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  • OFSTED says "Students achieve well across the school."
  • OFSTED says "Teachers' secure knowledge, and often great enthusiasm for their subject, helps students enjoy learning and make improving progress over time."
  • OFSTED says "Attitudes to learning in all areas of the school are very positive."
  • OFSTED says "Students feel very safe and secure in their school."
  • OFSTED says "The overwhelming majority of parents who responded to the Parent View survey would recommend the school to others."
  • OFSTED says "Students achieve well across the school."
  • OFSTED says "Teachers' secure knowledge, and often great enthusiasm for their subject, helps students enjoy learning and make improving progress over time."
  • OFSTED says "Attitudes to learning in all areas of the school are very positive."
  • OFSTED says "Students feel very safe and secure in their school."
  • OFSTED says "The overwhelming majority of parents who responded to the Parent View survey would recommend the school to others."
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Curriculum

Approach

When seeking to define our curriculum offer, it is important to look much further beyond the subjects which are offered in the classroom. These form just a small fraction of our curriculum; it is in fact everything which takes place in our school, from all our extra-curricular clubs, to our drama performances and our Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. The students here at Whitworth have an amazing variety of enrichment opportunities and the skills and values they learn outside of the classroom helps to form the person they grow up to become.

 

School Vision & Curriculum Aims

Our vision is to promote the highest aspirations amongst students: to have dreams for the future and to work towards them in the present . We work to develop resilience, self-belief and self-motivation in all of our students and help them to reach their full academic potential. Additionally, our curriculum aims and intent are to;

promote the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of every student and to develop British  values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

create a safe and secure, disciplined and happy learning environment

Provide a broad and balanced education for all students at WCHS which builds on prior knowledge   and skills

Engage students in learning which is enjoyable, stimulating and relevant  to students now and for the future

Provide a cohesive, progressive curriculum where explicit links between subjects and across key stages are forged

Enable students to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations; and to instil an aspirational mindset

Support students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to enable them to become responsible, respectful members of the local and wider community

Support students’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active

Promote a positive attitude towards learning; pride in their own progress and achievement; and a strong work ethic, through providing a curriculum which offers opportunity to celebrate and share success: valuing attainment, progress and effort equally

Ensure equal access to learning, with high expectations for every student and appropriate levels of challenge and support

Provide subject choices that support students’ learning and progression, and enable them to work towards achieving their goals

Ensure that as many students as possible leave our school equipped with a strong set of Level 2 and GCSE results

Develop students’ independent learning skills and resilience, as well as their communication and numeracy skills, to equip them for post-16 education, further/higher education and employment and to become lifelong learners.

For any curriculum enquiries, please make contact with Mr Watson. Assistant Headteacher, who has responsibility for curriculum matters.

 

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 and Year 8 all students follow courses in English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Spanish, Performing Arts, PE, Religious Studies, Art, Computing, Drama, Technology and Music. All students in KS3 also follow a discrete PSHE course which is completed during a timetabled lesson.

 

Key Stage 4

Students in Key Stage 4 (Years 9,10&11) study a broad and balanced curriculum of up to 11 subjects. All students complete qualifications in English, English Literature, Mathematics, 2 or 3 Sciences, Religious Studies, and a choice of either Geography or History. Students also study a discrete lesson of PSHE and PE.

Students may then choose 2 further Level 2 options from a wide variety of subjects including; Spanish, Technology, Fine Art, Computer Science, Sociology, Health & Social Care, Sport & Fitness, Performing Arts, Drama, Business Studies and Music. 

 

Assessment and Reporting

We have always placed a very strong emphasis on the quality of our assessment and reporting at WCHS. Subject teachers will assess and monitor students both formally and during the natural course of lessons, with the overall aim of improving progress and attainment of students.

Each year group has a set of formal exams at the end of the academic year. Additionally, our Year 11 students will sit 2 sets of mock exams; the first being in November and the second in February.

Our reporting cycle breaks the academic year into four quarters, each lasting approximately nine weeks. This translates into parents receiving 4 academic reports per year. Each report is uploaded to Edulink, where it can be viewed and printed as many times as parents require. Students in Year 11 will therefore be able to see all their reports back to their time when they started at Whitworth in Year 7.  The first progress report is released in November, with subsequent reports in February, April and July. If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s progress, please contact their class teacher, form tutor, Progress Leader or Mr Watson (Assistant Headteacher)

 

To find out more information about any of the subjects, please click on the links below.

Art

Business Studies

Computer Science

Creative I Media

Drama

Design Technology

English

Geography

History

Health and Social Care

Mathematics

Music

Performing Arts

Physical Education

Religious Studies

Science

Sociology & PSHE

Spanish

 

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