CURRICULUM

16-19 Study programmes

We offer a diverse range of study programmes for our Post 16 learners, which reflects our school motto of “All different, all equal”. These study programmes combine qualifications and other activities, which are tailored to each student’s prior attainment and career goals. Each study programme will consist of a number of planned hours. At Kenton, this will almost always be a full-time programme of around 600 hours. From time to time, specific circumstances (such as illness) may mean that students can study a part time study programme. This should be agreed with the Assistant Principal responsible for Sixth Form.

We provide a range of Academic, Technical and Vocational courses and unlike many centres, we allow students to combine the two. Our curriculum allows students to choose a range of subjects that are suited to their needs, with an option of subjects that, for example, include science, maths, psychology, media, ceramics, law and English literature, as well as engineering, business studies and sport. All subjects have defined entry requirements to help influence and motivate students and it is vital that students understand the impact of their GCSE results on what they are able to do next. We try to include subjects that are studied at GCSE as a pathway on to either work-related learning or, more commonly, university experience. We also have a link with Studio West within our academy trust; this allows students from both schools to access a wider range of courses, and may mean they are able to access high-level work experience placements that can be linked to degree level apprenticeship later.

We also teach resit GCSE English and maths for those students who achieved a grade 3 or lower in the summer of Year 11. We place a large emphasis on these key qualifications, as students receive 9 hours per fortnight of lessons. We were delighted with the fact that a significant number of students passed their resit in November 2018.

Students with special educational needs are encouraged to remain at Kenton into the sixth form and to access the best support possible. We have a bespoke programme that offers students the chance to work on a range of social, independent living and employability skills to prepare them for life beyond school.

Students with English as an additional language are supported to achieve high GCSE grades in English and maths, if necessary, but they also have access to A Level or BTEC subjects, including first language GCSE and A Level, which allows them to take the next steps in their education.

All students attend Lifeskills lessons that provides guidance for important areas of life beyond school, such as financial support and information about loans and credit cards. This also includes key Safeguarding issues such as the Prevent agenda, personal safety and relationships. These sessions are differentiated so that all students receive a personalised experience. Students access the PIXL Futures programme, which gives expert and current advice on apprenticeships, university and employment. We work with speakers4schools to offer work experience opportunities over a range of areas to all students. In addition, we offer students specific weeks where they can seek out work experience opportunities. We have a partnership with Global Bridge which allows links between employers, apprenticeships, universities and the students themselves.

Students are encouraged to play an active role in the life of the school through Youth Social Action. Many students participate in the National Citizenship Service and proactively involve themselves in charity work, such as Food Banks and The People’s Kitchen. Our student leaders in Year 13 are the Presidents of the Student Union, which plays an active role in the decision-making process of the school.

We try to enrich the student experience as much as possible, so that when students leave us at the end of Year 13, they do so as well- rounded, aspirational and high-achieving students. The Sports Leader award is offered to students who wish to participate, as well as Young Enterprise and Tycoon through Peter Jones Business. Furthermore, there are opportunities to support in lessons for younger students

Impact

The impact of our curriculum offer on pupil outcomes and well – being is reviewed regularly. Impact will be measured against the following goals;

  • We expect all subjects to balance the need to prepare pupils for examinations with the development of skills and a wider understanding of how the subject fits into the wider world
  • We expect to see year on year improvements in the progress made by pupils in all subjects at all key stages
  • We hope that the diverse curriculum offer that we have strived to protect, enthuses and inspires young people to attend school regularly and reach their academic potential
  • We aim to recruit and retain the best available subject specialist teachers
  • We would prefer our pupils to remain at Kenton School and move into Sixth Form at the end of Year 11, but understand that some pupils following independent advice and guidance will choose to further their studies elsewhere
  • We hope that all Kenton pupils will be inspired by their education (inside and outside of the classroom) at school to seek out and follow a career in a field for which they hold a passion
  • We want all of our pupils to be in education, employment or training when they leave us, either at the end of year 11 or year 13

Courses by Key Stage

A full list of courses and qualifications offered by academic year has been provided to help parents/carers and learners discuss the best options for study at our school.

On each page, you will find details of:

  • The awarding body for the course
  • The qualification the course provides
  • A link to the course specification provided by the awarding body (where available)
  • The academic year(s) who are taught the course
  • A link to details about the department which teaches the course
  • Details of how the course is taught at Kenton

How to find out more about our curriculum

If you would like to know more about any aspect of our curriculum offer from Key Stage 3 through to Key Stage 5, please contact Andy Clark (Vice Principal) at Andy.Clark@kenton.newcastle.sch.uk

If you have a Safeguarding issue, please contact us as soon as possible and talk to a Designated Member of staff.

At Kenton School we strictly follow the principles and rules as outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education policy.

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