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Curriculum & Organisation


The school provides a rich, diverse and innovative curriculum, designed to enable each child to fulfil their own potential. Our curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, and physical development of students, and prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Our aim is to provide a broad education covering the full range of subjects in the lower school, gradually bringing in choice as students grow older and find areas in which they wish to specialise.

Parents are also provided with an outline of the study areas which are followed each term. This enables parents to better support their child. Parents are also given information about homework and where to find help and support if required.

Key Stage 3

The school aims to provide a broad, balanced, and relevant curriculum, which also follows the National Curriculum guidelines for the core and foundation subjects.

Year 7, 8 and 9 courses include: A Foreign Language (French or German – taking account of any preferences expressed by parents), Art, Design Technology (consists of work with food, fabrics, wood, metal and plastic), English, Geography, History, ICT, mathematics, Music, Physical Education, General Studies, Drama, and Science. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 follow the QCA matched Exploring Science programme of study. This course enables teachers to approach the subject in a flexible way, allowing teachers to differentiate to stretch the more able who will be able to study separate GCSE sciences. More able students will commence GCSE Biology, Physics and Chemistry from Year 9.

Extensive use is made of the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) to encourage students to read both for pleasure and for information.

Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Enterprise Education is delivered through a combination of taught curriculum time collectively called General Studies (1 period per week), and themed Curriculum Days. These days focus on important areas such as study skills, healthy lifestyles and relationships with others.

Students are placed in broad ability groups for Mathematics, Science and English and taught in mixed ability groups for the remaining subjects.

Key Stage 4

During Years 10 and 11 the focus is very much on students achieving their full potential at the end of their GCSE studies. Every member of the year group takes examinations. Most take at least eight subjects at GCSE, and most extend this by taking one or more additional subjects, including English Literature and Statistics. All students on entering Year 10 take the core subjects of English, mathematics and Science and complete a short course qualification in General Studies and ICT.

In Year 10 students will pursue a wide range of optional subjects some of which are Applied GCSE awards, and some of which have an equivalence of 2 or more GCSEs. The range of optional subjects available to students is discussed with students/parents in Year 9. All students complete GCSE General Studies in Year 10/11. Students are able to select 3 GCSE subjects at Key Stage 4 in addition to the core subjects.

From 2011 the Department for Education (DfE) are measuring the progress of students in five core subjects – mathematics, English, two Science qualifications, a Modern Foreign language and either Geography or History. A large proportion of our students study this programme, which is known as the English Baccalaureate. In conjunction with this programme, students are advised to take

at least two of the subjects named across Key Stage 4. However, this is not a compulsory requirement at Bedale High School and the range of subjects currently within the options programme include…

Creative/Performing Arts
GCSEs in Drama, Music or Art and Design.

Design and Technology
GCSEs in Product Design, Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Textiles, Hospitality and Catering.

GCSEs in History, Geography, Applied GCSE Leisure and Tourism (Double Award).

Modern Foreign Languages
GCSEs in French and German.

GCSE equivalent ICT, GCSE and BTEC PE, GCSE Health and Social Care, GCSE Child Development.

In addition to these examination subjects, 2-hours per week is devoted to Games and PE. A wide range of physical activities is available by the time students reach Year 11, including badminton and swimming in addition to mainstream sports taught lower down the school.

This innovative curriculum model allows for some students to complete courses early such as English, mathematics and Science.