Bedminster Down School Curriculum Statement: Click Here
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Our curriculum aims to:
- Provide a curriculum of equal breadth and depth as the National Curriculum, prioritising a strong academic core of subjects such as those offered in the EBacc.
- Provide a broad and balanced education for all students that is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills.
- Focus specifically on addressing low levels of literacy, equipping students with an extensive vocabulary, a passion for reading and a sound technical understanding of the structure of the English Language.
- Ensure equal access to learning for all students, with high expectations for every student and appropriate levels of challenge and support.
- Provide subject choices in Key Stage 4 that support students’ learning and progression, and enable them to work towards achieving their goals.
- Equip students with the cultural capital, life experiences, understanding of fundamental British values and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development that they need to succeed in life.
- Support students’ physical and emotional development, equipping them with the tools required to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.
- Develop students’ independent learning skills and resilience to equip them for further education and employment.
- The curriculum is delivered through a 50 lesson per fortnight timetable; each lessons is one hour long.
- There is a twenty minute tutor session each day.
- Students experiencing significant learning difficulties may be offered a curriculum containing variations which take account of their identified special needs.
- Students who qualify for the Pupil Premium grant, or for funding from the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium grant, will receive additional support as detailed in our annual statements.
- Cross-curricular elements, SMSC, CEIAG and British values, are delivered through the subject content of lessons, assemblies and discrete activities for year groups or identified groups of students.
Four days a week students in all year groups read culturally significant English literature for the duration of their tutor time. The chosen texts are challenging in terms of the vocabulary and themes that they introduce, ensuring student’s literacy levels and cultural capital are explicitly developed every day.
Curriculum Review and Monitoring
The effectiveness of the curriculum is monitored through a range of activities including:
- Student progress and attainment data, including end of Key Stage outcomes.
- Benchmarked progress and attainment data against other WMAT academies.
- Academy Governance Committee feedback.
- Staff, student and parent feedback.
- Departmental curriculum self evaluation including department reviews and curriculum plan scrutiny.
The curriculum statement is reviewed annually by a named member of the Senior Leadership Team.
In 2020/21 and 2021/22 the statement will be reviewed by the Vice Principal.
Any proposed changes to the statement are discussed with the Academy Governance Committee (AGC).