Our curriculum is designed to support social mobility and academic growth, by providing opportunities to learn both subject content and broader skills, in order to thrive and have the best possible life chances. Our aim is to provide challenges and successes for all, by offering differentiated and diverse opportunities, in and out of the classroom. Our subject content will be interwoven with skills and values, enabling learners to develop into resilient, self-regulating and tolerant adults, who understand and can play a valuable part in society. We will promote a love of learning and thirst for knowledge by ensuring that our subject curricula remain relevant and engaging and subject specialists will draw on links to careers and applications of knowledge wherever possible. Our SPIRIT (PSHE) curriculum will support the pastoral work of the school and together these curricula and extra curricula opportunities will show learners the the importance of laws and boundaries, demonstrating integrity, and teach our young people to value emotional and physical health, leading safe and active lives where their participation is valued.
For all young people we will endeavor to teach the knowledge required to:
- Interpret historical events and value the impact that these have had on modern day lives.
- Demonstrate tolerance, understanding that people have different beliefs and respecting cultural differences.
- Be numerate and able to competently work with money.
- Be literate and read widely.
- Have an appreciation of the arts and be able to communicate in different ways.
- Be IT literate.
- Be able to give scientific explanations for everyday occurrences, and to use ‘science’ rather than ‘magic’ to explain the unusual.
- Be successful in their core and chosen qualifications.
- Respect and protect the environment.
Our lessons are timetabled within a 50 period fortnight, with slots for SPIRIT learning each week and assemblies at least twice per fortnight. Students enjoy their learning and we see this evidenced in classrooms and during extra-curricular activities. The options process enables students select from a broad range of qualifications for their KS4 and 5 studies. We pride ourselves on offering subjects from the arts, humanities and sciences, alongside a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, RE, SPIRIT and PE.
All subject leaders continuously monitor the programmes of study and their delivery to ensure that these high standards of engagement are maintained.
The SPIRIT values permeate the school and can be seen in SPIRIT lessons, assemblies, extra-curricular activities and The Alsager SPIRIT Newsletter. They are also the basis of the pastoral support and guidance linked to behavior for learning and inspiring young people to give their best efforts.
SPIRIT week is a real highlight of the year, with participation its core theme. Students are encouraged to try new activities and be inspired by the careers, ideas and workshops they experience. In addition to this SPIRIT days target specific values and year groups and offer an opportunity for a different style of learning.
To see how the 50 periods are allocated, please on the relevant document below:
Year 7 and 8 Curriculum 2020/21
Year 9 Curriculum 2020/21
Year 10 Curriculum 2020/21
Year 11 Curriculum 2020/21
To read about each subject’s curriculum content, please click on the relevant year group below:
Please visit: Curriculum Content for Year 7 and Year 8 (KS3) to read about each subject’s curriculum content.
Please visit: Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 to read about each subject’s curriculum content.
To read more about SPIRIT values, please click here.
To read about our “Be Inspired” programmes, please click here.
We evaluate our curriculum annually, to ensure that it is having the desired impact. When doing this we will consider, a range of evidence, including feedback from staff, students, pupils and governors. In addition to this, you can see the impact of our curriculum by exploring the following links:
Our students go on to a range of exciting and aspirational destinations. Click here to learn more about their next steps.
The results of formal qualifications – Click here to see our students’ fabulous examination results.