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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 curriculum 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 flavour, over the last few years students have been able to hear Robert Winston talk about his Science work, Ancient History students have visited Rome, Dance students have worked with the Royal Ballet and Performing Arts students have visited and performed in local theatres.

In 2021 - 2022 we are pleased to re-launch our extracurricular programme following Covid restrictions.  The programme includes a wide range of activities, at least one activity per week in every subject area.  Students can take part in dissection club, learn Latin, design and build F1 racing cars, learn to use a sewing machine, join reading clubs, take part in creative writing groups, join sporting teams or take part in the annual school show.  

The Wombourne High School curriculum has a careers focus.  In addition to careers work in tutor time, PSHE lessons and assemblies, each subject will deliver at least 2 career focused subject lessons per year group per year.

 

For more information on Years 7 – 9 (Key Stage 3) please click the link.

 

For more information on the Sixth Form/Years 12 – 13 (Key Stage 5) please click the link.

 

Years 10 and 11

 

At Key Stage 4 most students study 9 GCSE or equivalent qualifications.  The curriculum is highly academic with the EBacc at its core, with the offer of Triple Science, Computer Science and Ancient History, to cater for the needs of our academically able students.  However, we are a comprehensive school and aim to meet the needs of all ability levels, therefore the vocational is also highly valued, and for most students a mix of subjects is healthy.

 

At Key Stage 4 students’ study:

  • Maths

  • English Literature and English Language

  • Science (Trilogy or Separate Sciences)

  • A Humanities subject (Geography, History or Ancient History)

  • A Language option (French, Spanish, or a vocational choice for some students)

  • 2 Option subjects

 

The Option subjects offered to students in 2021 were:

  • GCSE Business Studies

  • BTEC Business Studies

  • GCSE Computer Science

  • Cambridge National Creative iMedia

  • GCSE Religious Education

  • GCSE PE

  • GCSE Dance

  • BTEC Sport

  • GCSE Triple Science (Separate Sciences)

  • BTEC Health and Social care

  • GCSE Art

  • GCSE Design and Technology

  • BTEC Performing Arts

  • BTEC Music 

  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

 

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 has been remodelled to ensure students have the right foundations to choose either History, Ancient History or Geography at Key Stage 4.

 

Useful Resources

 

2019 Meeting the Challenges of Year 11

 

12 Techniques – The Life Skills Company 2019

 

2019 – Making a Success of Year 11 guide for parents booklet

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Key Stage 4 - Course Content