The ‘curriculum’ is broadly defined as the ‘totality of pupil experiences that occur in the educational process.’
At Villiers, we believe that the curriculum should enable all children to be:
Aspirational, committed to learning at university, through apprenticeships and throughout their careers.
Honest and respectful citizens who make a positive contribution to school, to their own community and society in general.
Confident and of good character being able to live safe healthy and sustainable lives.
Our intent is that the curriculum provision:
Is broad, balanced, comprehensive and inclusive.
Gives opportunities for students to enrich their experiences, develop their talents and good qualities as well as gain useful transferable skills and relevant knowledge.
Enables high standards of academic achievement where outcomes empower students to progress to next levels of learning.
Affords opportunities for all pupils to develop a high level of literacy and numeracy required for success in the wider curriculum and in adult life.
Expands students' perspectives through a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities to promote their sense of moral and social responsibility.
Ensures that all pupils are able to thrive and develop as healthy individuals and good citizens.
Ensures that all pupils are safe and understand how to stay safe.
Fosters a strength of character, confidence and resilience that will help pupils to cope with choices and overcome the challenges they are likely to encounter in life.
Provides an appropriate range of opportunities and experiences to inspire pupils to succeed in the next stage in their education, training or employment.
KEY STAGE 3
- At Key Stage 3 the school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, with students studying Maths, English, Science, Languages, Geography, History and Computer Science alongside PE, Music, Design & Technology, Art, Drama, RE and PSHCE.
- There is an extensive provision to ease transition and, where needed, intervention through Year 7 and 8 for the development of core numeracy and literacy skills, particularly in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
- Pupils are taught in mixed ability in Maths, English, Science, Languages and Humanities from Year 7, providing opportunity to learn from each other and teachers ensure activities are planned to stretch and challenge students at all levels.
FIND OUT MORE
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please contact us. You can read more about how our curriculum complies with our duties relating to the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 by reading the relevant policies on our Policies and Procedures page.
Year 10 and 11 - Pupils focus on the core but choose from the widest range of options subjects that we can give them, thus giving them a broad base of experiences on which to make informed choices for post 16.
Year 12 and 13 - We are developing our Sixth Form Curriculum to include tangible pathways into both academic and vocational degree subjects, the world of work or higher-level apprenticeships. Our vocational pathways will include relevant work-related learning opportunities such as sports leadership and engineering, whilst our more academic pathways will benefit from our developing Career’s advice and links with high quality Russell Group Universities.
In order to prepare students to make a transition from KS3 to KS4, we have a PSHCE and careers programme in KS3 which develops the knowledge and skills of the workplace in order to inform pupil decisions when choosing pathways at KS4. We encourage pupils to select pathways which will allow them to fulfil their future goals but also give them flexibility to change their minds and not close any doors in future. At KS4, pupils continue to develop their skills set and engage in activities which further develop their understanding about further study and the workplace. This means that pupils are in a better position to choose the right options at KS5 to fulfil their future goals. Our curriculum is designed to enable pupils to choose a vocational or academic pathway and to prepare them for university or apprenticeships thereafter. At each transition point, we hold 1:1 interviews with pupils as well as invite parents in for options evenings prior to choices being made.