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Curriculum at Bedale

The curriculum at Bedale High School is designed to promote a love of learning, thereby ensuring that all students become:

  • Successful learners;
  • Confident individuals;
  • Responsible citizens.

At Bedale High School, we aim to adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of all students and to provide them with exciting opportunities for development that extend beyond the classroom where possible. The focus is very much on enjoyment and engagement so that students are encouraged to develop the skills required for success in terminal examinations as well as becoming effective independent learners in order to make a successful transition onto post-16 courses or into the world of work.

Learning is shaped to ensure that all students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum throughout their time at Bedale, and this includes Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. Daily tutorial sessions, assemblies and an extra-curricular programme that includes an extended range of trips and visits augment this provision. Alternative Curriculum days offer students the chance to be immersed in specific learning activities or take part in enrichment sessions, and all of this is underpinned by a strong focus on provision for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education. This focus extends into support for the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In order to actively promote these values we would expect all staff, students and visitors to challenge opinions or behaviours seen or heard in school that are contrary to these values and to seek all opportunities to build students’ resilience to radicalisation and enable them to effectively challenge any kind of extremist view.

Expand one of the boxes below to see more about our curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4, or pick a subject for further information.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Students experience a broad range of subjects but there is a focus on developing the basics of English and Maths as these are central to future success across all other curriculum areas. Subjects studied are as follows:

  • English, Maths, Science, PE, ICT, Geography, History, PSHCE;
  • A modern foreign language (French or German);
  • Creative Arts (Music, Art, Drama);
  • Technology (Food,Resistant Materials).

Students are assessed in class on a regular basis and provided with specific feedback designed to help them improve. Likewise, summative assessments at each major Assessment Point are used in a formative way in order to accelerate progress. A structured programme of home learning also supports student progress and this is all recorded through “Show my Homework”.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9,10 and 11)

At the end of Y8, almost all students will progress onto one of three KS4 “pathways”:

  • Extended – an academic pathway designed to lead students onto a traditional A level programme at College or in Sixth Form;
  • Standard – followed by the majority of students, it is expected that this route will enable students to progress onto a traditional academic route at post-16 or onto a vocational course;
  • Supported – in conjunction with parents, a small number of students will be offered the opportunity of a reduced GCSE programme, leaving more time for support with literacy and numeracy. As with students on the standard pathway, most students will be expected to progress onto Post 16 courses or directly into employment.

All students will study the following compulsory GCSE Subjects:

  • English Language;
  • English Literature;
  • Mathematics;
  • Science (either Triple Science or a combined science award worth two GCSEs);
  • Citizenship Studies;
  • PSHCE;
  • Games;

Students will also have the opportunity to study either 3 or 4 of the following option subjects;

  • History;
  • Geography;
  • French;
  • German;
  • Computer Science;
  • ICT;
  • Art;
  • Music;
  • Drama;
  • Physical Education;
  • Textiles;
  • Food and Nutrition;
  • Resistant Materials;
  • Media Studies.

Assessment at KS4 is similar in nature to KS3 but with an increased focus on self-reflection. Prior to any tests or exams, there is an explicit focus on preparation, revision and organisation of learning. After significant tests or internal examinations, students will be asked to identify any gaps in their knowledge and understanding. As with KS3, students are expected to follow a strict programme of home learning that is designed to maximise progress and outcomes at GCSE level.

AllEnglish and MediaMaths and ICTScience and TechnologyHumanities and MFLCreative Arts and Health
Head of Faculty – Mr T Wild

Head of Faculty – Mr J Moulding

Head of Faculty – Mrs L McGuinness-Brown

Head of Faculty – Mr A Childe

Head of Faculty – Mrs L Lumsdon