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    Curriculum

    At Dormers Wells High School we offer a balanced curriculum that will help students to:

    • achieve high standards and make excellent progress
    • more easily make progress based on ability not age and to be able to enter students for public examinations when they are ready rather than being dictated by age
    • have and be able to use high quality functional skills, including key literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
    • be challenged and stretched to achieve their potential
    • celebrate human achievements in the creative arts, science, sport, technology and computing, literature, languages, and the humanities
    • understand and value the interdependence of individuals, races, religions and countries
    • prepare for adult life at home, at work, at leisure and in the community to which they belong
    • develop self-respect, a tolerant attitude, a set of moral values and beliefs that includes respect for others
    • have a sense of adventure and purpose and an ability to deal with failure and success
    KEY STAGE 3 - YEARS 7 AND 8

    All students have access to a similar course of study. The hours per subject per fortnight are as follows:

    SUBJECTS SUBJECT HOURS
    English  8
    Mathematics 7
    Science  7
    Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish) 4
    Physical Education    4
    Geography 3
    History 3
    Design and Technology 3
    Art  2*
    Drama  2*
    Music   2*
    CPHSE 2
    Religious Education 2
    Computing 1

    Year 7 art, drama and music are taught on a rotation in for one term at a time for 6 lessons a fortnight. This equates to 2 lessons a fortnight over a whole year.

    A literacy based curriculum is also offered for targeted students in year 7. These students study a core of English, mathematics, science, games, the arts and technology. In addition they follow an enhanced literacy course through the medium of foundation subjects.

    KEY STAGE 4 - YEARS 9, 10 AND 11

    During the spring term of years 8 and 9, students in those year groups are given careful guidance in helping them decide which subjects they wish to study for the next year. Students in year 9 receive similar guidance to decide their courses for years 10 and 11. The guidance students receive on their choice of courses involves parents, teaching staff, tutors and careers advisers. Most subjects lead to the GCSE examination, but there are some vocational courses at a comparable level.

    Year 9 students study the core subjects of English language and literature, mathematics, science, computing, PE, RE and CPSHE.

    In addition, students choose two from the following option subjects:

    SUBJECTS
    Arts Business Computing
    Design and Technology EAL  French
    Geography GCSE Health and Social Care Humanities 
    PE/Sports Leader BTEC Music     

    Years 10 and 11 students study the core subjects of English language and literature, mathematics, science, PE, RE and CPSHE.

    In addition, students choose three from the following option subjects:

    SUBJECTS
    Art Art Textiles ASDAN
    Business Education  Computing Drama
    English as an Additional Language  French Food Technology 
    Geography  Graphic Products Health and Social Care
    History  Horticulture  Media Studies
    Music PE Photography
    Religious Studies Sociology Spanish
    Textiles Triple Science