Aims of our Curriculum
At Bedale High School, our ethos of ‘Courage, Commitment and Compassion’ is at the heart of everything we do. We aim to adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of all students and to provide them with developmental opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom. Through personalising the learning as much as possible, we strive to unlock the potential of all students and to maximise their progress through different pathways at KS4, (including a combination of both academic and vocational qualifications).
The focus is on having the highest expectations for all learners to nurture a commitment to their studies, while promoting high levels of engagement and enjoyment for all. Ultimately, we want to create students who are courageous and successful learners, confident individuals and compassionate citizens, so that all of our energies are directed towards these key goals. Our core values of having a positive commitment to learning, showing resilience and courage when learning is challenging, and being compassionate towards each other – are something we aim to instil in all students.
We believe in breadth of learning; the right of students to study maths, literature, history, geography, English, biology, chemistry, physics, art, textiles, music, drama, media, PSHE, RE, Citizenship, languages, computing, food and PE. We also believe in developing literacy and numeracy skills in preparing students for life after school, alongside celebrating sporting, artistic and musical achievements.
Our curriculum promotes spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development alongside creativity and academic work. Our curriculum also encourages students to develop transferable knowledge and make connections between subjects, while aiming to revisit content in a spiral-type curriculum model. We place great significance on PSHE and ensure every student has the opportunity to study this subject for an hour every week, over their five years at Bedale.
The subjects above form the basis of knowledge and skills that all students are entitled to learn. We believe that our curriculum gives our students the opportunity to develop some key life skills and to enable them to become part of an educated and productive community. Therefore, the overall intent of our curriculum is to maintain a range of learning experiences until the end of Year 8, and then to introduce an element of choice as we work to support the needs of each individual. This is further supplemented through an effective careers information, advice and guidance programme that runs through the school.
Overview of our Curriculum
Our curriculum is based around the National Curriculum 2014; however, our curriculum design has been developed further to ensure it suits the needs of all students within our local community. The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so that children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject. We use this as a basis but we firmly believe that a carefully planned and structured curriculum is the foundation upon which excellent learning and development is built. The curriculum is designed and implemented in such a way that it builds on prior knowledge and prepares students for the next stage in their education.
Development of numeracy, language and building knowledge are integral to our curriculum planning. Subject Leaders, who are experts in their subjects, carefully construct a curriculum that promotes a deep understanding of a wide range of topics. Teachers plan learning that allows students to embed and recall knowledge through techniques such as daily recall, interleaving of topics and spaced practice. This builds firm foundations for progression to the next level and exam success.
Please also use the links below to find out what our students are taught at KS3, KS4 and within different subject areas. There are also links to how we assess and report to parents throughout the academic year, along with an overview of our options process.
Outcomes of our Curriculum
At Bedale High School, our curriculum will:
- Ensure that the sequence of learning builds on previous knowledge whilst supporting future progression;
- Lead to qualifications that are of worth for employers and for entry to further and higher education;
- Enable all students to develop commitment and fulfil their true potential;
- Teach our students to be courageous and make brave choices;
- Meet the needs of students of all abilities at our school;
- Allow students to develop compassion and respect for their own and other cultures;
- Prepare students to compete in the global economy;
- Prepare students to make informed choices at the end of KS3, KS4 and beyond.
Since 2017 our GCSE outcomes have increased every year. This is due to some improvements in the quality of teaching and learning and also the development of a clear assessment for learning structure throughout GCSE’s. Students are taught how to revise and also given the opportunity to attend a variety of extra intervention and revision sessions. We are delighted with this improving trend in outcomes and these were recognised by Ofsted during our recent inspection in January 2019, below are some key headline measures but more details can be found at the DFE link: Compare School Performance Service
|Key measure||2017 outcomes||2018 outcomes||2019 outcomes||2020 outcomes|
|Progress 8 score||-0.11||+0.02||+0.16||+0.45|
|Attainment 8 score||45.8||46.5||47.1||48.6|
|% Grade 5+ in English & Maths||38%||40%||41%||46%|
|% Grade 4+ in English & Maths||63%||64%||66%||68%|
Please click below for more information on each subject area.
Creative Arts and Health
English and Media
Humanities and MFL
Maths and Computing
Science and Technology
If parents / carers would like to find out more information about the curriculum at Bedale High School, please contact Mr.Gill