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 13.

“The curriculum is broad and balanced. Adaptions are made to suit individual needs including off-site provision which is carefully coordinated and monitored. The curriculum is enriched by a wealth of extra-curricular activities, including the forthcoming school production at the Leatherhead Theatre, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, sport, dance, orchestra and choir.”Ofsted 2019

In Year 7 and 8 the core curriculum consists of Maths, English, Sciences, Geography, History, Religious Studies, a Modern Foreign Language, Technology (Food, Resistant Materials or Graphics, Textiles), Drama, Music, Art, Information and Communication Technology, Physical Education and Life Skills and Wellbeing (PSHCE). 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 was 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 an Assistant Head Curriculum and our external Careers Advisor. Our High Achievers programme provides additional subject specific provision to broaden subject knowledge and understanding. This is underpinned in lessons with stretch and challenge tasks within all subject areas.

All subject Heads of Department outline their curriculum intent in their subject pages online, and review subject implementation and curriculum impact every summer term as part of our annual conference (INSET days) in preparation for the next academic year.

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, BTEC Health & Social Care, Psychology and BTEC Travel & Tourism, BTEC Human Biology and BTEC Sport. 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 online, and presented 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.

Download our Parent Guide to GCSEs

Download the National Curriculum App

GCSE Factsheet

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)

These PLCs break down the content of the GCSEs that students are 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 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 Date  
Art PLC YEAR 10.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Art PLC YEAR 11.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Biology GCSE Bioenergetics PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Biology GCSE Cell Biology PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Biology GCSE Cell Biology PLC1.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Biology GCSE Cell Homeostasis and response PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Biology GCSE Cell Homeostasis and response PLC1.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Biology GCSE Ecology PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Biology GCSE Infection and Response PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Biology GCSE Inheritance variation and evolution PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Biology GCSE Organisation PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Chemistry GCSE Atomic structure and the periodic table PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Chemistry GCSE Bonding structure and the properties of matter PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Chemistry GCSE Chemical analysis PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Chemistry GCSE Chemical changes PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Chemistry GCSE Chemistry of the atmosphere PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Chemistry GCSE Energy changes PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Chemistry GCSE Organic chemistry PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Chemistry GCSE Quantitative chemistry PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Chemistry GCSE The rate and extent of chemical change PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Chemistry GCSE Using resources PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Child Development PLC 10.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Child Development PLC GCSE course.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Computer PLC Problem Solving Unit.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Drama GCSE PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
English Language GCSE AQA PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
English Literature GCSE AQA PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Fashion and Textiles NCFE.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Food and Cooking NFCE PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Food Technology GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
French GCSE Yr 10 Autumn Term PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Geography GCSE Climate Change PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Geography GCSE Coast PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Geography GCSE Ecosystem and Rainforest PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Geography GCSE Hot Desert PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Geography GCSE Tectonic Hazards PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Geography GCSE Tropical Storms PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Graphics GCSE UNIT 1 PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Graphics GCSE UNIT 2 PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
History PLC Elizabethan England.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
History PLC Weimar Nazi Germany.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
ICT PLC template for GCSE courses.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Leisure and Tourism PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Maths Foundation Paper PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Maths HIgher Paper PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE Dance GCSE Choreography.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE Dance GCSE Performance.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE Dance GCSE Practical Choreography.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE Dance GCSE Professional Work.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE Dance GCSE Solo Performance.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE Dance GCSE Trio Performance.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 1 Applied Anatomy Physiology.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 2 Movement Analysis.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 3 Physical Training.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 4 Use of Data.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 1 Health fitness and well being.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 2 Sport Psychology.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 3 SocioCultural influences.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 4 Use of Data.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Physics Core PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Physics Energy PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Physics Forces PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Physics GCSE Atomic structure PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Physics GCSE Electricity PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Physics GCSE Energy PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Physics GCSE Forces PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Physics GCSE Magnetism and electromagnetism PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Physics GCSE Particle model of matter PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Physics GCSE Waves PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Physics Radioactivity PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PLC GCSE Business.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PLC GCSE Business.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
PLC GCSE Business.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
River Landscape PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
RPE Component 1 GCSE PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
RPE Component 2 GCSE PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
RPE Component 3 GCSE PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 1 Studying Society 1.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 2 Studying Society 2.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 3 Families.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 4 Education.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 5 Crime and Deviance.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 6 Mass Media.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 7 Social Inequality.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Spanish GCSE Yr 10 Autumn Term PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
Textiles GCSE Materials and components PLC.pdf 01st Jan 2021 Download
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