Overview

The curriculum refers to the total learning experience which students have during their time at this school. Teaching and Learning is a key focus and students are taught with commitment and enthusiasm. The professional expertise of staff combined with high quality pastoral care combines to create an outstanding learning experience across the key stages. The school has high expectations of both the students and the standard of teaching and learning across the curriculum.

In the curriculum offer the school aims to:

  • Create a learning environment which fosters curiosity and enthusiasm;
  • Create a learning environment where pupils feel secure, confident and can realise their potential;
  • Encourage the development of high levels of spiritual and moral values related to self-discipline, responsibility and respect; 
  • Promote independent thinking and a desire for life-long learning;
  • Ensure that students develop the essential literacy, numeracy and communication skills necessary for the modern world; 
  • Encourage and facilitate the development of a variety of skills through extra-curricular activity.

KSHSSA is committed to providing a rigorous academic and intellectual education which will challenge and engage pupils and meet the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. The aim is to provide all students with a secure foundation on which to continue into Higher Education and into careers of their choice.

A broad, well balanced curriculum is vital preparation for the future. All pupils will therefore study the following subjects:

  • English Language and English Literature;
  • Mathematics;
  • Science;
  • A Language Subject – French or German;
  • A Humanities Subject – History or Geography.

Also PE (Physical Education) and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) which will include aspects of careers guidance, will be taught to all Key Stage 4 students. They will also study Religious Education which can, if they wish, lead towards a qualification at GCSE level.

Equal Opportunities

Entry to all programmes of study is based on academic suitability and appropriateness, regardless of sex (for post 16 only), race, disability, religion or belief.

Disabilities: In accordance with statutory requirements the school aims to make the curriculum accessible to all students as far as is reasonably practicable. The school has an Accessibility Plan which is available to parents on request.

Differentiation

A variety of differing teaching and learning methods and materials are used in all courses to suit students’ different needs.

Organisation of the Curriculum at KSHSSA

Our taught curriculum is delivered through a two week timetable to ensure diversity and flexibility. Each day is divided up into five taught periods. In addition to the scheduled lessons there is a twenty minute Tutor registration period in the morning. The tutorial time allows for the delivery of assemblies or tutor based topics:

  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (including sex and relationships education).
  • Careers guidance and enterprise education.

School Day

08.35 Start of day for staff: Staff Briefing (Tues/Thurs)
08.45 Registration/Assembly/Form Tutor Time
09.05 Movement Time
09.10 Period 1
10.10 Movement Time
10.15 Period 2
11.15 Break
11.35 Period 3
12.35 Lunch
13.30 Movement Bell
13.35 Period 4
14.35 Movement Time
14.40 Period 5
15.40 End of School Teaching Day