The English Department aims to enhance students self esteem by providing them with a full range of varied and differentiated activities and texts to help develop literacy skills. KS3 students follow a course in Basic Skills, part of which concentrates on improving basic literacy. KS4 students receive support and encouragement to be able to follow either the Entry Level course in English or the GCSE course in English Language and, if appropriate, GCSE in Literature. Students in need of additional support with literacy are withdrawn to participate in ‘Successmaker’ programmes.
Within the Mathematics department we aim to challenge every student to reach their full potential giving them the opportunity to develop appropriate mathematical skills to enable them to succeed in everyday life. All students are expected to complete a ‘baseline test’ on entry to either Centre, and this is used by staff to plan an individualised programme appropriate to each student’s ability in order to help them develop their mathematical understanding.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 these programmes are designed to give students the opportunity to develop their understanding of the 3 main strands of Mathematics:
- Number and Algebra
- Geometry and Measures
- Statistics and Probability
The department uses a variety of resources and activities including Functional Maths projects, ICT packages, homework and kinesthetic tasks alongside the Exploring Maths text book range to ensure students are able to develop their thinking skills, learn how to form convincing arguments, to justify findings and general statements and to work logically towards results and solutions. Where appropriate, students who are gifted and talented in Mathematics are offered the opportunity to gain qualifications in Functional Maths or another appropriate qualification.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 students follow personalised programmes leading towards the Edexcel Linear GCSE or another suitable Mathematics qualification. These programmes are designed to challenge every student to develop their mathematical understanding and provide students with opportunities to cover the following strands of Mathematics:
- Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
- Geometry and Measures
The department offers the opportunity for students to gain qualifications from the list below at the end of Year 11:
- Edexcel GCSE at Foundation or Higher Level
- Higher (GCSE grades 9-4)
- Foundation (GCSE grades 5-1)
- Edexcel Functional Maths Level 1 and Level 2
- Edexcel Award in Number and Measure Level 1 and Level 2
- Entry Level Maths
The Science teaching rooms and laboratories are well resourced, comprising of ‘living’ displays and scientifically calibrated equipment. Our staff are all Scientists, specialised in the fields of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and willingly offer every bit of support required for students to realise their potential and gain GCSE’s grades ranging from 9-1. Students weekly timetables are divided into at least one laboratory based lesson, a self-study lesson (which includes regular self, formative and summative assessments) and one theory lesson.
Key Stage 3:
Year 7’s embark on a project that will keep them engaged in the curriculum until Year 11 wherein they will become experts in a field of Biology that has been tailored to each individual’s educational needs and personal interests. They will take responsibility for their own learning and excel in Science, eventually leaving us with a knowledge base that will kick start their future careers and adventures.
Year 8’s continue the personalised projects but the subject content becomes a little more specialised. Students will plan and execute scientific investigations, design ways of structuring and displaying their data, and answer scientific questions based on their own theories. Year 8 is the year for experiential learning!
Key Stage 4
We aim for our Key Stage 4 to further develop their scientific skills and gain a final GCSE grade 9-1.
The students will be entered for one of the following qualification:
- GCSE Triple Science
- GCSE Combined Science
- GCSE Biology
- Entry Level Science
At the KS3 site as part of an activity carousel, the students are involved in numerous activities, including softball, basketball, handball, tag rugby, cricket and tennis. The KS3 site has also recently acquired a trim trail where the students can develop their basic motor skills. All activities take place on site.
At KS4 Sport is conducted at the Fountain Leisure in Brentford. Throughout the year, students are required to participate in a variety of sports including: Athletics, Tennis, Softball/Baseball, Cricket, Football and Badminton. From time to time, coaches from the Brentford Football Club take various sessions with students who have qualified to be members of the Centre’s football team.
Pastoral tutors teach PSCHE to their own tutor group in a 45 minute timetabled lesson. The programme encourages students to develop confidence and self-esteem. Its main focus is on discussion tasks.
The programme aims to involve students in exploring issues affecting their lives and shaping their attitudes for the future. Tutors explore a different theme each half term and a pack of suggested lesson activities and resources is available for their use. The PSCHE programme is supported by representatives from some external agencies, e.g. the Metropolitan Police Schools Service, SWAN and the Local Health Authority. Representatives from these services participate in the programme developing the themes of Law and Order, Safety on the Streets and Drugs Education.
The PSCHE programme promotes a greater awareness among students of equality of opportunity, the environment, family life and relationships, friendship, bullying and how this can be avoided, health and hygiene, issues surrounding disability, mental health, preparing for the future, drugs awareness, respect and tolerance. The PSCHE programme is planned around “Every Child Matters.”