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Kingshill offers pupils a broad and balanced curriculum in line with the recommendations of the National Curriculum. Our philosophy is in harmony with the practices encouraged by recent educational reports and avoids pupils having restricted career opportunities whilst encouraging progression into Further Education post 16. The Curriculum is designed to help prepare pupils for line in modern Britain, whilst also providing strong foundations for their next phase in education or training. Heads of Faculty are recognised as experts in their field and are empowered to develop their curriculums. Curriculum planning across the school is characterised by identification of the key knowledge, skills and understanding that pupils need to acquire within each subject; and sequencing of curriculum content that enables learning to build on what pupils have learned before and prepare them for the next stage of learning within that faculty area.
All pupils are taught as mixed ability form groups with the exception of Mathematics, where pupils are placed in sets based on their prior attainment. Every effort is made to ensure that a pupil's form teacher teaches the class for some part of the timetable.
All pupils study:-
|Modern Foreign Languages
|Design and Technology
(Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphics)
|Information Technology (ICT)
|Humanities (History & Geography)
The Learning Support department offers extra help within lessons and a small number of pupils can be withdrawn from MFL lessons for individual help with literacy and numeracy. The PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) course followed by all pupils helps to support their work in other areas by increasing awareness of personal, social economic and physical development.
Years Eight and Nine
Pupils continue to study these subjects in Years 8 and 9. In years 8 and 9 linguists can begin to study German as an additional modern language
Years Ten and Eleven
Whilst maintaining the breadth of curriculum experience, pupils have some choice of study through "Option"choices. The majority of courses lead to examinations at GCSE level.
All pupils study
Science (double certification at GCSE level) – Triple Award is available for more able scientists,
English Language and Literature
Health Related Fitness
Religious Education (GCSE short course)
Work Related Learning.
In addition, pupils choose to study 4 more GCSEs from:
Children's Play, Learning, and Development
Systems and Controls
BTEC in Sport
All pupils have the opportunity to work towards the achievement of a Junior Sports Leader Award.
Pupils with particular strengths are also able to take additional GCSEs through after-school clubs. These courses are under continual development and have previously included Statistics, Further Mathematics, Spanish and Japanese.
Curriculum Complaints Procedure
Under the Education Reform Act 1988, the school must make arrangements to consider parents/carers' complaints about the school's curriculum and related matters. Parents/Carers are requested in the first instance to discuss any complaints or problems relating to the curriculum with the Headteacher to resolve the matter informally. If this fails, there is then a formal appeals procedure available to parents/carers.
The following may be inspected at school and, except for (a) and (b), copies obtained (at cost):
(a) Written statement of any Governor policy for the secular curriculum.
(b) Any DFE documents relating to the National Curriculum.
(c) Any OFSTED reports specifically on the school.
(d) Any current schemes of work in the school (i.e. not the syllabus).
(e) Any syllabus followed by pupils (whether or not for external qualifications).
(f) A copy of the Complaints Procedure.
(g) The agreed syllabus for Religious Education.The C