Curriculum

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.

Curriculum Rationale

  • Retaining a breadth of curriculum which supports our commitment to an inclusive curriculum i.e. giving all students access to an offer that meets their learning needs, interests and a pathway through to 16+
  • A curriculum that is informed by the data profile of individual learning groups
  • A curriculum that enables lower learners to make good and better progress to give them a full entitlement of opportunity at 16+ (Level 2/3 vocational offer)
  • A curriculum to bridge the gap between GCSE and A level

Above all it is a curriculum to suit the needs of our students rather than to chase performance measures

Organisation of the Curriculum 

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.

  • Years 7 & 8
  • Years 9, 10 & 11

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.

Years 7 & 8

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.