Introduction

The Polesworth school is committed to providing for all of its young people a broad, balanced and personalised education.  At Key Stage Three, Years 7-9, the emphasis is upon providing students with a varied diet of studies across a wide range of subjects.  Personalisation is achieved through high quality teaching.  Further, corrective literacy and numeracy schemes and 1 to 1 tuition are used to support the literacy and numeracy of those students who need this. Small-group Latin tuition is offered to those who are most able in English and other languages.

At age 14, students are given the opportunity to choose some of their courses for Years 10 and 11, in order to pursue particular interests or strengths. At this Options stage, students choose freely from the subjects on offer, rather than having to follow a specific pathway.  By providing an extended core of studies and allowing a free choice of options, The Polesworth School aims to allow students to follow a curriculum which is balanced, stimulating and of interest to them.  GCSE Astronomy is offered as a curriculum enhancement subject in after-school sessions.

This gradual specialization continues into our Sixth Form, where students have a free rein to choose combinations from, currently, twenty-seven subjects.

Curriculum Organisation

Our timetable is organized into fifty one-hour lessons per fortnight.  In addition, there is a daily tutorial lesson of twenty five minutes.

Content: Years 7-9

All students in Years 7-9 study a core of 13 subjects. In English, English Literature, Science, French, German and Religious Studies, students begin work on GCSE courses at points during Year 9 as appropriate to the particular subject.  The breakdown in terms of curriculum time is as follows:

Year 7 lessons

Year 8 lessons

Year 9 lessons

English 7 7 6
Mathematics 7 6 6
Science 7 6 6
Technology 4 5 4
Computing 1 2 1
Language(s) 4 4 4
Religious Studies 2 2 4
History 4 4 4
Geography 4 4 4
Drama 1 1 1
Music 2 2 2
Art 2 3 3
Physical Education 5 4 5

 

A number of students are withdrawn from language lessons in order to follow a course of Curriculum Support from the beginning of Year 9.  These students follow a curriculum of literacy, numeracy, employability and life skills through Years 9-11, in place of a language.

Content: Years 10 and 11

In Years 10 -11 all students study a core of subjects which provide our young people with a broad and balanced diet. This core comprises English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, Physical Education and Geography or History.  Those students who, in the view of the school are capable of completing the language course successfully, continue with the language they have studied in Years 7 – 9.  All other students devote this time to further work in English, Mathematics and Science.Students are  able to pursue two further courses of their choice which allows for a degree of specialisation according to students’ interests and aptitudes. The breakdown in terms of curriculum time is as follows:

THE CORE:

Year 10 lessons

Year 11 lessons

English Language and English Literature GCSEs 8 8
Mathematics: GCSE (plus Statistics GCSE for the most able) 8 8
Science: GCSEs (Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Double Science) 9 11
Language: GCSE or Curriculum Support 4 5
Religious Studies: GCSE 3 3
Physical Education 3 3
History OR Geography 5 4

OPTION SUBJECTS (TWO FROM):

Year 10 lessons

Year 11 lessons

Art – Fine Art: GCSE

Art – Time Based Media: GCSE

Business Studies: GCSE or BTEC Level 2

Child Development: Cambridge National

Classical Civilisation: GCSE

Drama: GCSE

Geography: GCSE

History: GCSE

ICT: Cambridge National

Languages: GCSE

Music: RSL Level 2

Physical Education: GCSE

Sociology: GCSE

Technology – Food and Nutrition: GCSE

Technology – Design & Technology: GCSE

Technology – Materials Technology:  AQA Technical Award

Technology – Fashion & Textiles:  AQA Technical Award

Travel and Tourism: BTEC Level 2

5 each 4 each

Content: Years 12 and 13 (The Sixth Form)

Sixth Form students at The Polesworth School follow a curriculum of four courses of their choice. The intention is that the courses are pursued to full A Level/BTEC/RSL Level 3, although individual circumstances are considered.  Each course is allocated ten lessons per fortnight, including one lesson of directed independent study. The options currently offered to students are:

Art (A Level)

Biology (A Level)

Business Studies (A Level)

Chemistry (A Level)

Design and Technology (A Level)

Economics (A Level)

English Literature (A Level)

French (A Level)

Geography (A Level)

General Studies (A Level)

German (A Level)

Government and Politics (A Level)

History (A Level)

Home Economics (A Level)

Information Technology (A Level)

Mathematics (A Level)

Media Studies (A Level)

Music (BTEC Level 3)

Philosophy and Ethics (A Level)

Physical Education (A Level)

Physics (A Level)

Psychology (A Level)

Sociology (A Level)

Textiles (A Level)

Theatre Studies (A Level)

Travel and Tourism (BTEC Level 3)

World Development (A Level)*

*No longer available from 2017.

The Tutorial Programme

All students at The Polesworth School attend a twenty-five minute tutorial session four times a week.  This session, delivered in mixed-age tutor groups, contains aspects of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education, Citizenship, Literacy, Numeracy, Economic Awareness, Health Education, Internationalism and Careers.

In addition, three topic-specific timetabled days support this work.

All students from Year 7 to Year 13 follow a course of Careers Education which involves, among other things: two weeks work experience in Year 10; attendance at careers fairs at school and beyond; outside speakers and one-to one interviews with our qualified Careers Adviser.

For more information on any subject, please contact the relevant Head of Department at school.  For information regarding any 6th Form curriculum issues, contact Mrs Munn, the Director of Post-16 Studies.  For general curriculum information, contact Mr Boulstridge, Deputy Headteacher.