Curriculum at Wombourne High School
The aim of the curriculum at Wombourne High School is to inspire students, to allow individual students to identify their interests and talents, and to develop these. To develop real interest and passions. To strive for excellence in all its forms, including attainment of qualifications. Through our key values of hard work, positivity and kindness our aim is to develop a ‘can do’ attitude in all of our students, valuing resilience and determination. Our aim is that students enjoy learning.
In addition to learning within the classroom, to spark interest and passion, we aim to provide students with unique educational experiences through trips, speakers and extra-curriculum activities. To give a flavor, triple award Scientists and 6th form students were able to hear Robert Winston talk about his work in Spring 2019, 23 Ancient History students visited Rome in February 2019, Dance students have worked with the Royal Ballet and Performing Arts students are able to visit local theatres at least twice a year and perform Shakespeare each year in a Birmingham theatre (Macbeth at the Old Vic in November 2019).
In 2019 – 2020 there is a whole school focus on increasing careers education through subject areas. Each subject will deliver at least 2 career focused subject lessons per year group per year.
In 2019 – 2020 the school timetable changed from a two-week timetable to a one-week timetable, this provided an opportunity to review the curriculum and make minor changes.
For more information on Years 10-11 (Key Stage 4) please click the link.
For more information on the Sixth Form/Years 12 – 13 (Key Stage 5) please click the link.
Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3)
We aim to provide students with a broad curriculum at Key Stage 3, that is challenging and engaging. Students spend 3 years studying the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum.
Hours per week of curriculum time
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Maths 4 3 4
English 4 4 4
Science 3 4 4
Humanities 3 3 3
MFL 2 2 3
Art 1 1 1
DT 1 1 1
Food Technology 1 1 0.5 (Taught on rotation)
Music 1 1 0.5 (Taught on rotation)
Drama 1 1 Taught through English
PE 2 2 2
Computing 1 1 1
PRE (Philosophy, Religion 1 1 1
C4L (Citizenship and PSHE)
In Year 7 students study both French and Spanish, with a flavor of each language students then decide which language they will study in depth from Year 8. The majority of students study a language to GCSE level, currently 70% of students. However, students that sometimes struggle with literacy are given a choice as to whether they would like to study a Language or whether they would like to take an additional vocational qualification.
In the past students have chosen their Humanities option in Year 8 to allow time for a foundation year in Ancient History. From 2020, the Humanities option will be taken at the same time as the main option process in Year 9. However, the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Humanities is being remodelled to ensure students have the right foundations to choose either History, Ancient History or Geography at Key Stage 4.