We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which develops pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding to allow them to fulfil their potential and to adequately prepare them for their next stage in life. This, along with our varied enrichment programme, enables pupils to become caring, confident and responsible young people, demonstrating our core values of ambition, bravery and kindness.
Pupils have 25 hours of learning time where they study:
English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, Religious Education, Physical Education, PSHE, Art, Music, Drama, Dance and Technology.
Following their options choices in Year 8, pupils study their four GCSE and technical qualifications in addition to English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education and Physical Education. Pupils also have a fortnightly PSHE lesson.
Students study for three or four A Levels in our Sixth Form. Many students studying three A Levels choose to complete an additional qualification in Year 12 such as the highly regarded Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or AS Core Maths. Students also complete an interesting and varied enrichment programme during their time in the Sixth Form.
PSHE is delivered through timetabled lessons, and also on three Life Ready Days, which are devoted to the deeper study of aspects of this curriculum and which enables visitors to support the programme.
Whilst we believe that aspects of PSHE are an integral part of school life, the explicit teaching of this curriculum aims to provide pupils with the information and understanding they need to be prepared for their teenage years and for their lives beyond school. At the heart of this curriculum are the school values of ambition, bravery and kindness, which have been selected to provide the core principle and foundation for each area of PSHE:
Living in the Wider World – Ambition
Health and Well-Being – Bravery
Relationships – Kindness
These values, firmly embedded within our PSHE curriculum, aim to support students to develop the knowledge and awareness to be safe, happy and engaged within society. Integral to this is a developing understanding of positive relationships and the celebration of differences both in school and the wider world.
If you have any queries or comments on our curriculum, please contact our deputy headteacher, Gemma Hobbs : s201ghobbsalderbrook.solihull.sch.uk