Every individual has the ability to learn, so the curriculum aims not only to maximise but also increase this ability and meet the needs of all pupils regardless of where they currently are. It is designed to provide opportunity for unrestricted progress in all subject areas at all levels.
As independent schools we ensure that our curriculum conforms to UK Independent Schools Standards Regulations 2012 requirements in the context of the aims of the schools.
Using the National Curriculum as a framework, we focus on a core range of subjects and ensure pupils experience linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human, social, physical, aesthetic and creative education. Within this, the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of every child is fostered and the mediums of delivering the curriculum facilitate the acquiring of skills required to learn, as well as specific knowledge and understanding.
Academic achievement is important and we want every student to really do their best. It is important that they leave school with grades that will reflect their true ability and open doors in and for the future. We provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced and rigorous; one that offers students the opportunity to understand a subject beyond what is required to merely pass an exam.
To achieve this, we encourage a creative, innovative approach that develops a lively and interesting learning environment which in turn inspires students to engage with and enjoy the subjects being taught.
The Primary Phase of the Focus school network begins in year 3 and ends at year 6, at which point the pupils transfer to our secondary campuses. In the Primary Phase, students make significant progress across a broad and balanced curriculum including the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, as well as a wide range of foundation subjects. This is supported by quality first teaching and rigorous, formative assessment.
There is a focus on using assessment data to establish what level of work students are able to produce, and this information is used effectively to plan for and deliver the next teaching and learning steps.
The national expected levels of attainment provide a benchmark for the minimum that pupils should achieve, but a high percentage of students exceed these levels. This is achieved through a supportive and encouraging environment and a belief that all pupils can, and should, reach their full potential in everything they do.
There is a positive culture of collaboration and team working evident amongst staff and a professional attitude to school improvement. New initiatives are creating an awareness amongst staff and students of the need to be creative and innovative in approaches to both teaching and learning.
Tracking the progress of individual students over time is a critical factor in our management of teaching and learning, so the recording, analysis and use of accurate and reliable data is absolutely essential.
Our schools use a triangular approach to confirm the data, including teacher assessment, work evidence and formally assessed and moderated attainment.
This occurs throughout the key stages, providing a picture of progress over time that can be compared with both other schools in the Focus group and national statistics.
This enables intervention to be provided at an early stage and helps to ensure that each and every student stays on track with their true learning potential.