We believe that it is important for students to follow a broad and balanced curriculum throughout their school lives, particularly up to the age of 16. The idea is certainly reflected in the Ousedale curriculum, and will be increasingly relevant in a constantly changing scene for employment and Further Education.
We believe the whole curriculum provides opportunities for the development of personal and social skills. All subject areas aim to contribute to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students in an environment that promotes British values. The curriculum also reflects acknowledgement of our responsibilities towards developing student health and well-being. In this way our curriculum and pastoral systems work together to support the progress of all students.
KEY STAGE 3
Our curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 (the first three years at Ousedale) for all students covers English, Maths, Science, Computing and Digital Applications, Technology, Art, Music, Drama, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal Development. Students will be able to choose some options in the Arts and Technology for their Year 9 study. Detailed curriculum overviews are displayed for each year group in the menu on the right of this page.
KEY STAGE 4
In Years 10 and 11 a degree of choice is available within a broad curriculum framework. The choices are made in Year 9 by students and their parents, in consultation with subject and form tutors. The majority of students take GCSE Religious Studies however parents wishing to withdraw their children from studies involving Religious Education should contact Mrs Wheatland, Senior Assistant Headteacher.
Assessment of all students' progress is carried out regularly, and is used to review grouping arrangements in subjects which are organised into ability sets. These are kept as flexible as possible to allow students to change according to progress.
Details of the KS4 courses and curriculum overviews are available in the menu opposite.
A Prospectus for the Sixth Form is published annually in the late Autumn Term and can be downloaded from the Sixth Form section of the website.
Every other half term students take part in enrichment activities on Wednesday afternoons. Please see the link below for more details:
For any further information regarding the curriculum, please contact Nicola Wheatland, Senior Assistant Headteacher.
Updated May 2019