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Curriculum

Below please find an overview of our curriculum offer, with links to more detailed information. If you require any further information, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact woottont@josephwhitaker.org.

The new 2014 National Curriculum in England provides the framework for schools to plan, implement and evaluate their own curriculum against national expectations. As an Academy, The Joseph Whitaker School is legally able to determine our own provision in terms of curriculum.

 

Following a process of review and development during 2013-14 each of our subjects has aligned their previous Programmes of Study to the aims and subject content of the new National Curriculum.

 

The National Curriculum & the new school KS3 Assessment Policy has now been implemented and can be viewed using the links below.

KS3 Curriculum and Assessment

Students follow a fortnightly timetable with 25 hours per week. The table shows the number of hours per week for each subject.

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 4 3 or 4 3 or 4
Mathematics 4 3 3
Science 3 3 3
Art 1 1 1
Drama 1 1 1
French 2 1.5 or 2 1.5 or 2
Spanish 0 1.5 1.5
Geography 1 1.5 1.5
History 1 1.5 1.5
IT 1 1 1
Music 1 1 1
PE 2 2 2
PSHCE 1 1 1
RE 1 1 1
Technology 2 2 2
Total 25 25 25

In order to personalise the curriculum for some children this offer may be adjusted according to need.

KS4 Curriculum

Students follow a fortnightly timetable with 25 hours per week.

 

In Year 9 a comprehensive options programme provides support and guidance for all students in determining their subject choices for Key Stage 4. This includes:

  • Assemblies
  • Options evening
  • Parent consultation evening
  • Careers education, information, advice and guidance
  • Tutor mentoring
  • Subject mentoring.

 

The table shows the number of hours per week for each subject or option

Subject Year 10 Year 11
English 4 4
Maths 3 4
Science 5 5
RE / PSHCE 1
PE 2 2
Option A 2.5 2.5
Option B 2.5 2.5
Option C 2.5 2.5
Option D 2.5 2.5
Total 25 25

**In KS4, provision for PSHCE is made through units of work in RE and during collapsed timetable days.

 

All students study both English and English Literature. Triple science is offered via a combination of the core curriculum and the options programme, giving pupils a total 7.5 hours per week.

KS4 and KS5 Progress and Attainment Outcomes

In 2017, at GCSE level, Headline Measures (unvalidated November 2017)

The school is currently placed in the top 20% of schools nationally in terms of GCSE outcomes

Progress 8 is +0.18 (National expectation is 0.00)

  • Attainment 8 = 46.4 (National average 44.2)
  • Basics (Grade 5+ in English and Maths) = 38% (National average 39.1%)
  • Basics (Grade 4+ in English and maths) = 58% (National average 62%)
  • EBACC (Grade 5+) = 11% (National average 19%)
  • EBACC (Entering the EBACC) = 25% (National average 34.9%)
  • % of students who continue in education or training or move to employment = 96% (2015)

Additional Information

  • English A-C = 73%
  • Maths A-C = 66%

In 2016, at GCSE level, Headline Measures.

  • Progress 8 is 0.32 (National expectation is 0.00)
  • Attainment 8 = 54.1 (National average 49.34)
  • Basics (A-C in English and maths) = 70% (National average 62%)
  • EBAAC = 25% (National average 24%)
  • % of students who continue in education or training or move to employment = 94% (2014)

Additional Information:

  • 66% of pupils achieved at least 5 A-C including English and Mathematics
  • Average Points Score Capped 8 inc EM 340.28
  • English A-C 77%
  • Maths A-C 76%
  • 4% of pupils achieved the minimum expected levels of progress in English between KS2 and KS4
  • 2% of pupils exceeded the expected levels of progress in English
  • 5% of pupils achieved the minimum expected levels of progress in Maths between KS2 and KS4

26.5% of pupils exceeded the expected levels of progress in Maths

In 2015, at GCSE level (Best Entry):

  • 66% of pupils achieved at least 5 A-C including English and Mathematics
  • 7% of pupils achieved at least 5 A-C grades
  • Average Points Score Capped 8 inc EM 332.15
  • English A-C 76% (national average 65%)
  • Maths A-C 75% (national average 63%)
  • 78% of pupils achieved the minimum expected levels of progress in English between KS2 and KS4
  • 23% of pupils exceeded the expected levels of progress in English
  • 70% of pupils achieved the minimum expected levels of progress in Maths between KS2 and KS4
  • 26% of pupils exceeded the expected levels of progress in Maths
  • 97% of pupils achieved at least 5 A*-G grades
  • Every pupil achieved at least 1 GCSE pass
  • 17% of pupils achieved the English Baccalaureate

At A Level 2017:

  • The progress made against national = -0.08 (in line with national averages)
  • 40% of students achieved an A or A* grade
  • 28% of students achieved an A or A* in A Level only (national 26%)
  • 68% of students achieved an A* or B grade
  • Average grade = C
  • The pass rate for the school was 100%.

 

At A Level 2016:

  • The progress made against national = 0.2 (one fifth of a grade higher than other schools)
  • 58% of students achieved an A or A* grade
  • 26% of students achieved an A or A* in A Level only (national 25%)
  • 2% of students achieved an A* or B grade
  • Average grade = C
  • The pass rate for the school was 99%.

 

At A level 2015:

  • 68% of students achieved an A or A* grade
  • 32% of students achieved an A or A* in A Level only (national 26%)
  • 83% of students achieved an A* or B grade

The pass rate for the school was 100%.

To view information regarding the the school’s historic academic performance, please click on the following link to the Department of Education’s performance tables. The results shown are based on First Entry rules:

 

https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/137628