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The Debenham High School curriculum aims to enable our students to become:
- Successful learners
- Confident individuals
- Responsible citizens.
Our curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum with an aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils. We use a degree of flexibility to ensure we are able to respond to the needs of all students; generating bespoke curricula for individuals or modifying our curriculum offer for whole year groups where we feel there is a need. The curriculum is reviewed each year for its suitability and changes are made to ensure our curriculum offer meets the needs of all students particularly as they enter KS4.
We believe all of our students are entitled to a curriculum that challenges their individual abilities; is relevant to their experience and present needs; is inclusive and has application and value in the world outside the school. The recognition of students as individuals demands appropriate teaching methods and learning tasks that will engage all of our young people, including those with special educational needs. High quality wave one teaching and learning is a priority within the school. Information, communication and digital technology are integral tools of teaching and learning in all curriculum areas. Our approach to grouping is again informed by the needs of our students and encompasses, as appropriate, mixed ability grouping as well as grouping based upon ability.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7 to 9)
At Key Stage 3 there is an emphasis on developing a solid foundation of knowledge and skills across a broad range of subjects. Details of the subjects on offer at KS3 can be found via the links to the right of this page. The curriculum is broad and varied, yet remains based on a traditional structure. 2014-15 sees the introduction of computing to the curriculum with all pupils undertaking a Computing qualification in Year 9. Also this year, all Year 9 pupils will take a Modern Foreign Languages qualification. Both of these subjects we see as being vital for future employability in an ever-changing world.
Alongside the academic is an emphasis on developing the whole pupil through a comprehensive PSHE programme, RE, whole school and year group events and an expectation of extra-curricular involvement.
Pupils are given discrete PSHE lessons throughout KS3. This incorporates careers education, sex education, e-safety, development of a healthy mind, enterprise education and financial understanding. The lessons follow a personal development programme that focuses upon key issues salient to living in modern Britain, as well as supporting individuals in their learning and personal well being. A comprehensive mapping of all subjects ensures that there are also elements of PSHE delivered in subject areas, as appropriate. We believe we have a duty to prepare students to become positive members of society as well as gaining the qualifications they need to be successful.
All subjects play a part in developing pupils’ social, moral, and cultural understanding. This is also specifically developed in RE where students develop their own beliefs through consideration of Christian teachings and the perspective of other religions. Through activities such as our prayer space week students are specifically encouraged to stop and reflect upon their own spiritual development.
Opportunities also exist for students to extend their learning through a wide range of extra-curricular activities and educational visits. We enrich and enhance the taught curriculum through collaborative working with community partners and a programme of trips and visits that intend to bring learning to life. This is supported by a whole school emphasis on participation in extra-curricular activities as well as focus weeks on topics such as diversity.
We believe that in order to function in society students must have the best possible grasp of the core skills of literacy and numeracy. Teaching in English and Mathematics is taught across six groups to maximise learning and progress. Where appropriate some students also take part in additional numeracy and literacy lessons.
Whilst most students follow a similar broad curriculum diet across KS3, in Year 9 a small group of students follow an ASDAN course. In Years 7 and 8 a small group of students follow a PSHE+ course which focuses on social skills and making the transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3.
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11)
At Key Stage 4 all pupils follow a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, RE, PE and PSHE. As a church school we believe in the importance of RE and all students undertake a short-course GCSE which focuses on Christianity and Ethics.
Students are also able to select four additional subjects to study at GCSE level. This offer changes year on year and is built around the profile of the year group. In 2014-15 alongside traditional subjects such as French, Geography and Art students have also been given the opportunity to study Health and Social Care, Media Studies and Computing to name but a few.
Where necessary we work with other providers to increase our curriculum offer. We currently work with Otley and Easton College to provide pupils with the opportunity to study Animal Studies, Equine Studies and Countryside and Management qualifications. A small number of students also access provision at Brockford Barns.
Where pupils find it difficult to access to school curriculum through illness or other circumstance we utilise two highly qualified tutors who specialise in literacy and numeracy to support their engagement in education and return to school.
We see the delivery of the curriculum as a partnership between staff, pupils, governors, parents and the local community, each making their unique contribution. English and Mathematics specialists from Debenham High School have directed time where they work with our primary partners to ensure the smooth transition of students between phases and allow collaboration and sharing of teaching and learning techniques across the pyramid.