Curriculum Statement 2023-24
Our curriculum is based on the principle that young people need knowledge about the world in order to make sense of it; understand it and be independent adults able to improve and affect society positively. Every young person leaves the school with set of academic qualifications that enables them to have choice about their futures. Alongside this, our curriculum prepares students for life beyond school by developing skills such as resilience, independence and an awareness of the world they will enter. This includes the understanding of British Values and a willingness to engage in and learn about ethical, philosophical and religious issues with maturity, respect and tolerance. The curriculum constantly drives the importance of literacy and numeracy, whilst encouraging creativity and a commitment to the arts. The extracurricular opportunities offered by the school are varied. We encourage and support all our students to participate in fundraising, community activities, teambuilding, educational trips and memorable experiences. Our aim is that students leave Kineton as happy, ambitious and confident young adults, who have developed a lifelong thirst for learning.
The curriculum has been developed with two core purposes:
To teach and develop the skills required for successful adulthood in modern British society and beyond.
To teach the knowledge and content required to successfully leave the school with high currency qualifications enabling students to enter their next phase of choice.
Each subject has identified the key composites and components that are developed throughout the years with clear end points at each stage. These are structured through the study of well-chosen topics across the subject. At KS3 this complements the more rigid knowledge specified in the KS4 and 5 specifications. Schemes of learning have The National Curriculum (DFE 2014) at their heart but recognise the skills, assessment styles and content required in new Level 2 (GCSE) and Level 3 (A Level) specifications. Schemes of learning have been planned in order to maximize opportunities to assess and ensure that students have learnt well and can remember and apply their new knowledge and skills.
We aim to develop a curriculum that supports the key values of the school:
In addition, we aim to:
Challenge all students through the implementation of our curriculum regardless of prior attainment.
Be fully inclusive whilst ensuring the curriculum is suited to the needs of the child.
Offer students pathways that cater for their aspirations and educational requirements.
Retain the breadth offered at KS3 whilst enabling students to try KS4 subjects in Year 9.
Enhance the formal curriculum through a varied extra-curricular offer and opportunities to gain Cultural capital through memorable experiences.
The school encourages and supports its disadvantaged and more vulnerable students to participate in activities that will enhance their aspirations and confidence to learn as well as complementing their academic progress.