Curriculum Statement Wellfield High School

Introduction

Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, focused on maximising student potential and progress that allows all students to flourish and be the best they can become.

On starting at Wellfield High School every student is allocated a Personal Tutor and is placed into a tutor group. Our tutor groups belong to one of four houses; Anglezarke, Pendle, Rivington and Winter Hill. A Progress Leader for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 oversees the personal tutor groups. Each key stage also has a dedicated Personal Behaviour Manager (a non-teacher dedicated to well-being support). Tutors and the Progress Leaders, together with the Assistant Head with responsibility for Progress and Intervention ensure cross subject overview, interrogation and intervention on progress and learning matters for individuals.

Current Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – 9)

In Year 7 and 8 students are taught in mixed attainment groupings for English, Maths, Science, Modern Languages  (Spanish), History, Geography, RE and PE. Another group of subjects is taught on a carousel basis which includes Computing, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Art & Design and Music. These subjects are taught in rotation in slightly smaller groups. In Years 7, 8 and 9 a small number of students work together on an enhanced curriculum for their English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, RE and MFL, focused on developing Literacy and learner confidence.

In Year 9 students are taught in ability sets for English, History, Geography, RE, Spanish and PE. In Maths and Science students are introduced to the GCSE curriculum. In addition to this Year 9 students can choose to streamline their curriculum further with 2 options from Art, Computing, French , Food Preparation and Nutrition and Music as a ‘taster year’ before their final options in Year 10.

Current Key Stage 4

All students study English Language and Literature, Maths, Combined Science and PE leading to GCSE qualifications. Students choose at least 1 GCSE option from Geography, French, History and/or Spanish from the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) suite of subjects and up to 2 further GCSE options from either the EBacc subjects listed above and/or Art, Computing, ICT, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Photography and RE.

All Years

All students in Key Stages 3 and 4 study Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Careers Education (PHSCE) on 5 collapsed curriculum days throughout the year. At Key Stage 4 this includes elements of Religious Education.

We will undertake a Curriculum Review on an annual basis that will take into account Government legislation and the views of students, parents, governors and staff.