Curriculum Overview


INTENT


At Minsthorpe Community College our core values of Motivation, Commitment and Care are at the heart of everything we do.

Our curriculum intent is to raise the achievements and aspirations of all learners through the delivery of a highly personalised, broad and balanced curriculum that: –

  • Deepens students’ understanding and develops their knowledge and skills in all subject areas
  • Ensures students are literate and numerate
  • Enriches students’ learning experiences
  • Builds students’ character
  • Empowers students to realise their potential beyond Minsthorpe Community College

Our curriculum delivery is supported by:

  • The Leadership structure (EBACC Team and OPEN Team)
  • Curriculum and Cross Curricular (Pastoral) Teams
  • The Specialist Support Team
  • The Careers Lead
  • The ‘Learning 4 Life’ programme
  • The virtual learning platform ‘Firefly’ and the homework platform ‘Satchel:one’
  • Our Pastoral programme
  • A range of external agencies
  • Our Leading Practitioners and Learning & Teaching Network

IMPLEMENTATION


Key Stage 3 (2 Years) – Years 7&8

We meet the requirements of the National Curriculum through a broad range of subjects including: English, Maths, Science, French, Geography, History, Design & Technology, Food, Drama, Art, Music, Religious Education, Computing & Digital Media, PE and SMSC. Students chose their options in Y8 and move to KS4 to study these in Y9.

A small number of students are identified at the time of transition from Key Stage 2 as requiring a Nurture Curriculum which aims to strengthen their personal development and basic skills in order to access a full secondary education.

Key Stage 4 (3 Years) – Years 9,10 & 11

To ensure all students make good progress and achieve their full potential students are primarily placed on appropriate pathways (Targeted and EBACC Choice), and secondly given as much choice as possible to ensure student preferences are met. We offer students a rich curriculum with a strong academic core.

For some students the pathways above do not meet their individual needs and a personalised curriculum is implemented that is tailored to their aspirations and removes their barriers to learning. This can include attending alternative provision to access vocational courses.

Key Stage 5 (3 Years) – Years 9,10 & 11

In KS5 students are guided onto appropriate pathways and there are courses available to suit Level 1, 2 and 3 learners in a variety of subjects and routes (academic and vocational). There is great flexibility available to ensure that students are supported to achieve their best possible outcomes, with clear progression pathways.

At Level 1 & 2 students can study for BTEC First Diplomas and GCSE or Functional Skills Maths and English if necessary.

At Level 3 students have range of vocational and academic courses, A ‘Levels, Cambridge Technicals and BTEC qualifications. All study programmes, which are bespoke, are supported by the Enrichment programme which includes experiences such as the Football Academy and work experience opportunities.

Learning & Teaching expectations

Teachers at Minsthorpe Community College strive to create a positive Climate for Learning and to deliver lessons where teaching is consistently high quality, with the result that all students are inspired to learn, make exceptional progress and develop skills to be lifelong learners.

There are three strands to ‘The Minsthorpe Way’ – Teaching, Behaving and Learning. The three strands are interdependent and all three are prerequisites of high- quality lessons. Teachers are expected to be consistent in ensuring the three strands are addressed in every lesson thereby creating a ‘typicality’ for lessons irrespective of year group, ability, subject or teacher.

Principles of Assessment

At Minsthorpe Community College assessment is a continuous process which is integral to teaching and learning. It should be developed and implemented in such a way as to maximise understanding of what students know, understand, and can do, as well as identifying any areas for further improvement/development and to celebrate achievements in their broadest sense. It necessitates a whole college approach, as detailed in this whole college policy, and must involve all teachers, all students and wherever possible all parents.


IMPACT


The College Strategic Plan has three priorities:

Priority 1: Improve progress for all students

Priority 2: Diminish the Difference

Priority 3: Improve whole College attendance

Our highly personalised, broad and balanced curriculum is central to addressing these priorities. All students, including the disadvantaged and those with SEND, make progress because they experience the right curriculum for them, ensuring they succeed.

The Whole College Curriculum Policy document will be available shortly, once ratified by the Governors