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, 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 mmore ‘traditional’ Baccalaureate curriculum. Within both pathways, students can study technicial qualifications alongside GCSEs.
Considerable advice and guidance is available to students and their parents to allow the most appropriate choice of curriculum to be made. Able students can participate in an accelerated curriculum, starting GCSEs and AS Levels early if this is the most appropriate route for them.
Both challenging academic and technical courses are available in the Sixth Form. A large number of Sixth Form students move on to University and Higher Education, whilst some choose to enter the world of work.
Homework* is set from day one and presented on line by ShowMyHomework which can be accessed from the school iPad. Further information is avalable on the Student Information Guide on their iPad. Students will receive a homework 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 Ap below a useful tool to learn more about the National Curriculum:
The new GCSE grading system explained:
The Department for Education is launching a campaign to promote and communicate the changes to GCSEs.
Please see here for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-gcse-9-to-1-grades-coming-soon - this is a video to help explain the new grading.