At Brookfield Community School our aim is to offer all students access to a broad, balanced, relevant and challenging curriculum. The curriculum meets the requirement as set out in Section 2 of the Education Reform Act (1988) that all students will be taught Religious Education.
Above all it is a curriculum to suit the needs of our students rather than to chase performance measures
The School Curriculum is organised into a number of subject areas and each of these has its own Leader directly responsible to the Headteacher for the delivery of the curriculum.
The School operates a 2 week, 50 period timetable. Students also spend 8 shorter personal development periods with their tutor during each 2 week timetable cycle.
All students in Years 7 and 8 follow the core subjects of English, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Mathematics and Science together with the Foundation Subjects of Art, Geography, History, Technology, Foreign Languages, Music and Physical Education (PE). In addition all students have lessons in Religious Education (RE), Drama/Dance, Personal and Social Education (PSE) including Citizenship. This curriculum provides greater breadth than is required by the National Curriculum, although a significant amount of time is devoted to English and Mathematics. All students take French as their main foreign language, but the more able linguists have the opportunity to take either German or Spanish, in addition to French, when they move into year 8.
In Year 7, some students are members of the transition group and have additional time to develop their skills in literacy and numeracy. This means that they spend less time in Religious Education and Language lessons. For some students this programme continues at least into year 8. Other students in both years 7 and 8 benefit from a series of special days when the most able students in each subject take part in a very challenging programme of learning activities.
All students follow a Personal and Social Education course throughout Years 7, 8 and 9. This includes aspects of Citizenship, Health Education including Drugs and Sex Education and Careers Education and Guidance. During Year 8 the course includes specific modules which relate to the selection of option subjects for Years 10 & 11. Students in both key stages also have personal development periods with their tutors.
Number of lessons per fortnight in each subject:
*please note that there are some small variations for the Transition Curriculum groups and for those students who begin a second foreign language in year 8.
|English – 8/7||ICT – 2||History - 3|
|Maths – 7||PE – 4||Art - 2|
|Science – 6||RE – 2||Music - 2|
|French – 4/5||PSE – 1||Drama – 2|
|Technology - 3||Geography – 3||Dance - 1|
Students in Year 9 continue to follow all of the core subjects - English, Mathematics, Science and ICT, together with a Foreign Language, P.E., R.E. and P.S.E. Students may also select 5 option subjects to study as a foundation for GCSE courses which begin in year 10. These are selected from a range of choices, mainly from the Humanities, Technology and Creative and Performing Arts curriculum areas.
Each year information about the Key Stage 4 courses is published in January, followed by a thorough programme of advice and guidance so that students and their parents/carers can make well informed choices during the course of the spring term.
|7||7||7||4||3||4||2||1||5 x 3|
At this level the curriculum is still based on a ‘core’ of subjects which will be studied by all students, but there is also a wide range of option subjects for students to choose. Again, there is a thorough programme of information, advice and guidance to help students and their parents/carers make wise choices.
The model shown represents the curriculum for year 10 students. The year 11 curriculum is, however, very similar.
Numbers refer to the allocation of teaching periods in the 2 week, 50 period timetable.
All students will have the opportunity to gain GCSE qualifications in English, English Literature and Mathematics.
In Science, students work towards either dual certification in Science (knows as Trilogy Combined) or triple certification in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (known as Separate Sciences). Again students and their parents are advised as to the course which will best suit each individual’s abilities and aspirations. All students are expected to take at least one foreign language or Humanities subject amongst their option choices.
In years 10 and 11 all students have 3 hours of PE; whereas Personal and Social Education, Belief and values and RE (known as core RE) are provided through a programme of occasional events when visiting experts support school staff in delivering lessons on a range of health and careers related issues. PE, core RE and Beliefs and Values are not examined.
All students may also select subjects leading mainly to GCSE qualifications from option pools A, B, C and D. (BTEC and other vocational qualifications are offered in some subjects.) The school believes that a broad balanced curriculum is suitable for the majority of students until the age of at least 16. The composition of the option pools enables students to achieve this while also providing a wide range of choices.
Currently students in Year 10 have selected from the following subjects:-
We also offer a number of further vocational courses provided in partnership with a College for a small number of students whose needs are not met by the options provided in school.
Subjects which are available in each option pool may vary from year to year.
This programme means that students are likely to gain 9 or 10 GCSE or equivalent qualifications.
The curriculum model is reviewed annually by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors during the Autumn Term. Special information evenings about the Years 9, 10 & 11 curriculum for students and parents are held in the Spring Term of Years 8 and 9.