The Curriculum 2022-23
Curriculum Leader: Mr A Abbass
Tel: 01253 876757
At Fleetwood High School, we ensure learners thrive. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum at each Key Stage, which is both diverse and enriching and ensuring their potential is achieved, leading to progress on to appropriate career pathways and success in all aspects of their future lives. Our curriculum is aimed at ensuring our students, from all starting points, master a body of knowledge and skills that will fully prepare them for their life when they leave school. The fundamental modern British values of democracy, liberty and rule of law are promoted, with mutual respect and tolerance towards different faiths and a rejection of extremism. Religious education is broadly Christian with principles of ‘SACRE’ in mind.
The curriculum has been designed with clear statements of what students should know and be able to do at each point of their school journey to enable them to successfully progress on to the next stage of the curriculum. The curriculum is tiered sequentially to build on previous learning and regular Question Level Analysis allows teachers to identify knowledge and skill gaps to address through future teaching. Curriculum content and delivery is adapted in all subjects to better meet the learning needs of SEN students with ‘Cognitive and Learning’ needs.
The curriculum is reviewed annually to ensure it remains fit for purpose. This ongoing review involves senior leaders and subject leaders to achieve a shared curriculum vision and establish agreed principles.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 is aimed at giving students a fully rounded and enriching experience which equips them with the knowledge and skills needed for GCSE and beyond. This includes inspiring lessons of English, Maths, Science, Humanities, French, Art, Computing, Design Technology, Music, Performing Arts and PE. Knowledge retention and exam resilience are promoted throughout.
Students will continue to study all EBacc subjects in some form until the end of Year 9, ensuring all students cover KS3 national curriculum and are equipped with the required cultural capital to enable them to be successful in their career and their life. Many of our students, including disadvantaged, benefit from additional focus in closing knowledge gap, in preparation for their GCSE courses, given that some receive less support in acquiring knowledge at home than others in areas of lower deprivation.
Additionally, students study Physical Education, Computing and PSHE including Healthy living, Relationships and Sex Education and Career Guidance, which is further supported by Employment and College experience involving our main providers; Blackpool & Fylde College and Blackpool Sixth Form and a programme of careers interviews. We ensure our comprehensive extra-curricular programme incorporates sporting, cultural and aspiration building dimensions and is targeted and monitored to ensure appropriate take up from all sections of the student body, particularly those who are disadvantaged.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4, our objective is for students to thrive in their Further Education Courses, and Higher-Level Studies, including those delivered by Universities. All are provided a comprehensive independent careers advice and guidance in advance of, and after, making their option choices.
All learners develop an appropriate body of knowledge and a skill set in English, Maths and Science, to independently learn and regularly apply higher order thinking skills. The Curriculum challenges and supports students in reaching potential on all routes towards their aspirations and chosen professions. Most students study E-Bacc subjects of History or Geography; many continue to do so Post 16. Modern Foreign Language uptake is now growing; along with French, we deliver Spanish in KS3 and as a 2022 GCSE Option. Further options include the GCSE Design Technology subjects of Art, Food Technology, Graphics and Resistant Materials along with Computer Science, Drama and Religious Education. Dependent on future career interests, vocational options include the BTEC courses of Business & Enterprise, Creative Media and Digital Information Technology and also the Performing Arts subjects of Dance and Finally, the offer of Health & Social Care and PE provide a practical approach to learning, compared to exam-based academic subjects.
Being mindful of the most recent Labour Market Information (through Lancashire Enterprise Partnership) regarding Sectors with greater demand in our Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre travel-to-work area, GCSE and vocational qualifications are studied which allow students an excellent route into specific College courses and Work-based Apprenticeships. We have strong uptake in GCSE Triple Science, Food Technology and Construction, along with Health/Social Care and Business Studies. These complement 5 of the sectors with large predicted demand over the next few years (‘Scientific/Technical’, ‘Administrative’, ‘Construction’, ‘Food Services’ and ‘Health & Social Care’).
An alternative curriculum is designed for the needs of learners who require further time to develop their skills and focus on resilience, teamwork and independent skills. Literacy, Numeracy and a variety of engaging qualifications are taught through project-based learning. Additional provision is offered on a needs basis for learners who would benefit from a more vocationally-based setting, such as Hair & Beauty with Blackpool & The Fylde College and Motor Vehicle delivered through the McKee Centre. Those on such courses flourish and, recently, our students have won the North West Community Impact Award and the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award at Blackpool & Fylde College. Students at risk of permanent exclusion access be-spoke alternative curriculum either in school (AP3 or AP4), at an alternative provider or a combination of the two.
Oracy, literacy and reading are developed in all subject areas to ensure students from all backgrounds build up the vocabulary needed to fully access all curriculum areas.
Teaching for memory is a key focus of the curriculum to ensure that key knowledge is retained and can be applied to different contexts as appropriate. Interleaved Retrieval Practice is delivered throughout the curriculum along with a range of other approaches to facilitate knowledge retention. Years 7 and 8 have weekly knowledge tests in form period which re-enforce knowledge from across the curriculum. Students learn multiple strategies to support their retention of learning including the creation of knowledge & skills organisers and development of their own mind maps.
The school will always make curriculum decisions which are in the best interests of keeping young people in education, fulfilling their potential, preparing them for life and progressing them on to appropriate career pathways, rather than making decisions which would maximise performance table points for the school.