Curriculum Statement

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At Kepier, we offer a broadly traditional curriculum.  We closely follow the national curriculum, as we believe it provides the basis for a broad, balanced and inspirational curriculum.

The school day at Kepier consists of 6 x 50 minute teaching periods, across 5 days per week. There is a 20 minute coaching (tutor group) session at the start of every morning, for every learner. One of these sessions is used for a weekly year group assembly.

With the exception of maths, learners are placed into mixed ability classes in years 7, 8 and 9. In years 10 & 11, learners are placed into parallel bands, within which they are set by academic ability in maths and science, and at the discretion of department leaders in the remaining subjects.

We closely monitor learners’ attainment and attitudes to learning, and make changes to classes where we deem it necessary.

Typical Y7 and Y8 curriculum

Subject Minimum number of 50 minute sessions per week
English 5
Maths 5
Science 5
French 2
Geography 2
History 2
PE 2
Technology 2
Art or Music (one in Y7, the other in Y8) 1
ICT 1
PSHE 1
Cultural Studies (RE) 1
Reading 1

Typical Y9 curriculum

Subject Minimum number of 50 minute sessions per week
English/Reading 5
Maths 5
Science 5
French 2
Geography 2
History 2
PE 2
Technology 2
Art 1
ICT 1
Music 1
Curriculum for Life (PSHCE/RE) 1
Work Skills 1

Our KS4 curriculum is focused on learners having a balanced and challenging programme of study to ensure they can successfully progress to the next stage of their academic, vocational or technical studies.

All learners study the core curriculum of English, English literature, maths, statistics, science (combined science or biology, chemistry & physics), geography or history and PE. Curriculum for life lessons are delivered to all learners in KS4, to develop a range of relevant skills and knowledge, and to support them in making a successful transition to post-16 pathways.

Beyond this, learners have a range of options to ensure their curriculum pathway appropriately matches their needs.

Typical Y10 & Y11 (KS4) curriculum

Subject Minimum number of 50 minute sessions per week
English Language & English Literature 6
Maths & Statistics 6
Science (Combined or Separate Sciences) 6
Geography or History 3
Option 1 (French, if on EBacc pathway) 3
Option 2 3
PE 2
Curriculum for Life 1

KS4 Options

Option blocks are created subject to learner demand. Where numbers opting for courses are too small, these courses may not run. A detailed list of the qualifications we are currently delivering, including course codes and syllabus numbers, can be found on our website under Curriculum/Key Stage 4 Course Information.

EBacc Pathway

Here at Kepier, all learners who have shown the potential to be successful in French GCSE are required to continue with the subject until the end of year 11. This is not to satisfy government targets, it is because we believe that this highly valued, rigorous and demanding qualification supports the all-round academic development of those learners. Most schools in England adopt a similar approach.

The learners who follow the EBacc pathway at Kepier receive one less option choice than those who follow our Core pathway. This does not limit future study or career choices. In fact, learners who achieve a strong set of grades on our EBacc pathway, will almost certainly be able to access their preferred post-16 courses and pathways.

In addition to our timetabled provision, Kepier offers a broad range of extra-curricular opportunities including music, drama, dance and a variety of sports. We believe that these activities are just as important as our compulsory offer and we actively encourage participation from our learners.

We hope this gives you an overview of the curriculum at Kepier, and our approaches to delivering a well-rounded and challenging education for all of our learners.

If you have any questions about our curriculum, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mr Langley, Assistant Principal.

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