The curriculum at Great Sankey High school is reviewed annually. In Key Stage 3, there is a broad and balanced curriculum ensuring that all students experience the breadth of subjects, delivered by subject specialists.
Key Stage 3 encompasses Years 7 and 8. There are opportunities for those students who need extra literacy support and numeracy support to receive this. As a school we are keen to enable students to experience as many different subjects and create pathways through key stages 3, 4 and 5 so that aspiration is high and individual needs are met.
Year 9 is our Foundation Year for GCSE. We start to use the terminology and to introduce GCSE work into our lessons. This allows students to gain not just excellent subject knowledge, but a true understanding of what GCSE will be like in the subjects they are studying, which in turn helps them to make the right decisions at Guided Options.
Key Stage 4 offers students a wide variety of option subjects alongside core subjects. We are committed to enable every young person to aim high and study subjects which will help them to achieve long after they leave the school. There is a programme in place to help students to make these important choices which range from a Guided Options Evening, a UCAS sessions led by college tutors in which students look at the world of higher education and research some of the 50,000+ courses on offer, to an individual interview with a member of the leadership team at school. This year we have re-launched our highly successful Automotive Engineering course in Years 9 and 12. We are incredibly proud of our work alongside the RAC in our RAC centre on site.
At Key Stage 5 we welcome, on average, 70+% of Year 11 students and an increasing number of students from other secondary schools. The College curriculum offers progression routes from Key Stage 4 courses. There is, once again, a large variety of courses, both academic and vocational. Each vocational course is sponsored by an employer and students are guaranteed an interview upon successful completion of this course. There is also a 3 into 3 course which allows students who do not achieve the grades to progress onto level 3 courses to have a College Foundation Year to improve and add to their level 2 qualifications. We are currently developing opportunities for KS5 students from both the school and the wider community to study relevant qualifications alongside the RAC in partnership with the school and College. Courses such as Level 3 Automotive, an Automotive Engineering TechBacc and Day Release courses for mechanics will form the basis of the offer, alongside Customer Service courses with RAC placements. The College also offers enrichment opportunists for all students to ensure that their applications to university and employers are enriched by additional courses, competitions and qualifications such as the Bar National Mock Trial and the Extended Project Qualification.
If you would like to know more about our curriculum please contact Ms Beswick, Deputy Head, firstname.lastname@example.org