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Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum

Our aim for every learner at Thomas Bennett Community College is that they grow in confidence and resilience and aspire to be the best that they can be.

We want every student to have a passion for learning that will remain with them, and strong values that will enable them to be responsible and positive members and leaders in their communities.  Our vision for our young people is that they go forward with the belief that they can achieve excellence in whatever they choose to do.

The curriculum at TBCC supports the aims, ethos and values of the school by:

  • promoting the intellectual, aesthetic, moral, physical and social development of all students
  • providing opportunities for the creative and performing arts to make a contribution to the education of young people
  • ensuring that equality of opportunity in access to the curriculum is an entitlement
  • ensuring that extra-curricular activities play an important part in school life
  • providing students with every opportunity to be happy and successful learners

Impact on outcomes

OfSTED report November 2016 comments in italics

Performance data in bold

Whole School

The core subjects of English, maths and science are given a strong emphasis in our curriculum.

Students are also given a wide variety of opportunities to develop their talent and interest in sport, languages, technology, humanities and the creative and performing arts.

The skill of reading is a key focus in the preparation of students for GCSE study. For those working below their chronological age there is the programme of accelerated reader and reading recovery in place for those who need support to be able to access GCSE materials.

  • Increased time has been allocated to English and mathematics, and lower-attaining pupils in key stage 3 receive additional literacy lessons.

Our taught curriculum is delivered through a two week timetable with each day divided into 5 periods of 60 minutes. An additional 20 minutes are included at the start of the day to allow for registration, tutor time activities the delivery of PSHE and careers education. There are 10 minutes at the end of each day for tutors to administer rewards and sanctions

For students who may need additional support our SEND faculty (including EAL provision) provide a more specific support programme tailored to individual needs. Students with specific ASD special need have a bespoke programme of support through our special unit called the BASE

  • The curriculum is suitably broad and balanced.
  • Pupils enjoy and take up a range of enrichment activities, including opportunities for them to showcase their talents through sports and drama. This balances the curriculum and supports pupils’ personal development.

A summary of the curriculum in each subject are can be found in the Curriculum section of the school website.

Years 7 and 8

Students study: English language, English literature, mathematics, science, PE (including swimming and dance), Spanish or French, geography, history, ICT and computing, food studies, design technology, art, music and drama. The curriculum in each subject is designed to develop the students’ skills and to prepare them to study the subject in Years 9-11. PSHE, RE and careers advice is delivered via a mix of regular lessons, assemblies, tutor time activities and parents’ evenings.

Students are taught in sets for English, mathematics, science and French/Spanish and in mixed ability tutor groups for other subjects. This enables the students to work with similar ability students in the core subjects while giving them opportunities to build positive relationships with the students in their tutor group.

  • More recently, pathways from Year 7 ensure higher challenge for the most able and appropriate support for lower-ability pupils has been introduced.
  • GL progress tests show that performance in maths in Yrs 7 and 8 and in English in Year 7 is well above national standards

Years 9 to 11

Students study the compulsory core subjects of: English language, English literature, mathematics, double science and core PE.  Students also choose four further subjects to study from: Spanish, French, geography, history, computing, ICT, art, dance, drama, food studies, graphic design, music, GCSE PE, sports science and resistant materials.

The vast majority of students will study for 9 GCSE qualifications. A small number of students study for fewer qualifications and are given additional support to maximise their progress. PSHE, RE and careers advice is delivered via a mix of regular lessons, assemblies, tutor time activities and parents’ evenings.

Students are taught in sets for English, mathematics and science; in other subjects they are taught in either sets or mixed ability groups.

  • Widened access to the English Baccalaureate is now in place, as is a better planned alternative curriculum for more vulnerable pupils. However, it is too early to evaluate the impact of these recent changes.
  • A wide range of activities support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils well. These include visits to science and history museums, as well as trips overseas, and various musical and drama events throughout the year. These events, and how leaders and teachers promote participation in them, help pupils to become active and responsible citizens, as do bespoke events such as the Belief Days and Unique Day.
  • The 2017 Progress 8 score at the end of year 11 (-0.38) is below national average but above floor targets and is a small increase on the 2016 figure
  • The FFT CVA P8 figure for 2017 (-0.15) is in line with national average
  • The %4+ in English and maths for 2017 (41%) is above the threshold and FFT VA analysis shows this is in line with the national average.
  • The %5+ in English and maths for 2017 (22%) is just below FFT50 estimate (23%)
  • Current data shows P8 figure improving and small gaps between PP/nonPP students

Years 12 and 13

As a comprehensive school, we are keen to ensure we offer a truly comprehensive sixth form. Our broad and balanced curriculum caters for diverse interests and abilities through personalised pathways. We offer a variety of A-levels, Applied A-levels, BTEC Nationals and GCSE retakes in English and maths providing progression from Key Stage Four.

Subjects offered include:

Art, biology, business studies, chemistry, dance, drama, English literature, geography, history, ICT, law, mathematics, physics, psychology, public services, sports studies, and Travel and Tourism.

We also offer the highly popular and successful Chelsea football academy programme where students study for qualifications in coaching and sports studies. PSHE, RE and careers advice is delivered via a mix of regular lessons, assemblies, tutor time activities and parents’ evenings.

  • Older learners speak enthusiastically about the Football Academy which provides a full-time course for 16- to 19-year-old learners that incorporates football training with post-16 education.

Students have their own personalised pathways and are expected to study 3 A-levels or equivalent in year 12 and Year 13.  The students’ curriculum is then further enhanced with opportunities to study for the extended project qualification (EPQ). During year 12 and 13 students undertake a work experience programme to help prepare them for the transition on to university or into the work place.  To ensure our sixth formers achieve their potential in their academic study their remaining time in school is spent in private study to help them achieve the highest grades. Those students who failed to secure a grade 4 in English and Maths in key stage 4 are allocated extra Maths or English GCSE lessons. 

VA data shows the impact of the recent changes to the Year 12 and 13 curriculum

Result

2016

2017

2018 prediction

A level

-0.40

0.00

-0.08

Applied

-0.60

-0.60

+0.24

English GCSE

 

+0.4

 

Maths GCSE

 

+0.2