We believe that the curriculum at our school should be:
We want our students to have experiences and opportunities that they enjoy, are life-affirming, relevant and useful. JKHS students should leave us well prepared for further study or employment in the 21st Century Global marketplace. British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, underpin our curriculum, teaching and community.
As an Academy, we do not have to follow the National Curriculum in Years 7 to 9 but we have chosen to base our provision largely on it. Students study the core subjects of English & Maths for three hours per week in Years 7 to 9. They have three and a half hours of Science, increasing to four and a half in Year 9 as the GCSE course begins. GCSE Maths also begins in Year 9. In addition students in Years 7 to 9 study;
- Modern Foreign Languages. Most study two languages from Year 8, onwards having had a “taste” of French, German and Spanish in Year 7. Students specialise in one language in Year 9.
At Key Stage 4, students follow a core provision of:
- English (Language and Literature)
- Science (includes teaching from specialists in Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
At both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 we set students on ability in the core (English, Maths, Science) so that learning can be effectively tailored. This setting is flexible and reviewed regularly to ensure that students are most appropriately placed. They are also able to opt for a wide variety of Option subjects at GCSE or BTEC. We provide full access to the English Baccaluareate subjects and strongly encourage students to consider this route. One Ebacc element is mandatory. We believe in raising aspiration and opportunity via a challenging academic provision. Our 2018 Option booklet can be downloaded from here. All GCSE subjects at JKHS are now the reformed courses. Students will receive grades under the new 9-1 grading system. The curriculum at KS4 remains broad, balanced and ready to meet the needs of our students and fulfill the requirements of the new Progress-8 and Attainment-8 accountability measures. Amongst the examination subjects on offer are:
- French, German, Spanish
- Technology – choose from: Product Design (Metal or Wood focus), Graphics, Food, Textiles or Construction
- Computer Science and ICT
- Business Studies
- Music (GCSE) as well as BTEC Music Technology
- Art and 3D Art
- Physical Education GCSE
- RE (full course GCSE)
Our curriculum caters for individual needs at all levels. Some students benefit from additional English and Maths support. The more able can, for example, take two languages, or two technology subjects. We are proud of our flexibility.
At Key Stage 5, we offer over 20 Advanced Level courses, including all of the Facilitating Subjects (Maths, Further Maths, English Literature, History, Geography, Modern Languages, Biology, Chemistry and Physics). We also offer (subject to demand):
- Computer Science
- English Language
- Ethics and Philosophy
- Music Technology
- Drama & Theatre Studies
- Product Design
- Physical Education
- Art and 3D Art
- Business Studies
Our curriculum at KS3 prepares students for study in Years 10 & 11 and our KS4 provision opens doors for students into the Sixth Form, Colleges or employment with training. All years have time built in to work with their Tutor. They follow a full programme of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education via Tutors, assemblies, subjects and via visitors and “one-off” events. We also have an independent careers advisor who works with students. Our Careers policy can be viewed here. This rich provision allows students to follow their interests, pursue areas via deep learning if they wish or develop a broad portfolio of skills. Enrichment activities are a key part of our curriculum, to help develop the “whole person”. We do this via concerts, music events, talent shows, opportunities to travel all over the world, exhibitions of art, technology and other work both here at school and in the community, and a fantastic provision of sports teams and fixtures. We believe we prepare the adults of tomorrow for the world of work and for life beyond the formal classroom.