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Curriculum

"The curriculum will provide uncompromising academic challenge alongside a rich cultural experience."

Alice Hudson, Executive Headteacher

The curriculum is likely to replicate the very successful model adopted at both Twyford CofE High School and William Perkin CofE High School.

This model places a high premium on academic success and therefore takes an intelligent approach to achievement. Core subjects (English, Maths, Science, Languages, History, Geography and RE) are all taught formally as separate subject specialisms.

Students are taught in sets for these subjects according to their ability and to the progress they make. Students who do particularly well in languages will have a chance to take a second language from Year 8. Students will begin their GCSE studies in Year 9 and will have the option of studying iGCSEs in the core subjects as these are more challenging courses that offer better preparation for A-Level.

Here are some of the topics students currently cover during their first two years in their core subjects:

  • English: Private Peaceful, Shakespeare Plays, Poetry, Greek Myths, Gothic literature, Chaucer.
  • Maths: Sequences, Shapes and Measurement, Linear Equations, Probability, Algebra, Graphs, Transformations.
  • Science: Organs, Healthy Living, Matter, Energy and Forces, Ecology, Acids and Bases, Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Light and Sound, Mechanics, Reproduction.
  • Languages: French, Latin (from Year 7) and German (from Year 8) vocabulary and grammar topics.
  • History: Medieval Kings, the Tudors, the Stuarts, Empire, Industrial Revolution.
  • Geography: How water shapes our world, World population, Settlements, Britain, Weather, Tourism, Brazil, Ecosystems.
  • RE: Judaism, Life and Works of Jesus, Islam, Inspirational People, Interfaith Issues, Young Philosophers, The Passion, Social Concern.

Our enrichment curriculum allows students to develop their creative skills and follow their particular aptitudes in Music, Art, Drama and Sport.

You can find out more about our approach to the curriculum in the Twyford Trust's Curriculum Policy.

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Extra curricula

In our schools we put a lot of emphasis on extra-curricular/wider learning activities. Additional enrichment activities take place in a programme of after-school classes for students who are gifted and talented in particular areas.

The School will provide a range of extra-curricular music activities including instrumental tuition. Students may have paired or group lessons in piano, vocals, guitar, percussion, brass and woodwind instruments.

We will also aim to run sports teams in major sports (Netball, Hockey, Tennis, Football, Rugby, Cricket and Basketball).

For older students, we aim to provide a range of vocational learning experiences. All students take part in a work experience programme. There will be an ongoing careers programme for students in all year groups in partnership with Connexions and outside providers such as Ealing Business Partnership.

We expect to provide a range of residential visits including outward bound-type experiences and language exchanges.

The school year ends with “Activities Week” when residential trips take place. However, for students who stay at home there are challenges also, including creative/community projects and local visits.

Wider Community

Responsible behaviour within the school community shapes our relationship with the wider community. Our understanding of our relationship with the wider community is informed by the parable of the ‘sheep and the goats’ within its message of social responsibility. Each House identifies its own charity, which may be national or local, and will undertake fundraising for this.

Enterprise

The Twyford ethic is to be enterprising. We give students the opportunity, within class and through extra-curricular programmes, to take the initiative. The story which we utilise to exemplify our attitude to enterprise is the Parable of the Stewards. Each house has its own annual ‘enterprise day’ and the students are expected to work together in a business-like way on projects to promote the work of its charity and to fundraise. All staff are attached to a house and support the students in leading these activities. A spirit of enterprise is very important to our students as they move into upper school and think about their own future pathways. Programmes of speakers from industry and Higher Education will encourage students to think about the direction they would like to take and the initiatives they may want to develop to ensure they are well positioned for future success. All students will undertake work experience in Year 10 and will be expected to consider work placements after GCSE.

Engagement and Celebration

The Twyford Trust ethic is one of high engagement. Our Trust motto is ‘I have come that you should have life and life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). Our school day is a very full one and also includes after-school clubs and activities to further challenge our students. Successful students will learn to make productive use of their time and seize every opportunity to develop themselves fully. The house system promotes healthy competition – with inter-house sports and music competitions after the end of the school day. From Year 7, students will learn that to be fully engaged is to get more out of life. Heads of Year will take the lead in ensuring that all students engage with the wider life of the school as well as making very good progress academically. Each term ends with a celebration assembly – but achievements are also given a high profile through weekly Head of Year Assemblies. Termly Celebration of Learning events take place for parents to engage with student successes.

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Assessment

Individual Knowledge of Your Child

At our schools, each child is known as an academic individual through careful diagnostic testing. Using this information, challenging targets are set that are effectively communicated and then evaluated at key points during the year. A well-constructed whole school assessment system allows our students to take control of their learning and make personal assessments of their progress. There are two formal exam weeks in December and June, assessing all completed work to date in the core subjects (English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities). In addition to this, there are regular Standardised Assessments with grades made accessible to parents. More detailed information relating to these Standardised Assessments can be found on Copia (our e-learning environment).

Effective Communication with Parents

This is integral to the success of any school. Parents will receive Termly Reports that provide information on effort and achievement in all subjects and at the end of the year, a full report will be produced. Parents will be expected to attend all Information Evenings and Parent Consultation Evenings. In addition to these formal reporting systems, parents can access information relating to conduct points, attendance and punctuality data via Copia. Each week, parents will review and sign their child's diary which will contain key information relating to that week. Personal communication with your child's Tutor and Head of Year will be vital in supporting your child. To support this process there will be a Target Setting Meeting in September between student, parent and tutor.

Independent Learning

Independent learning is critical to the success of your child at GCSE and A-Level. It is our philosophy to develop the required skills within each subject as soon as students join the school. From day one of Year 7, there will be a 15 minute lesson preparation task set in each lesson – that means 5 tasks set per day. Longer pieces of assessed homework in the form of essays, projects, assessments and presentations will also be set fortnightly. The combination of lesson preparation tasks, to be completed each evening, and longer more developed pieces of work will ensure your child develops the independent learning habits required to succeed as they develop academically. Each core subject will outline a series of tasks to be completed independently of school. These will be called Level 4 Tasks and are designed to stretch students and encourage curiosity within each subject.

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