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Holmer Green Senior School

Curriculum Rationale

Ethos

At Holmer Green Senior School we provide a curriculum offer that delivers Achievement and Opportunity for all. 

Vision

  • We will produce successful, independent, confident learners who reach their full potential.
  • We will provide a challenging, broad and balanced curriculum.
  • We will provide learning opportunities that develop depth of knowledge and understanding and application of skills.
  • We will provide opportunities for all students to develop the skills needed to thrive, including: creativity, problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking.

Rationale

  • Our curriculum will foster a culture of high aspiration through the delivery of academic, knowledge-rich and engaging lessons, which allow students to develop their understanding and viewpoints of the world.
  • Our curriculum will ensure all students are offered the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects across all age stages, which will allow them to successfully progress down any path post 16.
  • Our curriculum will have sequenced schema that challenge all students to deepen their knowledge and understanding as well as practice and refine their subject specific skill set.
  • Our curriculum will develop cross-curricula skills that allow our students to become successful, independent, confident learners.
  • The success of a key stage is the extent which learners are well-prepared for their next steps.
  • We recognise that the transition between year 6 and 7 is a difficult one for many students and in particular gaps that are opening between different student groups, in terms of performance, widen more rapidly after this transition.  We therefore recognise the need to bridge this gap and provide a transition period in year 7 which support all our students to become Holmer Green ready.
  • We believe in excellence and students pursuing in-depth study of areas they are passionately interested in.  As a result we offer the EPQ qualification at KS5.
  • We have made a conscience decision to minimise the number of GCSE subjects our students take as we believe in hard work and excellence and are adamant that this is only possible when focused on the study of a smaller number of GCSEs.
  • We aim to support and develop kindness in our students and therefore fully believe in a school’s role in developing a child’s character.  As a part of this we offer PSHCE as part of the taught curriculum, PENN resilience programme to develop resilience and a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment experiences, e.g. Duke of Edinburgh, World Challenge, etc.  We believe this approach will help our students deal with the multiple challenges from a fast paced and ever evolving world, support their mental health, support them to make positive health and fitness decisions and promote self-regulation.
  • The majority of students at our school have an idea of their future career paths, although we recognise this is highly changeable.  Therefore we believe that the significant majority should be taking a balanced curriculum that incorporates all the Ebacc subjects and as a result will keep the majority of their options open post 16 whilst also offering the best success.

Key Stage Three - Year 7 and 8 Curriculum

  • Students study a wide range of subjects, including the Penn Resilience Programme
  • All schema allows students to build their knowledge and develop the skills needed for success at GCSE and beyond
  • There is a large amount of time devoted to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science to ensure that success is built on strong foundations.
  • All subjects promote students spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development.
  • Students are taught in the most appropriate grouping for each individual subject.
    • For English, Mathematics and Science setting arrangements are based on prior attainment/ability.
    • For all other subjects students are taught in mixed ability groups

Key Stage Four - Year 9-11 Curriculum

  • All students are offered the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects
  • All schema allows students to build their knowledge and develop their subject specific skill set
  • All subjects promote their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development
  • All students study English language, English literature, Mathematics, Biology Chemistry, Physics and Religious Studies.
  • Students have the opportunity to opt for a wide range of subjects including the expressive arts, design technology and vocational courses.
  • Art and Design
  • Art Textiles
  • Business
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Food and Cookery
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • PE GCSE
  • Photography
  • Design and Technology
  • Spanish
  • All students continue to take part in physical education for two hours a week. Students take part in a range of sports and activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • All students receive a minimum of one hour session with our impartial and external careers advisor to discuss their plans for post 16.
  • Students are taught in the most appropriate grouping for each individual subject:
    • For English, Mathematics and Science setting arrangements are based on prior attainment/ability.
    • For all other subjects students are taught in mixed ability groups

Key Stage Five – 16 – 18 Curriculum

  • We offer a range of A-Level, AS-Level, Btec National and other qualifications (for example, the Extended Project Qualification).
  • All schema allows students to build their knowledge and develop their subject specific skill set.
  • Where appropriate, students will resit GCSE English or mathematics.
  • Students receive targeted support for careers choices and UCAS applications.
  • Key Stage Five offers a very wide range of extra-curricular activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, World Challenge and other opportunities.

October 2018

Holmer Green Senior School
Parish Piece
Holmer Green
High Wycombe
HP15 6SP

t: 01494 712219e: office@hgss.co.uk