Overview

We offer a varied curriculum and as expectations of our students are very high, and we wish to support them in every way, ability setting operates increasingly as students move from Year 7 through to Year 11.

In Year 7 the core curriculum consists of Maths, English, Sciences, Geography, History, Religious Studies, a Modern Foreign Language, Technology (Food, RM, Textiles), Drama, Music, Art, Information and Communication Technology, Physical Education and Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education. In Years 8 and 9, our more able students will have the opportunity to study a second Modern Foreign Language.

On entering Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) students are offered one of two different curriculum pathways. Many students choose the Blenheim Pathway, whilst others choose a more traditional Baccalaureate curriculum.  Within both pathways, students can study technical qualifications alongside the new 9 – 1 graded GCSEs.

Considerable advice and guidance is available to students and their parents to allow the most appropriate choice of curriculum to be made throughout Year 8 to Year 13. Our Gifted and More Able (GAMA) students can participate in an accelerated curriculum, starting GCSEs and AS Levels early if this is the most appropriate route for them.

Both academic and technical courses are available in the Sixth Form, where GCSEs can be studies onto A Level, with a variety of new courses on offer such as Government and Politics, Sociology, Health & Social Care and Psychology. A large number of Sixth Form students move on to University and Higher Education, whilst some choose to enter the world of work. Our Sixth Form and GCSE progression routes can be viewed on our website.

Homework is set from day one and is recorded in a student diary, and presented on line though ShowMyHomework which can be accessed from the school iPad.  Further information is available on the Student Information Guide on their iPad.  Students will receive a homework timetable iBook via their iPads providing guidance and links to support their organisation.

Homework club operates in the Learning Resource Centre on Monday - Thursday evenings from 3.10pm - 4.30pm and is supervised. Students may use computers and technology to help with homework completion.

If you would like further information on the curriculum at Blenheim, please contact Mr. G. Adams, Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Curriculum Planning.

Parents may find the link on the App below a useful tool to learn more about the National Curriculum.

Download the National Curriculum App

 

The new GCSE grading system explained

The  Department for Education is launching a campaign to promote and communicate the changes to GCSEs.

Watch a video to help explain the new grading

Personal Learning Checklists (PLCs)

We have developed and published subject specific Personal Learning Checklists (PLCs) for the new 1-9 graded GCSEs which can be downloaded below.

These PLCs breakdown the content of the GCSEs that your son/daughter is studying into their individual themes/topics/units/modules.

These materials offer parents an overview of the content being delivered in each subject each term. More importantly, these PLCs will provide our students with a checklist to review their progress and aid revision planning.

For each subject there will be a PLC for each unit/terms work, therefore, please check here for new PLC resources as the year progresses.

Downloads

Personal Learning Checklists  
Art PLC YEAR 10 2016.pdf Download
Art PLC YEAR 11 2016.pdf Download
Biology GCSE Bioenergetics PLC.pdf Download
Biology GCSE Cell Biology PLC.pdf Download
Biology GCSE Cell Biology PLC1.pdf Download
Biology GCSE Cell Homeostasis and response PLC.pdf Download
Biology GCSE Cell Homeostasis and response PLC1.pdf Download
Biology GCSE Ecology PLC.pdf Download
Biology GCSE Infection and Response PLC.pdf Download
Biology GCSE Inheritance variation and evolution PLC.pdf Download
Biology GCSE Organisation PLC.pdf Download
Business GCSE Aims Objectives.pdf Download
Business GCSE Business Planning.pdf Download
Business GCSE Finance.pdf Download
Business GCSE Key Topic Checklist.pdf Download
Business GCSE Legal Structure.pdf Download
Business GCSE Marketing.pdf Download
Business GCSE People in Businesses.pdf Download
Business GCSE Starting a Business.pdf Download
Chemistry GCSE Atomic structure and the periodic table PLC.pdf Download
Chemistry GCSE Bonding structure and the properties of matter PLC.pdf Download
Chemistry GCSE Chemical analysis PLC.pdf Download
Chemistry GCSE Chemical changes PLC.pdf Download
Chemistry GCSE Chemistry of the atmosphere PLC.pdf Download
Chemistry GCSE Energy changes PLC.pdf Download
Chemistry GCSE Organic chemistry PLC.pdf Download
Chemistry GCSE Quantitative chemistry PLC.pdf Download
Chemistry GCSE The rate and extent of chemical change PLC.pdf Download
Chemistry GCSE Using resources PLC.pdf Download
Child Development PLC 10.pdf Download
Child Development PLC GCSE course.pdf Download
Computer PLC Problem Solving Unit.pdf Download
Drama GCSE PLC 2017.pdf Download
English Language GCSE AQA 2016 PLC.pdf Download
English Literature GCSE AQA 2016 PLC.pdf Download
Fashion and Textiles NCFE New Spec 2017.pdf Download
Food and Cooking NFCE PLC.pdf Download
Food Technology GCSE Food preparation and nutrition PLC.pdf Download
Foundation.pdf Download
French GCSE Yr 10 Autumn Term PLC.pdf Download
Geography GCSE Climate Change PLC.pdf Download
Geography GCSE Coast PLC.pdf Download
Geography GCSE Ecosystem and Rainforest PLC.pdf Download
Geography GCSE Hot Desert PLC.pdf Download
Geography GCSE Tectonic Hazards PLC.pdf Download
Geography GCSE Tropical Storms PLC.pdf Download
Graphics GCSE UNIT 1 PLC.pdf Download
Graphics GCSE UNIT 2 PLC.pdf Download
HIgher.pdf Download
History PLC Elizabethan England.pdf Download
History PLC Weimar Nazi Germany.pdf Download
ICT PLC template for GCSE courses.pdf Download
LeisureTourism PLC.pdf Download
PE Dance GCSE Choreography.pdf Download
PE Dance GCSE Performance.pdf Download
PE Dance GCSE Practical Choreography.pdf Download
PE Dance GCSE Professional Work.pdf Download
PE Dance GCSE Solo Performance.pdf Download
PE Dance GCSE Trio Performance.pdf Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 1 Applied Anatomy Physiology.pdf Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 2 Movement Analysis.pdf Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 3 Physical Training.pdf Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 4 Use of Data.pdf Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 1 Health fitness and well being.pdf Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 2 Sport Psychology.pdf Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 3 SocioCultural influences.pdf Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 4 Use of Data.pdf Download
Physics Core PLC.pdf Download
Physics Energy PLC.pdf Download
Physics Forces PLC.pdf Download
Physics GCSE Atomic structure PLC.pdf Download
Physics GCSE Electricity PLC.pdf Download
Physics GCSE Energy PLC.pdf Download
Physics GCSE Forces PLC.pdf Download
Physics GCSE Magnetism and electromagnetism PLC.pdf Download
Physics GCSE Particle model of matter PLC.pdf Download
Physics GCSE Waves PLC.pdf Download
Physics Radioactivity PLC.pdf Download
River Landscape PLC.pdf Download
RPE Component 1 GCSE PLC.pdf Download
RPE Component 2 GCSE PLC.pdf Download
RPE Component 3 GCSE PLC.pdf Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 1 Studying Society 1.pdf Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 2 Studying Society 2.pdf Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 3 Families.pdf Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 4 Education.pdf Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 5 Crime and Deviance.pdf Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 6 Mass Media.pdf Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 7 Social Inequality.pdf Download
Spanish GCSE Yr 10 Autumn Term PLC.pdf Download
Textiles GCSE Materials and components PLC.pdf Download