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 2016-2017

From September 2016

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

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

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, NCFE Vocational Certificate and CACHE. 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 fifteen hours a week.  For the other ten hours a week they follow four 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.

Year 11

Students in Year 11 follow one of two routes. These are:
• English Baccalaureate (Route 1)
• Optional English Baccalaureate (Route 2)

English Baccalaureate (Route 1)

This route comprises four option choices available in addition to the core areas. One of these choices has to be French or German. Students on this route must also choose from either Geography or History as their second choice.

Optional English Baccalaureate (Route 2)

Students on this route have four option choices in addition to the core subjects. One of their choices must be history or geography. They study these subjects along with their core of English, Mathematics, PE and RE.

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

The Consortium is a well-established and successful sixth form partnership between three distinct East Riding schools: Cottingham High School, Hessle High School and Wolfreton School.  Our 6th Form students can choose from over 35 subjects as part of our consortium.  These include AS and A2, Applied A-Levels, BTEC and OCR Level 2 courses.

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 and take one to AS level. This decision will be individual to the student and will be based on GCSE grades and personal circumstances.

For 2017 entry, we welcome applications from all students with 5 GCSE grades A *-C (new 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 B (New grade 6).

We also consider entry for students with 5 GCSE grades A* -C but who have not achieved a minimum grade 5 in GCSE English or Maths. Students who have not achieved a good grade C equivalent in these core subjects will be timetabled to follow a full course working towards a GCSE Qualification in the sixth form. In 2016-7 they will have two opportunities (November and June) to re-sit the legacy specification exams.

The vast majority of students start with four subjects in Y12 and continue with their best three in Y13. On occasion a student is permitted to drop to three subjects in Y12 if they are struggling with workload or are having no success with a particular subject. They are then required to attend the Independent Learning centre during their ‘freed’ time to ensure that they do not fall further behind.

It is current Consortium policy for students to sit AS exams in all of their subjects at the end of Y12 during the two-year period of phased reform of A Levels. This decision was taken to minimise disruption to established patterns of assessment during this period of transition and provide students with externally validated results upon which to base their decision about their subject choices for Y13. This policy will be reviewed for 2018. 

In Year 13, most students take three subjects at A Level although some more able students will continue with four. Entry to Year 13 and A Level study is dependent on students having positive ‘Attitude to Learning scores’ in our regular internal progress checks and AS grade pass grades in the subjects they wish to continue.
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.

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