At Wyvern St Edmund’s, our aim is that every student becomes the best version of themselves that they can be. Every policy and procedure has our students’ best interests at heart and is mindful of staff workload and wellbeing.
Our vision is enacted by way of every member of staff, whatever their role, working to safeguard the wellbeing of our students and to maximise their progress. Of equal importance for us is their personal growth, self-discipline and the self-discovery of their passions and God-given talents. Every member of our school is treated with dignity and respect and is shown care and consideration. The Christian values of love and compassion inspire our commitment to the promotion of ‘life in all its fullness’ and are at the heart of all decisions that we make.
The Wyvern St Edmund’s curriculum is grounded in our school vision that students become the very best version of themselves: every student, irrespective of their starting point, is provided with the opportunity to learn rich content across a vast range of subjects. This allows access to excellent examination performance, but also ensures that students have the opportunity to find their individual talents and passions. Consequently students leave Wyvern St Edmund’s as well-rounded young people; sure of who they are, where their interests lie and with the best possible set of qualifications. This allows them to move confidently into the next stage in their education, training or employment and, subsequently, onto successful and happy futures.
Whilst the traditional academic subjects are at the core of our curriculum, the performing arts and technology subjects are of high value at WSE too. We want our students to go out and change the world for the better: whether that be finding a cure for cancer, resolving the climate change issue, leading a sporting team to world victory or filling a stadium as a performance artist. Therefore, our curriculum offer is broad and there is no narrowing of the subjects that we offer.
We have taken every opportunity to ensure that our whole-school curriculum and each subject curricula is designed and delivered to fulfill our school vision by:
- Maximising students’ progress and attainment through teaching challenging topics, assessing their work regularly and robustly and giving feedback that aids improvement
- Ensuring that every student can find their individual talent and passion through an expansive range of subjects and topics covered
- Promoting excellent literacy and numeracy skills
- Developing students as independent learners and responsible citizens
- Giving students the best chance of success in their futures through excellent careers education
- Providing challenge and support in equal measure to ensure that all students can exceed their potential, regardless of their academic ability.
- Ensuring an appropriate balance of knowledge and skills
We regularly review our curriculum to guarantee that it fits the needs of our students and we pride ourselves on providing an innovative and individualised approach to teaching and learning. We have very high aspirations for our students and expect them to take ownership and responsibility for their success by maintaining an excellent attitude to learning.
We judge the impact of our curriculum through student voice, regular learning walks and through the robust assessment of students. We analyse this assessment data thoroughly to ensure that the curriculum, and indeed the assessment itself, is challenging enough and is achieving our aims.
Key Stage Three Curriculum Year 7 -9
At Key Stage Three (KS3), students study the traditional academic subjects: Maths, English, Science, Languages and Humanities and alongside these we offer a healthy mixture of Arts and Technology subjects. PE, Dance, Drama, and Music are taught as distinct subjects and students follow a carousel of Technology lessons enabling them to study Food and Nutrition, Textiles and Product Design throughout the year. The Year 7 curriculum also offers the teaching of Mindfulness by qualified practitioners, equipping students with techniques to maintain good mental health. Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHEE) is taught every fortnight to all KS3 students and covers important topics that support our students in becoming good, responsible citizens.
Key Stage Four Curriculum Year 10 and 11
Students in Year 9 begin their GCSE RS qualification (which concludes in Year 10) and can select some technical subjects to specialise in in preparation for Key Stage 4 KS4. The KS4 curriculum then begins fully at the start of Year 10.
KS4 students all continue their study of the traditional academic subjects at GCSE: Maths, English and Science and one other traditional subject (e.g. History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages or Computer Science) and of course PE (or Dance) to ensure that good physical health is encouraged.
Whilst we believe that studying a language at GCSE is an excellent choice, we do not insist that students do so, because it is not the right choice for all. However, we do aim to meet the government target of 75% of students achieving the EBacc qualification, but as a result of students choosing to do so because they enjoy their language learning and see its value in life.
As a Church of England Academy, all students study RS GCSE and undertake the examination in Year 10, along with English Language and achieve very well in both. We firmly believe that taking these two GCSEs a year early lightens the load for our students in Year 11 and gives them a sense of confidence and success when starting their final year at WSE.
Students also have two other free choices to make from a wide range of Arts, Design and Technology and contemporary subjects.
For some students, this programme of study is not appropriate for their educational needs so we create a personalised GCSE package that is more suitable for ensuring their success at Key Stage Four.
For those students who feel limited by the choices they have to make at GCSE, we ensure that they can continue to develop their passions and interests by way of our excellent after-school enrichment programme (see below). We also offer some additional after-school GCSEs for small groups of students who are keen to take an extra GCSE. This currently includes the offer of German and History GCSEs.
We believe that every student has a God-given talent and one that may not be taught by even the broadest of mainstream curriculums. Therefore, we have developed a rich and varied package of after-school enrichment activities that are available for all students from Year 7 – 11 to afford them the opportunity to continue to experience and develop their skills outside the classroom. We offer all the traditional after-school sporting and performing arts activities you would expect to see in any great school, but also some rather unusual opportunities; you just never know where your talent may lie! Ultimate Frisbee, fencing, kick-boxing, puppet-making, the list goes on. This is particularly important when students reach Key Stage Four and will no longer study all the subjects on offer at Key Stage Three.
The Curriculum Beyond the Classroom
In addition to what happens in the classroom, other key elements of our curriculum delivery include:
- A vast programme of trips (over 100 trips were organised last year, UK and foreign, day and residential)
- Personal Development Days (PDD) – our timetable stops for a day, once a term and we deliver enriching experiences to students that support our school vision. For the programme of PDDs, click here
- Numerous visitors come into school to present to students e.g. authors, engineers etc
- A full careers programme including individual careers meetings with a qualified advisor, visits to colleges and universities and a whole school careers day
- In-school educational theatre performances
- A tutor-time programme focused on personal development and self-agency
- A mentoring programme for vulnerable students
- The Brilliant Club Scholar’s programme
- Advocating for the vulnerable in our communities through raising awareness of issues and participating in fundraising events. Last year students raised more than £16,000 for our three school charities.
We are absolutely passionate about inspiring our students and showing them what the world has to offer. Whilst we try to achieve this in every lesson, every day at school, we know that the happy memories of school are often cemented in the activities outside of the classroom. As part of our mission to achieve true moments of awe and wonder for our students, every year we hold an activities week in the summer term which enables students to have experiences that will stay with them for life. The aim of the week is to give our students the opportunity to try something different, have great fun, make new friends, do something they’ve never done before and discover something they didn’t know about themselves.
During the week we organise a wide range of activities including skills days, day trips and residential trips in the UK and abroad so that students can experience something new or travel somewhere they have never been before. For those families where finances can often limit these types of experiences, we offer financial support so that ALL students can enjoy these experiences.
Please click here for our latest Enrichment Booklet
Please click here for detailed information about subject specific curriculum plans. (Please note this is currently being updated).
Please click here for information about our KS4 studies (including exam board information).
Please click here for the Pathways Curriculum booklet for 2020
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