Learning - The Curriculum
The curriculum at Brimsham Green School allows our learners to become:
- Resilient, independent and enquiring learners who are highly motivated to achieve their full potential
- Aspirational and confident learners who are fully engaged with their learning and development
- Respectful citizens who make a positive contribution to their community and are reflective, showing understanding towards others
To support all students in their academic and social development, we have designed our curriculum along the following principles:
- An inclusive curriculum that is accessible for all students and supports students in realising their full potential
- A broad and balanced range of discrete subjects which also develop transferable skills between subjects and key stages
- A wide range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities to develop personal interests, broaden cultural awareness and social skills
- A full range of appropriate qualifications that prepare all students for post-18 aspirations, including vocational qualifications
Years 7 - 9 (Key Stage 3) All students study a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science and Modern Foreign Languages (French and German). Students are taught in ability groups in Mathematics, Science and Digital Learning and Computing.
To further support students’ transition from Year 6 into Year 7, students are taught Humanities throughout Years 7 and 8. This comprises Geography, History and Religious Education with a clear focus on developing students’ social and independent learning skills. Additionally, all students will also study Music; Art, Design Technology; PE and Drama. Students are taught in mixed ability groups in these curriculum areas. Students are organised in smaller groups for Design Technology.
Years 10 - 11 (Key Stage 4) All students study a broad and balanced curriculum allowing a variety of different progression routes into sixth form, further education and apprenticeships.
Every student takes GCSE English Language, English Literature, GCSE Mathematics, and GCSE Science (Triple or Double). In addition, all students are required to take one of GCSE Geography, History, French or German.
Students are also able to take further GCSE subjects, agreed after consultation, selected from the following:
- Business Studies
- Child Development
- Computer Science
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Graphic Design
- Product Design
- Religious Studies
- Resistant Materials
Furthermore, students are also able to study a range of vocational (BTEC/Cambridge National) subjects, agreed after consultation, selected from the following:
- Business Studies
All students participate in a full PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) programme which also includes impartial Careers Education Information and Guidance sessions, as well as Religious Education. Furthermore, all students receive 3 hours of recreational sports across the timetable.
As recently announced by Ofqual, all GCSE examinations are now linear (taking place at the end of the two year course) and controlled assessments form a very important but diminishing element of assessment in only some subjects. Mathematics and Science continue to be taught in ability groups from Year 10 onwards; all other subjects are taught in mixed ability groupings.
Years 12 - 13 (Key Stage 5) Our sixth form curriculum is delivered in collaboration with Chipping Sodbury School and Yate Academy, known as the Cotswold Edge Consortium. Students from the three institutions benefit from a highly flexible and diverse range of Level 3 academic and vocational qualifications, Level 2 academic and vocational qualifications and a Level 1 provision for students with Special Educational Needs.
Every student is able to study three A-Levels, agreed after personalised consultation sessions, delivered across both schools. A range of academic Level 3 qualifications are offered, including the following:
- Design Engineering
- Design Textiles
- English Language
- English Literature
- Film Studies
- Physical Education
- Product Design
- Religious Studies
Students in our sixth form are also able to study a carefully selected range of Level 3 vocational qualifications:
- Health and Social Care (single and double award)
- Child Play Learning Development
- BTEC Sport
- BTEC Applied Science
- Creative Media
We also support students for whom Level 2 studies are an appropriate pathway, including students who are improving their achievement in English and mathematics.
Ofqual have recently announced that A-Level exams take place at the end of Year 13. Therefore, students no longer sit modular examinations during the academic year, nor AS Level examinations at the end of Year 12.
Vocational Level 3 assessment comprises a range of continuous assessment, controlled assessments and formal examinations. Students’ progress is carefully tracked and monitored by individual teachers, subject leaders and sixth form leadership.
All students in our sixth form participate in a comprehensive enrichment programme. For example, students are able to: pursue an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ); volunteer to work in partner primary schools; participate in the National Citizenship Service; or work closely with senior citizens in the local area. A wide range of sports and mentoring activities are also included within the school’s enrichment programme.
Finally, sixth form students also receive a personalised programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Within this part of the curriculum, students continue to develop their independent study skills and receive personalised careers education and guidance. Students are fully supported in all their future career aspirations. A very high proportion of students complete the UCAS application process, including those students who complete Oxbridge applications.