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 THE CURRICULUM AT CROMWELL

At Cromwell our goal is to develop in all of our pupils the skills, competencies and knowledge relevant to life in the 21st Century. Pupils begin their secondary education in Key Stage 3 by studying a broad academic curriculum. During Year 9 they choose their GCSE options, allowing them to specialise in Key Stage 4. Many pupils choose to stay on into our Sixth Form, where they continue their learning journey on courses designed to lead to further education and employment. Throughout their time at Cromwell, all pupils have lessons in Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Economics (PSCHE), covering topics such as staying healthy, the world of work, personal finance and sex and relationships.

In Key Stage 3, pupils have fifty lessons over a fortnight, allocated as below.

 

Years 7 & 8

Year 9

English

7

English

6

Maths

7

Maths

6

Science

6

Science

6

French

4

French

3

Technology

4

German

3

PE

4

Technology

4

History

3

PE

4

Geography

3

History

3

Philosophy and Ethics

3

Geography

3

Drama

2

Philosophy and Ethics

3

Computing

2

Drama

2

Art

2

Computing

2

Music

2

Art

2

PSCHE

1

Music

2

 

 

PSCHE

1

At Key Stage 4, all pupils take English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science and Philosophy and Ethics. They also have non-examined lessons in PE to develop healthy bodies and minds. One further hour is designated each week as a Study Skills hour focusing on revision techniques, exam terminology and command words and general study skills to prepare pupils for their upcoming GCSE examinations.

The remainder of their timetable is made up of three GCSE option choices. One choice must be from French, German, Ancient History, History, Geography, Triple Science or Computer Science. The other two choices can be any subject we offer that the pupils wish to study.

Each pupil in Year 9 has an interview with a Senior Leader as part of their options process, in which they will be invited to discuss their choices and the way that they will support the pupil's plans for the future. The options process usually takes several months and we fully invite parents and carers to be a part of this important decision in their child's life.

The ethos of the College is one which values pupils as individuals and encourages them to play a full role in the life of the College. Self-esteem is promoted through our celebration of achievements. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on what they do and question and explore new issues in all areas of our curriculum.

Improving literacy and numeracy skills is fundamental to providing all pupils with the best possible opportunities to become successful at school and outside of school. The development of these skills, especially literacy, is a focus across the curriculum at Cromwell. Pupils are given opportunities to develop all aspects of their literacy (speaking, listening, reading and writing) within lessons and as part of enrichment opportunities.

A part of our policy to personalise the curriculum, in certain subjects and where pupils are able, we begin the teaching of GCSE during Year 9. This staged transfer helps to prepare pupils for Key Stage 4 and increases their chances of success. The structure of the curriculum is flexible enough to enable the educational needs of individual pupils to be met. This may include some parts of a pupil's curriculum being delivered either one to one or in small groups through the SEND department's SWITCH provision. Please view our SEND provision HERE to see how we make the curriculum accessible for pupils with disabilities or special educational needs.

The opportunity to follow a broad and balanced curriculum is the entitlement of all pupils irrespective of race, academic ability, gender, sexual orientation or physical disability. As a College we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. 

Click HERE here to download the Active Learning Trust Curriculum Statement of Intent

Click HERE to download the Cromwell Community College Curriculum Statement of Intent

Click HERE to download the Curriculum Option Booklet 2021-2023

Click HERE for more information on how we promote British values at Cromwell

Click HERE to download the History Curriculum Statement of Intent

Click HERE to download the Religious Education Curriculum Statement of Intent