Curriculum Description

Curriculum Description

Curriculum Description

2017-18 provision

Current curriculum provision is based upon a timetable of 50, 1 hour teaching periods over a 2 week cycle.

All pupils have access to the PSHCE curriculum via weekly timetabled pastoral tutorials.

Click here for the 2017/18 Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3

KS3 provides a broad and balanced curriculum that is accessible to all pupils. All pupils in years 7 have a curriculum allocation of Opening Minds - a competency based curriculum based upon RSA skills.

A year 7 nurture programme was established to meet the individual learning needs of some of our most vulnerable young learners. The group experiences daily numeracy and literacy lessons and follows a transitional curriculum that ensures the transition from Primary school to Secondary is smooth and effective. Pupil progress is monitored on a half-termly basis and allows the flexibility for students to return to learning with their tutor group part way through the year if appropriate for their individual needs.

In Year 9, we continue to encourage a broad and balanced curriculum with all students studying all subject as we feel that it is very important to prepare our students for life and not just the public exams at the end of year 11.

As part of the options selection process, all year 9 students receive an individual 1-2-1 appointment with a senior member of staff to discuss their future aspirations and subject selections. As part of this process, all students have the opportunity to request an appointment with our Independent Careers Guidance Councillor to explore any opportunities to study courses not offered by Malbank. The Independent Careers Guidance Councillor has a high profile presence at the Year 9 Options Information Evening, allowing students and parents free access to that independent support and guidance.

Key Stage 4

Key stage 4 provides a broad and balanced curriculum that allows all pupils an increasingly personalised choice of study pathways. In Year 10, pupils can follow a traditional pathway of predominately level 2 qualifications from 4 option pools, including GCSE and vocational awards.

2017-18 is the last year where year 11 students may choose from a range of specialist pathways, accessing a vocationally based curriculum delivered in partnership with local FE providers. These specialised courses include:

·         Hair & Beauty, Animal Care, Motor Vehicle Studies and Food and Drink Manufacturing (Level 2)

·         Vocational Opportunities Programmes in Hair & Beauty, Horticulture, Agriculture, Construction, Motor Vehicle maintenance and Animal Care (Level 1).

Post 16

Post 16, pupils have access to a wide range of level 3 qualifications within 4 option pools. The majority of students study 4 level 3 qualifications in year 12. In addition, all Y12 pupils have access to level 3 qualifications in the form of the EPQ as well as Law, Philosophy and Critical Thinking as well as level 2 qualifications in English Language and Mathematics and a wide variety of enrichment activities during Option K.

Option K

Option K is an exciting and innovative initiative to offer an increasingly personalised 14-19 curriculum to all pupils in years 10 to 13. Two lessons per fortnight are devoted to Option K on a Wednesday afternoon. Pupils choose from a variety of courses that they study for 1 year only, with pupils from Years 10-13 study alongside each other within the same teaching groups. From its inception in 2008, Option K has been pupil centred in its approach. Pupil voice was consulted about the development and implementation of all current courses.

Courses range from non-accredited enrichment activities to more formal courses. Courses available within Option K have included:

  • Computer programming
  • AS Decision Maths modules
  • Expressive Arts 
  • Performance Dance
  • Creative writing
  • Fashion & the arts
  • Politics
  • Sports Leadership
  • Recreational Sport
  • Psychology
  • Rock School
  • Work Experience
  • Photography
  • Philosophy
  • Supervised study
The last day of term is Wednesday the 18th December 2019 - Students will depart at 13:30