Curriculum

Curriculum Aims

To create:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in their learning so that we can deliver our mission and aims.

Strategic Intent

To develop a curriculum which:

  • Creates an aspirational high achievement culture.
  • Takes into account individual needs.
  • Allows everyone to experience success.
  • Raises standards of attainment.

Curriculum Principles

  • Clear progress over 7 years accelerating student progress.
  • There should breadth to ensure students have a wide experience.
  • Additional time is given to English and Mathematics to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
  • Targeted support and additional challenge to ensure all students make at least national rates of progress.
  • Ensure all students’ progress is in line with, or exceed, national expectations.
  • Deep Learning Days to address aspects of PSHCCE, SMSC and aspirations.
  • To support induction into secondary school for all Year 7 students
  • To support transition between KS3 to KS4 and KS4- KS5 and beyond.
  • Additional time will be offered for sports, arts, catch-up and master classes through an extended schools programme.

The Curriculum

We have a very broad KS3 Curriculum covering 14 subjects meeting all the national curriculum requirements. This is taught in 25 hours of contact time each week.

Year 7, 8 and 9

The curriculum includes:

For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal to enable them to rapidly catch up.

Deep Learning Days, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, take place during the year.  These days allow students to learn in different ways such as off site, with external providers and a range of students. These days cover subjects such as Staying Safe, British Values, Study Skills, Pathways and Work-ready Skills.

An additional after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, music (including variety of instruments and choir), drama (including) Technology Club, Art activities and Community Programmes. There is daily support for homework in the Inclusion Base and free to use computer pods.

Year 10-11

  • Physical Education – No external examination
  • RESPECT – Covers Religious Studies, PSHE, Citizenship, Study Skills and Character Development

Optional Subjects (at least two of the following):

Alternative Pathways to GCSE

We offer a range of pathways to GCSE to meet the specific learning needs of our students but to enable them all to be highly employable:

Pathway 1 – Students who will complete triple science, MFL and Humanities (approx 10%)

Pathway 2 – Students who will complete double science, MFL and Humanities (approx 30%)

Note: Both these two pathways enable Ebacc achievement, hence in 2016 13.6% achieved Ebacc success, passing all the Ebacc subjects with at least a C grade and in 2017 13.7% achieved all Ebacc subjects with at least a 4/C grade.

Pathway 3 – Students who will complete double science and humanities (approx. 50%)

Pathway 4 – Double Science, Additional English, and no humanities (approx. 10%)

Note: The fourth pathway supports our students who may need additional time to secure their progress in English to enable them to become highly employable and progress to a Level 3 course.

Additional GCSEs, Equivalents and other Recognized Qualifications

Outside regular curriculum time students have opportunities to obtain accreditation for in music, Duke of Edinburgh Award and via Combined Cadets

Enrichment

An additional after school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities; music (including orchestra and choir); Drama; additional languages and STEAM. There is daily support for homework in both Inclusion Base in the computing pods. Extra Study Support is also in place especially for KS4 and KS5 depending on the individual’s learning needs.

Year 9-11 Deep Learning Days

Deep Learning Days, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, take place during the year.  These days allow students to learn in different ways such as off site, with external providers and a range of students.  These days cover Staying Safe, British Values, Study Skills, Pathways and work ready skills.

See Appendix 1 for detail of PSHE programme and Appendix 2 for CEIAG programme

Year 12-13

We have a small school 6th Form where we ensure we enable our young people to be able to enter the next stage of their learning journey be it at university or an advanced level apprenticeship. 

Course Offer

Students can select from an ‘A’ level or BTEC Pathway, a decision for which they receive extensive guidance from the Senior Leader for 6th Form. 

Student's receive weekly feedback from their teachers and are expected to complete examination questions on a regular basis.  Outside of the taught lessons students follow the 5:3:2 model. 5 hours contact time per A-Level subject, 3 hours of independent learning in school for each A-Level studied and 2 hours of homework for every A-Level subject. 

A’ levels offered (*some in conjunction with other Liverpool 6th Form centres):

Vocational (BTEC) subjects offered:

Vocational subjects are offered in Business, IT, Music Technology, Health and Social Care and the EPQ prepare our students fully for careers or university courses in these fields.  Students are expected to complete work to a strict deadline following the BTEC specification.  Outside of taught lessons students follow the 5:3:2 model of 3 hours of independent learning in school and 2 hours of homework for every 5 hours of contact time.

Weekly Tutorial and 1 to 1 Programme

Students have a one-hour group tutorial per week covering PSCHE topics and preparation for the next stages in their learning journey. They have a 1-to-1 with AhoY every other week to review their targets set by their class teachers in their academic work.

Enrichment Activities

Enrichment is a compulsory element of our sixth form programme and takes 2 hours each week. Students choose from a wide range of activities. These include not only sport, music and drama, but also activities aimed at developing team-working and leadership skills.

Work experience is also central to this programme.  All students undertake a range of bespoke work experience opportunities to prepare them for their post-18 choices.

Additional specialist support is also provided.  The UCAS programme provides the opportunity to visit universities and meet university admissions tutors from a range of institutions. Frequent visits from speakers across a range of professions and backgrounds are also part of this programme. The EPQ Project provides students with one-to-one tutoring in their A level subjects, workshops aimed at developing interpersonal skills and extensive support with the university application process and additional trips to universities.

Deep Learning Days

Deep Learning Days, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, take place during the year.  These days allow students to learn in different ways in different groupings:  some sessions are provided by external providers, some sessions take place off-site.  These days cover subjects such as Staying Safe, British Values, Study Skills, Pathways and Work-ready Skills.

See Appendix 1 for detail of PSHE programme and Appendix 2 for CEIAG programme

For further information on the subjects in our curriculum, please click here: https://www.gateacre.org/academic/subjects/

Appendix 1: Year 7-13 PSHE Programme

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Appendix 2 CEIAG programme

CEIAG at Gateacre

Gateacre is committed to achieving the national standards for Careers Education and has been accredited with the Careers Connect Quality Award forexcellence in CEIAG which holds the Quality in Careers Standard.

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