What will I learn, and when will I learn it ?
At Sedgefield Community College, our curriculum focuses on the needs of the children in our school and providing all of our students with the broad and balanced educational experience that each individual is entitled to in order that they are able to achieve their full potential. Our curriculum is ambitious, aspirational and provides our students with opportunities to excel academically, gaining a range of high-quality qualifications when they leave the school. Of equal, if not of greater importance, we also ensure that the personal qualities, employability skills and cultural capital that are so crucial to personal success, are built progressively throughout a seamless five-year educational experience at our school.
At Sedgefield Community College, we recognise that it is only through achieving excellent examination performance and securing outstanding development of their wider personal qualities that our students can fully realise their enormous potential. We have designed a curriculum that supports both of these aims in a multitude of ways and these are summarised below:
Thinking Skills: We have a curriculum founded on our core belief that it is our role as a school to support our young people to be able to think in depth and with independence. Our innovative and highly successful approach to teaching and learning ensures that the progressive development of thinking skills is integral to the learning that takes place and further detail is provided later in the prospectus.
Literacy Development: We understand that the development of excellent literacy skills is a fundamental entitlement for all of our students. Without excellent literacy skills, children can not fully access the curriculum or unlock and then achieve their full potential. Across our school, all of our staff, irrespective of their subject area, recognise that they have a duty to embrace our whole school approach to literacy development. During their time at SCC, your child will develop strategies that will help them to read and decode complex texts with independence and verbally express their ideas with subtlety and sophistication.
Appreciating and Engaging with the Wider World: We ensure that the curriculum our students follow reflects the reality of the modern world in which they are growing up and will support them to both understand and thrive within this. A comprehensive programme of enrichment activities such as educational visits and guest speakers is entwined with our curriculum delivery during lessons. As well as this, we help our students to think for themselves as they make connections between the learning that takes place across each academic year and also across the full range of subjects that they study.
What subjects are part of our curriculum?
As indicated in the introduction, our curriculum is ambitious and aspirational and this is the case for all of our young people. We believe that all young people have an entitlement to study a broad and balanced curriculum and that this should ultimately result in students gaining high calibre and highly valued qualifications. Having achieved in subjects that are of such a standard, we know that our students leave us with the qualifications that will enable them to excel in the next stage of their educational journey and then on into their future lives.
Our curriculum does see all students have the opportunity to study subjects that would enable them to achieve the valued EBacc qualification by the time that they leave Y11. In addition to this, we also continue to offer a wide range of creative and practical subjects that enable us to realise the full potential of all of our young people. The arts are vibrant at Sedgefield Community College and whilst our students rightly have the opportunity to study what might be considered traditionally academic subjects, this is never at the expense of creative and more practical subjects that are also of such profound importance.
Finally, in order to give our students the capacity to thrive in the future, we appreciate that it is vital for them to understand the language of the digital world. All students are entitled to a curriculum that ensures this and therefore study Digital Literacy from Y7 to Y11 to ensure the digital skills they need are progressively developed.
How is our curriculum structured?
The educational journey of our students has started before their first day in Y7 at Sedgefield Community College and will continue long after they leave us at the end of Y11. During the five years that we have the privilege to shape their education, we endeavour to make this a seamless experience, with students developing their knowledge and skills progressively from one year to the next. Some schools focus on an artificial division between what takes place in KS3 and KS4, but to ensure rapid and sustained student progress, we strongly believe that our approach is the right one.
Y7 to Y9: When your children join us in Year Seven, our curriculum is designed to ensure that it both consolidates and rapidly moves beyond the curriculum that has been studied in their primary school. Where students need additional support, we provide this, but make sure that there is no possibility of a dip in learning as students move into their new school. By the end of Y8, we have ensured that the KS3 National Curriculum has been covered in depth and this allows us to use Y9 to go beyond the National Curriculum and ensure that your children leave KS3 in a position of enormous strength.
Y9 to Y11: As indicated, our curriculum in Y7 and Y8 allows us to be innovative with our approach in Y9, providing our students with opportunities to flourish and avoiding limiting their progress. We do see our students beginning to study the courses that they will study throughout this period and on which they will be examined at the end of their time with us. By allowing three academic years to study these courses, we ensure that there is genuine depth to the learning that takes place. Our young develop a level of understanding that will allow them to apply this with sophistication in external examinations and more importantly, for the rest of their lives. One of the primary roles of education, if not the greatest role, is to increase the opportunities afforded to young people, and ensuring excellent achievement enables us to fulfil this moral imperative.
Specific details of what is covered in each subject at any time in the school year can be found by viewing the Curriculum Overviews for the current academic year[P1] and then the subject you wish to find out more about.
Please note that due to the extended school closure, our teaching staff are carefully reviewing the existing curriculum overviews to ensure that these will best support the progress of all of our students as they return to daily schooling. With this in mind, the 20-21 Curriculum Overviews will be uploaded by the end of September 20, at the time we can be confident that no further adjustments to these need to be made.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development @ SCC / Promoting fundamental British values
We believe that our school is outstanding in the way in which it ensures the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our students. As part of this SMSC development, we ensure that students are supported to understand the four fundamental British values (democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance) and are therefore prepared for life in modern Britain. Should you wish to read a little more about this then click on button in the ‘What I will learn section’. Students follow a programme of SMSC lessons that comprises session in careers, citizenship and PSHE. These SMSC lessons take place on a fortnightly basis and the programme for the current academic year is available via the link below.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Sedgefield Community College, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
Further information can be found in the Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum section of the SEND Information Report. If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
Questions? – who to contact
Whilst we have made every effort to provide parents with lots of information about the Sedgefield curriculum we appreciate that parents may still occasionally have a question. In this situation parents are advised to contact the college either by telephone or email and ask to speak with:
Mr C Hutton (Deputy Headteacher – Curriculum and Standards)
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