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 and 8 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. Students will select their KS4 options during this year.
On entering Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) students are offered one of two different curriculum pathways. Many students choose the Open pathway, whilst others choose a more traditional Baccalaureate curriculum. Within both pathways, students can study a variety of technical qualifications alongside the new 9 – 1 graded GCSEs.
Our 3 year KS4 curriculum is a new development for Year 9 in 2018. From September to December (Autumn term) students in Year 9 will follow a KS3 style curriculum, and will use this term to reflect on their option choices, and will have the opportunity to change their KS4 courses. Teaching of the GCSE option courses for all Year 9 students will commence from January of the academic year. The core GCSE subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) will be taught to all students from September providing the students with 8 terms over the 3 years to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of these subject areas.
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, overseen by our PSHCE/Careers Lead and our external Careers Advisor. 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/L3 BTECs with a variety of new courses on offer such as Government and Politics, Sociology, Health & Social Care, Psychology and Travel & Tourism 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 through 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 3.30 - 4.15pm 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 Parent Guide to GCSEs along with the App below useful tools 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.
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.