Curriculum

The ingredients that make up the good stuff


Curriculum Overview 2016-17

At Park Community School our curriculum prepares students for a long, successful and happy life. It is vital to us is that students leave secure in all subjects, particularly English and Maths. We ensure each student achieves their personal best. We prepare students to follow a career of their choice by studying a range of relevant subjects in recognised qualifications that leads to further study at college and university, whether academic or vocational.

Through the curriculum we seek opportunities to promote ‘joy, glee and delight’, in and out of lessons, and encourage the attitude that work should be finished with ‘polish and panache’ at all times. Our curriculum includes widening opportunities for learning through our smallholding, industrial unit, numerous trips in the UK and abroad. We ensure that the school environment, coupled with our high expectations, enhance wider learning about what it is to be a good citizen. Our pastoral approach and belief in the importance of each child means that personal development, understanding of our role as a citizen, democratic values, and the opportunities of the multicultural society that exists in Great Britain today are important parts of the rounded education we provide. Through the curriculum we continually seek opportunities to celebrate success and academic achievement.

Overview of the curriculum

  • Year 7
    • Core Subjects: English, Maths and Science
    • Cultural: Geography, History, RE, Spanish
    • The Arts: Art, Dance, Drama, Music
    • Design and Technology: Food and Design Technology
    • IT opportunities are built in across our curriculum
    • SMSC: Including mentoring, Personal Development and Character Building are covered at regular points through the year.
  • Year 8
    • Core Subjects: English, Maths and Science
    • Cultural: Geography, History, RE, Spanish, French
    • The Arts: Art, Dance, Drama, Music
    • Design and Technology: Food and Design Technology
    • IT opportunities are built in across our curriculum
    • SMSC: Including mentoring, Personal Development and Character Building are covered at regular points through the year.
  • Year 9
    • GCSE Subject lessons in English Language and English Literature, Maths
    • GCSE Science and Additional Science or Physics, Biology and Chemistry
    • 3 option courses
    • Core PE and RE
    • SMSC: Including mentoring, Personal Development and Character Building are covered at regular points through the year.
  • Year 10
    • GCSE Subject lessons in English Language and English Literature, Maths
    • GCSE Science and Additional Science or Physics, Biology and Chemistry
    • 2 or 3 option courses
    • Core PE and RE
    • ECDL (European Computer Driving License): An IT based qualification
    • SMSC: Including mentoring, Personal Development and Character Building are covered at regular points through the year.
  • Year 11
    • GCSE Subject lessons in English Language and English Literature, Maths
    • GCSE Science and Additional Science or Physics, Biology and Chemistry
    • 2 or 3 option courses
    • Core PE and RE
    • ECDL (European Computer Driving License): An IT qualification
    • SMSC: Including mentoring, Personal Development and Character Building are covered at regular points through the year.

Option choices offered include
Most courses are GCSE.

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Graphics
  • Horticulture
  • Food
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • IT
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Photography
  • PE
  • Psychology
  • Resistant Materials
  • Spanish

Year 8 Options

At the start of Year 8, students get the chance to target their education through their options. Please take the time to view the available year 8 options..