Our Curriculum

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Overview

At Marshalls Park we aim to provide our students with a curriculum which is broad, balanced and relevant to every one of our learners. Our curriculum is flexible enough to allow targeted individual students to have their own bespoke programmes of study so that they can make as much progress as possible. A range of extra-curricular activities enriches and supplements the main programme. All our year groups follow the National Curriculum, studying subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, RE and PE. All students also study PSHE/Citizenship/WRL through drop down lessons or flexi-days. Issues such as financial management, study skills, Sex and Relationships Education, work related learning, Britishness and what is means to be British are studied.

In Year 7 and 8, students follow a broad curriculum to introduce them to a range of specialist subjects. The content is described in more detail on our subject curriculum pages. Students are assessed in a wide range of skills that help to prepare them for the rigours of Key Stage 4. Our Year 7 and 8 curriculum builds in adaptations and flexibility, as appropriate. For example, some students may need extra support with Literacy and Numeracy and, by careful monitoring; this is implemented for students as appropriate.

From September 2017 we will operate a three year Key Stage 4 programme at Marshalls Park and towards the end of Year 8; students confirm their GCSE pathways choices which they will study during Years 9. Towards the end of Year 9 students will be guided to further reduce the range of subjects during Year 10 and 11. We believe that with the linear approach to exams our students will have the best chance of succeeding by having more time to study these subjects. The details of this are explained in the curriculum plan page. Our curriculum is enriched by a wealth of other activities on offer such as field trips, theatre visits, sporting events, musical instrument tuition, drama productions, activity holidays, revision classes and art gallery visits.