Key Stage 3
Students study English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Drama, Music, Art, Graphic Design, Digital Technology and PE. In addition they choose to study two Modern Foreign Languages from a choice of three.
Where appropriate, instruction is enquiry based and geared towards problem solving. Each subject is taught by a specialist in that subject.
The opportunities for independent learning increase throughout Key Stage 3. Pupils are encouraged to assess their own work and to learn to formulate their own next learning steps. Pupils are encouraged to think critically and take risks in the classroom in order to develop problem-solving skills, for we believe that making mistakes is a vital part of the learning process.
Project work is an essential component both individually and in groups. There is also a range of opportunities for pupils to pursue their areas of interest in greater depth both in school and through relevant enrichment experiences beyond the classroom.
All pupils in Key Stage 3 participate in our Confident Speakers Programme, and will speak publicly at least once per year: this could be an assembly, a presentation to school visitors, or at a Parents' Forum.
Learning is supported by up-to-date technology. Every pupil is provided with a MacBook and Internet access is available throughout the school campus. Lessons incorporate technology where appropriate, and rely on more traditional media where technology does not provide a clear benefit.