Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Attainment and Achievement through Creativity, Collaboration and Character

Curriculum

Vision

We firmly believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. As such, we offer an innovative and knowledge rich curriculum, which we believe enables all students within our academy to fulfil their potential and develop the all-important skills and qualities, which will benefit them in later life.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum runs over Years 9, 10 and 11, rather than the two years (10 and 11) which were traditionally allocated. This additional year is one of the hallmarks of our curriculum as we believe it enables the students to develop a much deeper understanding of their chosen subjects than the traditional two year course allows.

We fully support the entitlement that students have to study the group of qualifications, which the government calls the English Baccalaureate (EBacc): a GCSE grade 5 or higher in one English, mathematics, two sciences, one humanities subject (geography or history) and a modern foreign language.

To allow students to spread the examination load in Key Stage 4, and help them achieve a balance in their studies, non-EBacc subjects (such as Art or Technology) can be studied and taken at the end of Year 10. This early entry option also helps students prepare for the further examinations that they will take at the end of Year 11 and can often be a real turning point in a student's education.

There will be the opportunity to have additional time for English or mathematics, for those who need it. We do this in the full knowledge that further and higher education, as well as many employment opportunities, require students to have attained a good level (GCSE grade 5 or higher) of literacy and numeracy. This will come in the form of 1-1 tuition from fully qualified English and Maths teachers or from support from the Subject Directors of English and Maths that work in schools across the Trust.

Religious Education/SMSC

As part of our commitment to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), students study religious education within the academy's Life programme. In addition to specific content delivered through the Life programme, students also experience SMSC across other curriculum areas. Life lessons also promote students' personal, social, health and citizenship (PSHCE) development and understanding..

British Values

British Values are one of the many themes that we cover with our Life programme.

Personalisation through Setting

As part of our commitment to ensuring that every student has the best possible chance of success, we personalise the learning provision for every student in the core subjects of English, maths and science by placing each student in a teaching group that is appropriate to their ability. There is no limit or glass ceiling placed on any student in the academy and setting is constantly reviewed to ensure all students are in the appropriate set.

Enrichment

Students are provided with opportunities to add depth to their learning and develop personal skills through a rich and varied enrichment programme. This wide ranging programme contributes to students achievement, enjoyment and personal development. The many and varied opportunities encourage students to build upon existing skills whilst encouraging them to develop new ones. Further detailed information on the opportunities available to students can be found in the academy's Enrichment Brochure.

Key Stage 3

During Years 7 and 8, students will study a broad and balanced curriculum which includes English, Maths and Science. Students will also study a range of expressive arts subjects, Geography, History, Religious Education through the Life programme, Computer Science, Technology subjects (Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Material and Textiles), a Modern Foreign Language and Physical Education.

Key Stage 4

Students will start studying GCSE or equivalent courses in Year 9. These will include English (including English Literature), Mathematics and Science (which includes Physics, Chemistry and Biology). Students will also study Physical Education and the Life programme.

During Years 9 to 11, students will study a variety of Guided Pathway courses. These courses will all contribute to the qualifications a student will gain over the course of Key Stage 4. The courses currently being delivered at Key Stage 4 are included in the table below.

Guided Pathways Courses

These are the subjects offered for the Guided Pathways 2018 but may vary from year to year based on student preferences.

History

Spanish

Textiles

Art

Health & Social Care

Geography

Computer Science

Food Technology

Photography

Music

French

Resistant Materials

BTEC PE

Music