Curriculum

BRITISH VALUES STATEMENT

We are passionate about providing opportunities for our students to study, learn from and embody British Values. At Chislehurst School for Girls we believe in increasing the life chances of children by improving their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural skills, in order to fully prepare them for life in modern Britain. The key British values of Individual Liberty, Democracy, Freedom of Speech and Respect for the values and integrity of other faiths, beliefs and genders lies at the very heart of our vision.

Curriculum overview.

An overview of what is offered at each Key Stage is given below. Full details of the exact courses available can be found by clicking on the individual Faculty pages through the main menu (click here)

Key Stage 3

A guide to the Year 7 transition is produced for parents, to help with the smooth transition of learning from Primary to Secondary School. To view click here.

In Years 7 and 8 our Key Stage 3 curriculum complies with the Government's legal requirements for a broad and balanced 'National Curriculum' of Core and Foundation subjects for all students. Students will study English, Mathematics, Science, A Modern Language, Computing, RS, Geography, History, PE, Music, Art, and a Technology carousel of Food Technology, Textiles and Product Design. They will also follow a programme for PSHE

During Year 8 the pupils will engage with discussions with their guidance staff about preferences for study for GCSE.

Key Stage 4

In Years 9, 10 and 11, Key Stage 4, students follow the National Curriculum. All students in Year 9 and 10 will study courses leading to a GCSE or equivalent in English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and RS. In addition they will follow 3 other guided choices from History, Geography, Music, Art, Drama, Sociology, French, Spanish, Media Studies, Child Development.

They will also follow a programme for PSHE

Students in Year 11 do not have a separate RS course but this is embedded into the PSHE programme

Key Stage 5

In our Post 16 provision, students in Year 13 will have chosen up to four AS level subjects in Year 12, with most focusing on three A2 level qualifications in 2015/2016. In addition they will follow a PSHE programme and an enrichment programme to develop them as individuals.

The national changes to the Post 16 assessment framework mean that for this year only students in Year 12 will have chosen up to four AS (I year courses) or new A-level subjects (2 year courses). Students may choose Level 3 BTEc equivalent subjects instead of AS and A levels.

The range of subjects available is reviewed annually and is published in the Post 16 Way Ahead Brochure. To view the current Brochure click here.

Reporting

Changes to the National Curriculum and its assessment procedures mean that we review our planning regularly. New assessment and reporting systems will be used as from 2015 in order to monitor and report on progress of our students. A detailed explanation will be available with each set of reports issued during the year

Achieving our Vision

The purpose of our curriculum is to give every student the opportunity to meet the high expectations of the school. Chislehurst School for Girls’ Vision is to have high expectations for every student and for our school to develop well-rounded individuals who are ready to take their place in society.

Our Vision is achieved through

  • Outstanding/ good teaching and learning.
  • Depth of subject that matches students’ ability at all key stages
  • A range of skills to develop: knowledge and understanding, behaviour for learning, analysis and evaluation, literacy and numeracy. 
  • Challenge for all learners.
  • A Personalised Curriculum such as Grammar streams to maximise students’ potential and KS4 Pathways with extra English and Maths where needed.
  • A broad and balanced curriculum meeting P8,A8 and EBAC parameters to maximise student success. Flexible to meet individual learners needs such as SEN and Most Able .
  • Leadership opportunities in the community for Post 16, KS4 students to have a positive impact on the school community.
  • A flexible and guided approach to year 8 into 9 preferences to maximise progression and inclusive curriculum that will support students to make excellent progress.
  • A menu of extra-curricular activities
  • Learning enhancement inside and outside of the classroom through trips, concerts, enhancement days and performances.
  • Review of T&L strategies to ensure that teaching encompasses: subject matter, SMSC, interactions, self and peer evaluation leading to resilience and learning from your mistakes.
  • Personal, Social and Health Education alongside Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural develops students’ sense of accountability for their own behaviour.
  • The monitoring and tracking of student outcomes with a special focus on English and Maths.
  • A positive behaviour for learning policy that underpins the rewards/ sanctions systems
  • On-going investment in ICT resources to enable students to use IT effectively for learning purposes (IT suites, WIFI and bring your own devise policy for Post 16 students, some IPads used in Humanities, on line searches and dictionaries)

Impact will be seen through: 

  • Engagement of students in lessons
  • Positive attitude to learning
  • Sensible behaviour and respect , good moral values
  • Rewards for achievement around the school
  • Progress of groups of students
  • Students wanting to take on challenge