Curriculum Information

Curriculum Information

The school provides a broad and balanced range of subjects throughout all key stages, including an appropriate balance between academic and work-related subjects in Years 10 to 13  - OFSTED 2014

The school’s motto of ‘enjoy and excel’ is embraced by both students and staff  -  OFSTED 2014 

Our prime objective at Beaumont is to enable each individual, including those of exceptional ability and slower learners, to develop his or her maximum potential through a stimulating and challenging curriculum and by carefully monitoring each student’s social and academic progress.

Our provision is designed to ensure that:

  • all students receive the broad and balanced  education needed for life in the 21st century
  • all students experience a range of teaching and learning styles
  • students of all abilities can achieve success
  • parents are kept well informed about the progress of their children
  • students are given professional guidance about the choice of subjects studied after the first three years.

The curriculum consists of:

  • a comprehensive range of  academic subjects
  • a wide range of activities which supplement and enhance the timetable, including Curriculum Enrichment Days.
  • certain themes which occur in a planned way across several subjects.

Parent(s) / carer(s) are requested to inform the school in confidence if they anticipate that an aspect of the school's curriculum might cause a particular difficulty for an individual student. In most cases, contact with the class teacher or form tutor will be more than adequate, but the Head of Year or Mrs Powdrell (Pastoral Assistant Headteacher) should be contacted if the information is especially sensitive or difficult.  Students are also encouraged to inform the school if they are aware of aspects of the school’s curriculum which might cause them distress.

KEY STAGE 3

The table below shows the number of lessons per week in each subject. The percentages are estimates of the time devoted to each subject over Key Stage 3 as a whole; they cannot be exact because they do not include the time spent on Curriculum Enrichment Days and other activities. 

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

% of Total

English

4

4

4

12%

Mathematics

4

4

4

12%

Modern Languages

4

5

6

15%

Science

4

4

4

12%

Design & Technology

3

3

2

8%

Physical Education

3

3

3

9%

Geography

2

2

2

6%

History

2

2

2

6%

Art

1

1

1

3%

Drama

1

1

1

3%

Music

1

1

1

3%

Religious Studies

1

1

1

3%

PSHE & Citizenship

2

1

1

4%

Computer Science

1

1

1

3%

At Key Stage 3, all Beaumont students study two modern foreign languages. In Year 7, all students begin either French or German. This is determined by their Tutor Group on entry to the school, with half of the cohort studying French and the other half German. In Year 8, students study a second language, chosen from French, German or Spanish. Classes will run in all three languages if sufficient numbers of students select them within each half year group.

KEY STAGE 4

At Key Stage 4, students continue with a core curriculum which will usually involve preparing for the following GCSEs: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (two or three certificates), Geography and/or History and a Modern Foreign Language. The core Foreign Language can be any one of French, German or Spanish, and Italian may offered as an Option, subject to demand. The core curriculum also includes Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education in Year 10 (PSHCEE) - including aspects of Religious Education - and a PE subject (GCSE, BTEC or Practical Activities). Through following this core curriculum, students are able to achieve the English Baccalaureate ​performance measure.

In addition, students will choose optional subjects. At present students are able to choose four Option subjects, in consultation with parents and teachers. They are encouraged to choose a balance from the different families of subjects – the Humanities (Business, Economics, Geography, History and Philosophy and Ethics), Sport and Expressive Arts (Art, Drama, BTEC Performing Arts, BTEC Sport Studies, PE or Music), Languages, and Science and Technology (such as Product Design, Graphics, Food and Nutrition, Textiles) and additional Science or ICT qualifications). Around 50% of students will take a second Modern Language as one of these options.

Please visit the Year 9 Options section of this site for details of the current Key Stage 4 curriculum offer.

If GCSE courses are inappropriate for a student, alternative accreditation is available in many subjects so that all students' achievements can be recognised.

The table below shows the number of lessons devoted to each subject per week. The courses with three or more lessons per week usually lead to the GCSE examinations.

Subject

Year 10

Year 11

% of Total

Science

6

6

18%

English

4

5

14%

Mathematics

4

4

12%

Modern Languages

3

3

9%

Physical Education

3

3

9%

PHSCEE

1

0

2%

Option A

3

3

9%

Option B

3

3

9%

Option C

3

3

9%

Option D

3

3

9%

 

 

 

 

The range of courses and opportunities for choice between options is reviewed annually to reflect the changing nature of demand for different qualifications and Year 9 students and their parents are asked to make their choices in the Spring prior to starting their Key Stage 4 courses in the second half of the Summer Term. Detailed course information and advice on choices is made available at that time.

Explanatory information about target setting in KS3 and KS4 can be found here.

Curriculum information for each year group is available by following the links below.

 

Year 7

Click here to download the Year 7 course booklet with information on Year 7 curriculum 2016-17

Click here for information about Home Learning and to download the Year 7 Home Learning Plan 2016-17

Click here for the PowerPoint slides from the Year 7 Parent Information Evening, 8 September 2016

Click here for the Year 7 Recommended Reading Guide September 2016

 

Year 8

Click here to download the Year 8 course booklet with information on Year 8 curriculum 2016-17

Click here for information about Home Learning and to download the Year 8 Home Learning Plan 2016-17

Click here for the PowerPoint slides from the Year 8 Parent Information Evening, Tuesday 13 September 2016

 

Year 9

Click here to download the Year 9 course booklet with information on Year 9 curriculum 2016-17

Click here for the PowerPoint slides from the Year 9 Parent Information Evening, Wednesday 14 September 2016

 

Year 10

Click here to download the Year 10 course booklet with information on Year 10 curriculum 2016-17

Click here for the calendar for Controlled Assessment in Year 10 2016-17

Click here for the PowerPoint slides from the Year 10 Parent Information Evening, Tuesday 13 September 2016

 

Year 11

Click here to download the Year 11 course booklet with information on Year 11 curriculum 2016-17

Click here for the calendar for Controlled Assessment in Year 11 2016-17

Click here for the PowerPoint presentation from the 'Year 11 and Beyond' evening, 13.10.16

Click here for the timetable for the Year 11 Mock Exams, November 2016

Click here for the study leave letter for the Year 11 Mock Exams, November 2016