Wade Deacon High School

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Curriculum

  • “Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get.” Michael Phelps
  • “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” BB King
  • “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison
  • “Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.” James Dewar
  • “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” C. S. Lewis
  • “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” Sydney J. Harris
  • “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
  • “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” Phil Collins

Opportunities for All

At Wade Deacon we have a true ‘commitment to excellence’ and a clear focus on ensuring that every child either achieves or exceeds their potential. We pride ourselves on the provision of personalised learning, Therefore, we provide a variety of curriculum pathways to suit abilities, talents and needs, wherever and whenever possible.

 

From Y7 to Y11, every child’s achievement is continually assessed and at the end of each phase of assessments, their progress and attainment is evaluated and reviewed with report being sent to parents and carers. Every child is different. Therefore, to provide a flexible personalised curriculum, every child will begin their GCSE courses in Year 9. Some pupils will take their GCSE subjects over 3 years, others may be fast tracked over two years and extend their learning in Y11 through the offer of a variety of other options to prepare them for Further Education. Some pupils will have a combination of both depending on their specific talents, gifts, abilities and needs.

 

 

 

The Foundation Stage:

Foundation Stage is a very challenging yet enjoyable phase our pupils’ school career.  Your child will be prepared, academically and socially during this time to enable them to achieve their potential in their GCSE years and beyond. We will build on the skills of literacy, numeracy, interpretation, deduction, analysis and evaluation to create learners who are independent and can approach their studies with sophistication, creativity and originality.

 

The recent introduction of linear GCSE examinations means that the progress and attainment in Years 7 and 8 are fundamental to the achievement at Year 11. Subject Leaders and class teachers provide a challenging, thought provoking curriculum in every subject that prepares the pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills of how to learn and also the skills which are needed for the future.

 

Pre-transfer liaison with primary school teachers, which includes careful discussion about all pupils, are conducted by Mr Woan (Assistant Vice Principal) and the Year 7 Progress Leader.  This dialogue assists with the early identification of individual needs of pupils in order to maintain their academic momentum.  As a result, Wade Deacon staff are familiar with the attainment, potential and previous areas of study of primary pupils prior to the beginning of Year 7 and as a result this is helping our pupils to get off to a flying start in secondary school.

 

At Wade Deacon, we use Fischer Family Trust calculation and our own target setting methodology that sets accurate and challenging Minimum Expected Grades (MEG).  As always, we hope to ensure that not only do pupils achieve their MEG but they achieve much more.  Additional challenge will always be added should a student hit their target, to ensure further challenge for the next academic year.

 

Year 7 pupils follow a provisional timetable for the first month of the academic year.  Pupils are placed in appropriate sets to their ability based upon the data collected during the Primary Transition and following the issue of Key Stage 2 SATs results.  During September, Year 7 pupils sit Cognitive Abilities Tests (CAT) which is a number of tests that assesses a student's reasoning (thinking) abilities and predicts likely academic attainment.

 

Following the issue of the CAT results and internal target setting and data from Fischer Family Trust in mid-September, we re-align our pupils accordingly.  The realignment comes as a result of enhanced data and places the pupils according to their MEG.

 

There are two curriculum pathways that run from Y7 to Y11: the Success Pathway and the Baccalaureate Pathway.

 

 

 

Baccalaureate Pathway:

The English Baccalaureate is a highly academic qualification designed by the Government. Pupils in this pathway, in the Foundation Stage, study the following subjects:

English Mathematics
Science
History
Geography French
Physical Education Art Design & Technology
Computing Drama Music
SMSC Curriculum* Religious Education** Careers

* The SMSC curriculum incorporates Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and also citizenship and enterprise and religious education.

 

**Religious Education is a subject on its own.

 

If your child is keen and enthusiastic about music and would like to learn to play a musical instrument, then the school will offer this provision which will be timetabled during the school day or during Period 6 after school. If this option is chosen, please be aware that the school would appreciate your support in ensuring that 100% of the peripatetic lessons are attended and that your child will be expected to perform, with others, at a variety of school events.

 

Ofsted (March 2011) said:

“At Key Stage 4, students follow a range of pathways, including vocational courses, which are very well tailored to their needs and aspirations.”

 

 

Baccalaureate Pathway KS4: Years 9, 10 and 11.

 

To achieve the English Baccalaureate qualification, a learner must attain grades A*-C or Grades 5 to 9 (English and Maths only) in the following GCSE subjects:

 

 

English Language Mathematics Science
History or Geography A Modern Foreign Language  

Other compulsory courses are:

Physical Education SMSC Curriculum

Science:

 

Those pupils who achieve highly in Science are given the opportunity to study separate Sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry GCSEs) from Year 9. This is reviewed at the end of Year 9 to ensure that all pupils are on the most appropriate course to enable them to achieve their potential. All pupils will study a Science course that will allow them to attain at least 2 GCSEs in this subject.

 

Physical Education:

 

All pupils will take a qualification in Physical Education and this will be personalised to maximise your child’s strengths in this area. This might include GCSE PE, BTEC Dance or OCR Sports Science.

 

Options:

Pupils will be able to choose one option from a variety of courses* such as:

 

 

Art Business Studies Computer Science Drama Design Technology
Food Technology/ Hospitality Geography History Music Spanish
Statistics

*Course options may change owing to new developments in qualifications and courses over time.

 

Ofsted (March 2011) said:

 

“Wade Deacon High School provides an outstanding education for its students and lives up to its aim of being “committed to excellence”

in all aspects of its work. Students’ attainment is high and their achievement is outstanding, not only in academic terms, but also in the

way they develop into mature, well rounded young people who work hard and enjoy all that school has to offer them.”

 

Creative Pathway:

 

Every child in the Creative Pathway receives additional lessons in the core subjects of English, maths and science to support the necessary literacy and numeracy skills for life.

 

Creative Pathway KS4: Y9, Y10 & Y11.

 

Pupils in the Creative Pathway will follow a varied and personalised curriculum that enables them to achieve and make progress in a range of areas based on their talents, gifts, abilities and needs. This will include additional literacy and numeracy support instead of following a Modern Foreign Language. As a minimum, pupils will study the following courses*:

 

 

Compulsory Courses
English Language & English Literature Mathematics Science (Core Science & Additional Science) Physical Education History or Geography
Option Pool: pupils select two from:
Art Design Studies Drama History
Geography Food Technology Music Creative iMedia
Compulsory Non-Exam Courses
SMSC Curriculum Careers

*the selection of courses may change owing to new developments in qualifications over time.

 

Ofsted (March 2011) said:

 

“The outstanding curriculum is exceptionally well matched to students’ needs from the moment they join the school in Year 7. Excellent transition arrangements mean that the school has ample information about students’ learning so additional support is provided immediately in literacy and numeracy for those who need it.”

 

 

Success Pathway:

 

Every child in the Success Pathway receives personalised and small group learning to ensure that they have the necessary literacy and numeracy skills for life. In Y7 and Y8, they will study many of their subjects together in a caring, learning environment where they feel safe and confident enough to participate. The aim is to ensure that by Year 9, pupils can access the GCSE curriculum and achieve success.

 

If your child is in the Success Pathway in Y7 and Y8, then they will study all the subjects below, except that of French, History, Geography and R.E. These subjects will be built into a thematic scheme of work that focuses on literacy and numeracy skills.

 

 

 

In Success Pathway: Years 7 & 8, your child will study:

English & Drama Mathematics Science
Humanities & MFL (themed approach) Design Technology Computing
Physical Education Art Drama
Religious Education SMSC Curriculum  

Success Pathway KS4: Y9, Y10 & Y11.

 

Pupils in the Success Pathway will follow a very varied and personalised curriculum that enables them to achieve and make progress in a range of areas based on their talents, gifts, abilities and needs. In addition, they will take a variety of other qualifications that are built around life skills. They may undertake college course to suit their individual need. As a minimum, pupils will study the following courses*

Compulsory Courses
English Language & English Literature Mathematics Science (Core & Additional) Physical Education
Option Pool: pupils select two from:
Art Design Studies Drama Food Technology
Music Creative iMedia
Compulsory Non-Exam Courses
SMSC Curriculum Life Skills Course Careers

*the selection of courses may change owing to new developments in qualifications over time.

 

Ofsted (March 2011) said:

 

“The outstanding curriculum is exceptionally well matched to students’ needs from the moment they join the school in Year 7. Excellent transition arrangements mean that the school has ample information about students’ learning so additional support is provided immediately in literacy and numeracy for those who need it.”

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