We aim to make sure all students receive a broad and well-balanced education enriched by a wide range of experiences. We aim to challenge all of our students and to help them make the best progress possible. Recent reforms to the national curriculum, GCSEs and to assessment processes have resulted in significant changes to schemes of work and assessment arrangements in school; your child is very much on a five year journey with us and we place great emphasis on preparing them well both for the next stage of their education and their lives beyond school.
As you may be aware, we operate a two week timetable, referred to as red and blue weeks. There are 25, 1 hour lessons per week and each day begins with a 15 minute registration period in tutor groups. We have a vertical tutoring system, which means that there are students from years 7 to 11 in each group. Each tutor group belongs to a House; Bowden, Combs, Hollins or Kinder. Alongside these groups we often run specific intervention tutor groups for students who require additional input. These can be for a period of a few weeks or last the whole year. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for running activities within the group and for mentoring those in younger years. There are many inter-tutor competitions to encourage students to participate and enjoy school activities.