The aims of our curriculum

Every student has the right to a curriculum that suits their needs, challenges their individual abilities, gives them every opportunity to experience success, and prepares them for work and life outside of school.

We aim

 to develop a curriculum which:

• Creates an aspirational high achievement culture.

• Takes into account individual needs allows everyone to experience success.

• Raises standards of attainment.

At Cottingham High School, we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that enables all young people to become:

• successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve

• confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives

• responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Academic Year 2018-2019

From September 2019

A broad and balanced curriculum

We aim to offer a broad, balanced and rich experience with a strong emphasis on core subjects that will equip them to be successful in a rapidly changing world. We cater for students who arrive with very different abilities and aptitudes and we aim to motivate all of them through to the end of Year 11 by providing a curriculum that provides challenge and encourages aspiration and is appropriate to their needs. We are committed to ensuring that the qualifications they achieve will enable them to access appropriate pathways on the next stage of their educational journey.
Our students experience, practise and develop a wide range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding. As well as meeting existing and new requirements in the core subjects, they also have opportunity to develop their own personal strengths and talents in a variety of ways.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

We teach Key Stage 3 (KS3) in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Our students study the core subjects of:

In Maths and English students begin their GCSE course in Year 9 so that the skills and content are developed over the three years.  In Science students complete the KS3 programme of study at Christmas of Year 9 and are then set based on prior attainment. Throughout the remainder of Year 9, all students follow the same programme of study, which is differentiated to their abilities. During this time students can choose whether to follow the AQA Double Award science course, or take separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

We offer a range of option choices to students at Key Stage 4 (KS4) including GCSEs in the core subjects studied at KS3 and a variety of other qualifications including BTEC, OCR National and NCFE Vocational Certificate. The vast majority of our students take a Double Award in Science with separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics available for students who select triple science as part of their options programme. The options process since September 2015 has introduced a clear framework of guided pathways for students with at least 50% of Y10 following the compulsory EBacc route.

Year 10

Students in Year 10 follow a strong core of English, Mathematics, Science, PE and RE for sixteen hours a week.  For the other nine hours a week they follow three option choice programmes that provide access to all Entitlement Areas including Computer Studies.  A small group of our most vulnerable students follow a Foundation Learning programme which, along with the core subjects and option choices, provides them with a quality vocational experience for one half day per week.

Personal development

Supporting the individual needs of our students is crucial to their own learning and success. Our aim is to develop thoughtful, responsible and informed young people who can make a contribution to the local, national and international community. It is therefore important that they develop an understanding of the wider community, and the traditional British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of people of all faiths, races and cultures so that they can be happy, healthy, responsible members of society.
Our personal development programme gives our KS3 and KS4 students the skills and knowledge they need to live and work in our multi-cultural society. It includes Careers Education, Work Experience and PSHCEE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education). At Key stage 3 PSHCEE is delivered in one lesson per week. At Key stage 4 the programme is delivered in through a number of planned themed days and events, each with a specific focus relevant to the age of the students.
We give our students the chance to take part in extra-curricular activities and educational visits. We offer opportunities across the whole curriculum to improve their numeracy, literacy, computer and enterprise skills. We also encourage their spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth.

The Consortium Academy Trust

The Consortium Academy Trust. Founded in September 2017 by Cottingham Academy Trust, The Hessle Academy Community Trust and Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College, has a shared history of over 25 years of working together through our Consortium Sixth Form partnership. The Trust aims to promote an environment of academic excellence, where exciting opportunities allow students to excel in all that they do, and leave prepared to achieve all their ambitions. Our 6th Form students can choose from over 35 subjects as part of our Consortium.  These include traditional linear A Levels, Level 3 BTEC National Certificates, Tech levels and Cambridge Technicals.

KS5 (Year 12 & 13)

We try to ensure that our Post-16 curriculum is accessible to, and appropriate, for as many of our Y11 students as possible by providing a range of A- level and BTEC qualifications.  Our aim is to enable students to progress to a range of aspirational pathways dependent upon their interests and academic ability. Students can combine academic subjects and more vocational or applied subjects but all are expected to study a minimum of 3 subjects. Most will be encouraged to study 4 subjects. This decision will be individual to the student and will be based on GCSE grades and personal circumstances.

For 2019 entry, we welcome applications from all students with 5 GCSE grades 9-5 including Maths and English. There are different entry requirements for different subjects as detailed in the Consortium prospectus. Students wishing to take Maths and Science A- Levels for example require a minimum grade 6 (Science) and 7 (Maths).

Students who enrol with at GCSE GPA below 5 will be expected to follow a BTEC or a mixed BTEC/A Level programme depending on their individual strengths and weaknesses. We also consider entry for students with 5 GCSE grades at 4+ but who have not achieved a minimum grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths. Students who have not achieved a good grade 4 equivalent in the core subjects will be timetabled to follow a full course working towards a GCSE Qualification in the sixth form. In 2018-9 they will have two opportunities (November and June) to re-sit these qualifications.

It is Consortium policy that students no longer sit external AS exams at the end of Y12, as these no longer count towards the final A Level grade. All students will however sit formal pre-public examinations (PPEs) in January and June and progression from Y12 to Y13 is dependent on success in these examinations and on the achievement of positive ‘Attitude to Learning scores’ in our regular internal progress checks. We would expect that in all but exceptional circumstances, students will continue with their 3 or 4 chosen subjects to complete the two-year linear course.

Students have four hours lessons per subject with their teacher and an additional one hour of timetabled independent study during which they must complete a defined piece of work. In addition, students have an hour of PSHCEE in Y12 and Y13. In Y13 this takes the form of individual monitoring interviews as soon as the UCAS process is completed in January.

Students in Years 12 and 13 have four additional timetabled study periods in the Independent Learning Centre. If any student is at risk of failing to complete a course successfully, they are required to attend the Independent Learning centre during any other ‘free’ periods to ensure that they do not fall further behind.

Full details of the courses on offer are available in the Sixth Form section in the online prospectus.