The curriculum policy at Holy Trinity School relates directly to the School’s Mission Statement.
Pupils are at the heart of the educational process and should be encouraged to participate fully in the life of the school. All pupils regardless of age, gender, ability and background should experience personal fulfilment through the curriculum. Thus our curriculum is guided by the following aims and principles:
The need for breadth and balance
The need for flexibility and choice (particularly at KS4 and 5)
The need for coherence and progression
The need to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve
The need to prepare pupils for the opportunities and the responsibilities of adult life
The recognition that the curriculum must be continuously evolving, forward looking and under constant review
Curriculum design In designing the curriculum the following are taken into account:
The school ethos, values and aims
Curriculum priorities (both statutory and “in house”)
Packaging and labelling of the curriculum
Inclusion and differentiation
1. Our emphasis is on providing a rounded education with excellence as our priority, not only in academic standards, but also in the whole range of curricular and extracurricular work. We aim to provide an extended and enriched curriculum through the timetabled curriculum and a wide range of activities offered outside normal school.
2. At KS3 and 4 most of the curriculum is delivered in separate subject lessons but RE, citizenship, careers, sex education and preparation for the world of work are packaged together in programmes run by specialist and Form teachers.
3. Teachers cater for individual pupils’ interests and capabilities through differentiated activities and targeted support in timetabled lessons and study support.
4. To aid the transition between KS2 and KS3 there is a programme of liaison meetings between KS2 and KS3 teachers. In addition there is a bridging course based on the KS3 programmes of study which begins after the Year 6 tests in May.
5. One way of helping pupils to move onto KS4 is to anticipate the style and content of a range of qualifications in Year 9 lessons. Thus year 9 schemes of work in non core subjects include aspects of GCSE courses, particularly in the second half of the summer term.
Timetabling the curriculum The curriculum at KS3, KS4 and KS5 is based on 30 X 55 minute periods per week.
Please see below documents for curriculum offering in KS3 and KS4.
Below are external links to the examining bodies for more information on the specification of the KS4 courses.