Curriculum Statement 2016-2017
Our overarching, strategic aims for this academic year (2016/17) are:
- To ensure our Curriculum provides students with the best chance of examination success at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.
- To continue to develop the Key Stage 3 Curriculum so that the key skills of lifelong learning, including literacy and numeracy, are embedded across all subject areas. Our specific school focus is on developing Resilience and Autonomy.
- To ensure our curriculum provides a broad and balanced experience for students reflecting the qualifications listed within the English Baccalaureate measure but fostering experience beyond this through our INVEST curriculum and wide programme of co-curricular events.
- To ensure that students have access to appropriate Information, Advice and Guidance in order to select the most appropriate courses at Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 and Post-18.
Our current curriculum strategy emphasises retaining a broad and well balanced World Class curriculum for students. At HSFG, we are committed to continually improving our curriculum offer, to ensure it remains relevant and supports high quality teaching and learning.
All staff are able to contribute to discussions about curriculum through regular forums. The most recent review took place in 2015-16 to inform the curriculum in 2016-17. Student voice is also increasingly consulted. Curriculum Link Governors meet regularly with the Faculty areas and Senior Leadership Team to discuss the latest curriculum developments.
The new National Curriculum was confirmed by the Department for Education on September 11th 2013 for delivery from September 2014. As an academy we are not obliged to follow this, however, in the interests of transition and progression from primary school through to Sixth Form we have opted to follow the spirit of the NC across all areas.
HSFG operates a fixed ten-day timetable, comprising of 50 one-hour periods, eight x twenty minute tutorial sessions and two twenty minute assemblies.
Formal lessons are complemented by a wide range of enrichment and further study opportunities, which are offered before, during and after school.
Our Co-Curricular programme of INVEST Days complements our regular provision, see below for details. These are just some of the co-curricular opportunities available each year.
Citizenship, including careers education and personal/economic well-being, is taught by form tutors during some of the twenty minute tutorial sessions and in one lesson per timetable cycle for Years 8 - 11. Co-curricular days also address key PSCHE issues.
On INVEST Days normal timetabled classes are suspended and replaced by a special programme of extended learning opportunities.
Activities are often cross-curricular, eg study/revision skills, off-site visits, community work, citizenship events, outside speakers, and themed days: health, performing arts/creativity, cultural diversity and business/enterprise.
The aims of our INVEST Days are:
- To support an inspiring holistic curriculum.
- To allow curriculum time for activities requiring longer than the normal lesson time of one hour.
- Reduce curriculum disruption by off-site activities.
- Encourage the development of co-curricular activities.
- Develop students’ transferable skills and personal capabilities.
Details of what is taught in each Year Group can be found here: