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Parents & Carers

Curriculum

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We aim to ensure that all students receive an education that is broadly based, relevant and tailored to fit the needs of the individual student.

In most subjects, students are taught in groups, which reflect their aptitude and ability. Students currently follow a 50-lesson fortnight with each lesson lasting one-hour.

For further details regarding any aspect of the curriculum please see the individual subject department pages

KS3 ASSESSMENT & REPORTING

Our departments set assessments for KS3 students which are rigorous in nature and designed to reflect the demands of KS4 assessment. These assessments are delivered at key points in the academic year and, along with class work, practical work and homework, they inform our termly KS3 progress reporting.

At Stalham High our departments have established success criteria which help to prepare students for the demands of GCSE examinations and life beyond school. 

Target Grades/Progress Bands

Students in Years 7 and 8 are still several years away from their GCSE examinations and it would not be right or fair to issue them with specific target grades at this point in their education. However, we do wish to enable students and parents to ‘benchmark’ their progress to some extent. Consequently, students have been issued with Progress Bands*. These provide broad targets which indicate which final grades students should aim to achieve by the end of Year 11 and relate to the GCSE grades 9-1 (where 9 is the highest possible grade and 1 is the lowest, with grade 4 being referred to as a standard pass and grade 5 a strong pass).

Progress Bands in Year 7 and 8 span 3 grades and will be the same for each subject a student studies. These bands are based on prior attainment data from KS2 and provide a minimum point which students should be aiming for. For example, a student may be allocated a Progress Band of 3-5, 4-6, 7-9 etc. The Progress Band is by no means a ‘ceiling’ and we would never seek to limit a child’s potential. Indeed, with hard work and support, many of our students have exceeded their targets in the past.

As students progress throughout the school and we get to know them better, we will adjust the Progress Bands in order to ensure they are as accurate and useful as possible. The bands will narrow to a range of 2 grades in Year 9 (eg. 4-5, 7-8 etc.) and each student will be issued with a single grade as a minimum target for each of their GCSE subjects when they reach Year 10*. At this point, the grade may be different for each subject.

Reports to parents will include a comment for each subject as follows:

Making expected progress / Making above expected progress / Working towards expectations. This comment will be generated using assessments of your child’s current standards of work and will reflect whether your child is on track to achieve grades within the progress band.

Assessment data is compiled in our electronic markbooks which allow departments to track student progress and stage intervention when necessary.

*Please note that due to the disruption caused by Covid-19 we will delay the setting of Progress bands for Y7 and the narrowing of bands for Years 9 and 10 until January 2021. This provides time for students to settle back into school routines and for teachers to assess their progress appropriately and accurately before making these decisions. 

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KS4 ASSESSMENT & REPORTING

Our departments set assessments for KS4 students which are rigorous in nature and designed to reflect the demands of GCSE and alternative KS4 qualifications. These assessments are delivered at key points in the academic year and, along with class work, practical work and homework, they inform our termly KS4 progress reporting.

The recent reform of GCSE qualifications and introduction of the 9-1 grading system have challenged schools to adapt the content and format of curriculum and assessment models in order to best prepare students for these examinations and life beyond school. At Stalham High our departments have established success criteria and a programme of regular and rigorous assessments which are marked against these criteria. 

Target grades/Progress bands

 

Students in Year 9 are issued with Progress Bands*. These provide broad targets which indicate which final grades students should aim to achieve by the end of Year 11 and relate to the GCSE grades 9-1 (where 9 is the highest possible grade and 1 is the lowest, with grade 4 being referred to as a standard pass and grade 5 a strong pass).

Progress Bands in Year 9 span 2 grades and will often be the same for each subject a student studies. These bands are based on prior attainment data from KS2 and KS3 and provide a minimum point which students should be aiming for. For example, a student may be allocated a Progress Band of 4-5, 6-7 etc. The Progress Band is by no means a ‘ceiling’ and we would never seek to limit a child’s potential. Indeed, with hard work and support, many of our students have exceeded their targets in the past.

After the first year of the GCSE course each student will be issued with a single grade as a minimum target for each GCSE subject or alternative qualification he/she studies*.  At this point, the grade may be different for each subject. This target will usually remain the same throughout Years 10 and 11 but may be adjusted if we feel a student needs a different level of challenge.

Reports to parents will include a comment for each subject as follows:

Making expected progress / Making above expected progress / Working towards expectations. This comment will be generated using assessments of your child’s current standards of work and will reflect whether your child is on track to achieve grades within the progress band or in line with his/her target grade. In Years 10 and 11, reports will include the student's EFG (Estimated Final Grade) for each subject; this represents the teacher's prediction for the most likely final outcome, given current standards of work.

Assessment data is compiled in our electronic markbooks which allow departments to track student progress and stage intervention when necessary.

 
*Please note that due to the disruption caused by Covid-19 we will delay the narrowing of Progress bands for Y9 and the setting of a single grade target for students in Y10 until January 2021. Y9 students will retain their Y8 broad progress band and Y10 students will retain their Y9 Progress Band for the autumn term. This provides time for students to settle back into school routines and for teachers to assess their progress appropriately and accurately before making these decisions.
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Key Stage 3

The following number of one-hour lessons is taught in each subject per fortnight in both Year 7 and Year 8:

Subject

Number of lessons

English

7

Maths

8

Science

8

History

4

Geography

4

French

4

Art

2

Music

2

Drama

1

Design and Technology

3

Physical Education

3

Society and Ethics

4


Pathway 1

Core Course for all

Society & Ethics, Physical Education and Personal Social & Health Education and Careers.

Core subjects

English (Double GCSE), Maths (GCSE) and Science (‘Combined’/Double/ Triple Award GCSE).

Option subjects

 

 

 

 

 

 

All students in this Pathway will be expected to take a modern language, an humanity and two other subjects.  All courses offered are at GCSE or equivalent unless otherwise stated. 

Students choose;

  • a modern language: French
  •  an Humanity: History or Geography
  •  TWO of the following: Art, Design and Technology, Music, Sports Science, and Food Preparation and Nutrition, Business Studies, Creative Media Production and Health and Fitness.

These subjects are organised into 2 blocks with students choosing one from each block.

 We endeavour to meet all subject first or second choices but this cannot be guaranteed due to high demand in some subjects. Please note: where there is insufficient demand for a particular subject in Options 3 or 4, the course will not run.

Key Stage 4

In Years  9,10 & 11, students follow a common core curriculum, which is enhanced by option GCSE or vocational subjects chosen towards the end of Year 9.

The following GCSEs and Vocational qualifications are available to students in Years 9, 10 and 11

Mathematics

Biology

Music

English Language

Science ‘Trilogy’ (Double award)

Business Studies

English Literature

Art

Sports Science

Religious Studies

Photography

Health and Fitness

Citizenship Studies

Design and Technology

Media

Chemistry

Food and Nutrition

 

Physics

Child Development

 


Pathway 2

Core Course for all

Society & Ethics, Physical Education and Personal Social & Health Education and Careers.

Core subjects

English (Double GCSE), Maths (GCSE) and Science (‘Combined’/Double/ Triple Award GCSE).

Option subjects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All students are now judged in terms of the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 criteria and so we recommend that students make their choices accordingly.

You should choose ;

  • Child Development or Photography
  • Geography or History
  • TWO of the following: Art, Design and Technology, Music, Sports Science, and Food Preparation and Nutrition, Business Studies, Creative Media Production and Health and Fitness.

These subjects are organised into 2 blocks with students choosing one from each block.

 We endeavour to meet all subject first or second choices but this cannot be guaranteed due to high demand in some subjects. Please note: where there is insufficient demand for a particular subject in Options 3 or 4, the course will not run.

Please note that the option subjects listed above apply to students currently in Year 9. The subjects available may vary each year.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.