The Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Overview 

Year 9 Options

Year 9 Options; for those starting Year 10 in September 2019 - View the Booklet HERE 

  • (This also shows the Curriculum for Years 10 & 11.)

 

Curriculum Statement September 2019

As a Church School we are committed to the belief that every child is born with individual gifts and talents.  Our curriculum is designed to reflect our Christian ethos.  Therefore, there is a broad and balanced range of subjects, including those that are creative and practical, at all Key Stages.  This includes opportunities in a range of both academic and vocational courses at Key Stages 4&5. Religious Studies also sits alongside Maths, English and Science as a Core subject. (Full details of the curriculum delivered in each subject area can be found under Depaartments.)

Our aim is to provide students with an education which reflects the vision for Education as set out by the Church of England.

Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.

Educating for hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal; coping wisely when things go wrong, opening up horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.

Educating for community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.

Educating for dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.

We run a two-week timetable made up of 50 periods a fortnight, with 5 x 1 hour lessons plus assembly and Tutor time every day. The day starts at 8.45 am with registration and assembly and students are dismissed at 3.10 pm, although there are a range of additional activities which take place after this time.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the majority of students follow the curriculum as shown in the model below.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Model September 2019 – number of periods per fortnight: 

 

Eng'

 Maths 

 Sci' 

 RS 

 Art 

 IT 

 Drama 

 Geog' 

 History 

 French 

 Music 

PE &

Dance

REACH

(PSE)

Tech'

Yr7

8

8

7

2

2

3

2

2

2

4

2

4

3

2

Yr8

8

7

7

3

2

2

2

3

3

3

2

4

1

3

Yr9

7

7

8

3

2

3

2

3

3

3

2

2

1

4

Almost all students study the full range of subjects.

In Year 7 History, Geography and Religious Studies are taught by just one Humanities teacher, with blocks of time being allocated to each subject in turn. This helps to reduce the number of teachers a Year 7 student sees in a week, thus helping to support transition between Primary and Secondary school.  From Year 8 onwards the Humanities subjects are delivered as individual subjects.

Accelerated Reader programme

Accelerated Reader is a web based program which enables a student’s reading level to be constantly assessed through an online assessment tool.  Students read a book at the correct level, take an online quiz, and receive immediate feedback. Students respond to this regular feedback, motivating them to make progress with their reading skills through differentiated selection of reading material. Students in Year 7 and Year 8 read in most English lessons, have a dedicated library lesson once a fortnight and there is dedicated Drop Everything And Read (DEAR time) for 10 minutes every day. Students are expected to have a reading book with them in school and we encourage parents, and other family members, to read with their child.

Grouping of Students:

On entry to Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability groups (average size 30) for the majority of their lessons. In Maths, English, Science and Moderrn Foreign Languages, students are set according to ability during the course of Key Stage 3. For Maths this happens very early in    Year 7, the other subjects are set from Year 8.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 begins after the May half-term in Year 9. Students all follow the same Core Curriculum plus three choices of their own. Students are guided in their choice of subjects to help them follow a pathway which will enable them to succeed according to their individual gits and talents, needs and abilities.

The majority of students take nine subjects, but approximately 15% of the year group will gain an extra qualification by studying three separate sciences rather than a combined, double science option.

In addition, all students continue to take Core PE and REACH (Personal and Social Education)

Oxford Pathway: (This represents 85% of the student body).  Students chose one of the following constrained options; French, Geography, History, Spanish, Computer Science.  Students then make two further choices from the open options.

Cambridge Pathway: (This represents 15% of the student body).  Students receive additional literacy and numeracy support.  Students then make two further choices from the open options. 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Model September 2019 – number of periods per fortnight: 

 

Core Curriculum

Constrained Choice

Free Choice

Free Choice

 

English language and Literature

Maths

Science

Religious Studies

Core PE

REACH (PSE)

Option 1

Option 2

Option3

Yr10

Ox

8

7

10

6

3

1

5

5

5

Yr10

Cam

11

9

10

6

3

1

0

5

5

Yr11

8

7

10

6

3

1

5

5

5

During the course of Key Stage 4, a few students will have their curriculum reduced. This is exceptional and is usually for medical reasons.

Current Key Stage 4 Optional Subjects Studied 

Subject

Year 10

Year 11

Art

GCSE

GCSE

Business Studies

GCSE or BTEC

GCSE

Child Development

OCR National

OCR National

Computing

GCSE

GCSE

Dance

GCSE

GCSE

Design Technology (Timber or Electronics)

GCSE

GCSE

Drama

GCSE

GCSE

Enterprise

BTEC

BTEC

Food

GCSE

GCSE

French

GCSE

GCSE

Geography

GCSE

GCSE

History

GCSE

GCSE

ICT

OCR National

OCR National          

Music

RSL Diploma

GCSE and RSL Diploma

Music Technology

RSL Diploma

RSL Diploma

Physical Education

GCSE

GCSE

Spanish

GCSE

GCSE

Travel and Tourism

BTEC

BTEC

Work Skills

BTEC

BTEC

 Key Stage 5

Most students study three subjects over two years from a wide range of Level 3 courses. Students, for whom four subjects are appropriate, have that opportunity. Similarly, some students study only two subjects and have a work experience element in their curriculum.

Each subject has 9 periods per fortnight of taught curriculum time. Students spend the remainder of their time doing a mixture of independent study, school responsibilities, preparation for further study or employment and a few do work experience.  In order to keep the breadth of curriculum, some classes have both Year 12 and 13 students in them and, where groups are small, teaching is more personalised and there may be fewer formal lessons.

Courses currently running in the Sixth Form:

Courses are A level unless otherwise stated.

Art      

Basketball Academy (Vocational)                                    

Biology

Business Studies

Chemistry                                         

Computing                                       

Design and Technology                            

Economics

Electronics

English Language and Literature

English Literature

French

Further Maths                                              

Geography                                                                                       

History                                                                                                           

Law

Maths (A level and Core Maths)

Media Studies

Music

Performing Arts (OCR Foundation & Extended Diploma)

Photography

Physics

Psychology

Religious Studies

Science (BTEC)

Sociology                                         

Sport (BTEC)

Textiles

Theatre Studies

Travel and Tourism (BTEC)

The Extended Project (EPQ) is offered as an additional AS Level.

English and Maths GCSE retakes are offered for those who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in either/both subjects.

We are into the third year of our partnership with Crawley Town Community Foundation.        Forty students are studying Sport BTEC at Level 2 or 3, which they are combining with intensive Football or Basketball Coaching. Students get the opportunity to retake GCSE English or Maths at Holy Trinity. There are a few students for whom functional skills is a more appropriate course in one/both of these subjects.

The Performing Arts Diplomas are an exciting new avenue of education to our post-16 provision.  The Foundation is the equivalent to one A-Level, whereas the Extended Diploma is the equivalent to three A-Levels.  These vocational courses enable students to specialise in Dance, Drama, Music or Musical Theatre, whilst all studying a common core unit.  This provides students with access to a broad range of performing arts areas that will enable them to follow a preferred future pathway.

Learning support

Provision is classroom-based, with teachers being responsible and accountable for the development and progress of students with SEND in their class. High quality teaching, differentiated for individual students, is the first step in responding to students who have or may have SEND.

Advice, strategies and additional intervention may be put in place for students who continue to under-perform, despite the best efforts of the class teachers.

For those students who continue to underachieve, additional specialist support may be needed to advise and inform provision. The SENCO will be consulted and for a few/some students outside agency advice will be sought.

We have additional support in place for Pupil Premium students. As well as having access to good quality teaching, the school provides additional interventions based upon specific identified needs.  For additional information please look at the strategy statement which is found here.

Highly able students also need our special care and attention.  We have a number of strategies in place to extend our most able students. For additional information please look at the statement which is found here.

Extra-Curricular Activities

We run a range of extra-curricular activities including Christian Union, Creative Writing, Choir, Orchestra, School Productions and a variety of competitive sports teams. For additional information please go here.