language.

In Year 9 Currently students study Maths, English and Science Students will also start an Art or Design option in Year 9. Students will also start their Performance option in Year 9. This include Performing Arts as well as Business. Business courses continue to the end of Year 11, while performance courses end in Year 10, with a range of activity choices for Year 11.

In Year 9 from 2019 onwards we are making some changes. More details will be available following launches to students and parents/carers.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Aspects of the Curriculum

Through the whole school curriculum and Pastoral system the school promotes fundamental British values. As such we:

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law in England
  • Encourage students to accept responsibility for their own behaviour, show initiative and to understand how they can contribute to the life of the school and the wider community
  • Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, public institutions and services in England.
  • Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions
  • Encourage respect for democracy and democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in Britain.
  • Commemorate World Wars I and II
  • Demonstrate the historical importance of the Commonwealth

Religious Education and PSCHE

  • Within Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils will be taught RE through the whole school curriculum as outlined within the SMSC curriculum grid, largely delivered through the Performing Arts, English and History subject areas. Within these lessons students are given the opportunity to explore questions of human life, challenging aspects of humanity in the connections between religions, beliefs and experiences that all humans share.
  • Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils will have a weekly lesson of Beliefs and Values, or Careers and Progression in Year 11 where the following areas will be explored: The Journey of Life Drugs and Alcohol, Sex and Relationships, Judaism. Rights and Responsibilities, Crime and Punishment, Marriage and the Family, Environmental and Medical Issues, Religion and Society. Careers choices and guidance. Progression to post-16 study, training, apprenticeships or employment.

Promoting British Values

The Department for Education’s five-part definition of British Values includes:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

South Craven Learner

These traits are embedded into school life and lessons and are promoted actively in all students:

COURAGE
  • See failure as a learning opportunity
  • Never give up
  • Take risks
ENQUIRY
  • Take responsibility for your own progress
  • Be reliable & respectful
  • Respond to feedback
GROWTH
  • Take all opportunities
  • Be creative and imaginative
  • Be curious

At South Craven School students will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. The curriculum is mapped in detail across the whole school.

Courses we offer

Here are the courses we offer throughout the year groups:

Year 7
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French or Spanish
  • Geography (including an introduction to IT)
  • History
  • Maths
  • Music
  • PE
  • Science
  • Textiles
Year 8
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French or Spanish
  • Geography
  • German (for selected students)
  • History
  • IT/Computing
  • Maths
  • Music
  • PE
  • Science
  • Textiles
Year 9
  • Art
  • Beliefs and Values
  • Business Studies
  • Dance
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French or Spanish
  • Geography
  • German (for selected students)
  • History
  • IT/Computing
  • Maths
  • Music (Sept 2019 onwards)
  • Musical Theatre
  • PE
  • Science
  • Sport Studies
  • Textiles
Years 10 and 11

Core:

  • Beliefs and Values / Careers and Progression
  • English
  • Maths
  • PE
  • Science Double Award or ‘Triple Science’ (separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Range of additional subjects:

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Child Development
  • Citizenship
  • Computing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Engineering
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Spanish
  • Sport Studies
  • Statistics
  • Textiles
Sixth Form
  • Applied Science (Single - Extended Certificate and Double – National Diploma routes available)
  • Biology
  • Business Studies (A Level and BTEC routes available)
  • Chemistry
  • Core Maths
  • EPQ (Extended Project Qualification)
  • Engineering (Single – Extended Certificate and Double – Diploma award routes available)
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • Further Maths (AS)
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • Health and Social Care (Single – Extended Certificate and Double – Diploma award routes available)
  • History
  • IT
  • Maths
  • Media Studies
  • Performance (with possibility of studying Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre as single – Extended Certificate, Double – Diploma or Triple – Extended Diploma award routes)
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Product Design
  • Psychology ( A Level and Applied BTEC courses available)
  • Spanish
  • Sport (Single – Extended Certificate and Double – Diploma award routes available)
  • Textiles