The curriculum is not just a list of subjects taught in the school. Any definition of the curriculum must cover all of the activities of the school. These are designed to encourage a sense of belonging and fulfilment to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, academic and physical development of students and to prepare all students for adult life and society.
The Governing Body has adopted the Local Authority’s statement in respect of the secular curriculum of the school, a copy of which is available from the Headteacher.
Farringdon is a six-form entry school. Each tutor group reflects the full spectrum of academic ability. In academic subjects, students will be allocated to teaching groups according to their assessed potential and achievement. These groups are flexible and a student’s placement may be adjusted at any time in any subject. All follow a similar curriculum and syllabus adjusted to their own pace of learning and development. In Years 7, 8 and 9, individual subjects may choose to deliver the curriculum in mixed ability groups rather than ability groups.
In Years 7 - 9 all study the following range of subjects: Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, Modern Foreign Language (Currently French), Design Technology, Food Technology, Computing, Art & Design, The Performing Arts and Physical Education. In Year 9, students begin a GCSE Programme of Study in Mathematics and Science allowing them three years to cover the content of the specifications.
In Years 10 and 11, all students study a core curriculum which includes Mathematics, English Language & Literature, Science, PSHE/Citizenship/R.E. and Physical Education – during which the majority of students will study BTEC Sport. Increasingly, we are widening the core for our most able students to ensure they have progression into sixth form and university.
Following parental consultation, each student adds a further 1, 2, 3 or 4 subjects from: Geography, History, French, Business, ICT, Computing Science, Child Development, Construction, Food Technology, Health and Social Care, Graphics Products, Art & Design, Photography, Drama, Media Studies, Dance, a range of Science courses, Physical Education, Sports Studies and Life Skills.
Upper School courses are fully described in the Course Handbook, published annually in Term Two for Year 9 students.
All National Curriculum requirements are met within the five years of students’ studies.
Religious Education is part of the curriculum from Years 7 to 11 within the framework of the Local Authority’s Agreed Syllabus, ratified by the City Council, local teachers and representatives of all major local faiths and denominations. Although based on Christianity, it ensures that students gain awareness and understanding of other major religions. Students may be given the opportunity to take a G.C.S.E. course in RE in Years 10 and 11.
House group assemblies take place daily. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from worship or from Religious Education may do so by application to the Headteacher.
Sex Education (which includes education about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases) is taught as part of the curriculum for Health Education as approved by the Governors of the school. It is delivered through Personal, Social and Health Education as well as the syllabuses of such subjects as Science, Religious Studies and Physical Education. Such teaching is supplemented by the work of outside agencies invited to the school for specific purposes. Parents who wish to know more about this aspect of their young person’s education should contact the school. Parents have the right to withdraw children from sex education lessons, other than those taught within the National Curriculum.
Careers Education and Guidance is part of the continuing programme of Personal, Social and Health Education carried out in part by tutors with the guidance of House Managers and the Vocational Guidance Co-ordinator. The programme is concerned with self-assessment and the investigation of the world of work. During Year 10, students are given the opportunity of exploring skills and work experiences in relation to their studies and interests. In addition, a Connexions Officer and the school’s liaison officer from Sunderland College interview them. There is an annual Careers Convention, regular input from the school’s industrial partners and a Careers Information Base in school.
For further information on aspects of the curriculum, please contact Mrs Steph Clay, Assistant Headteacher 9171500 Ext 211.
KS3 Course Outlines (pdf)
KS4 Course Outlines (pdf)
If you require further information, please contact Mrs Steph Clay, Assistant Headteacher 0191 917 1500 Ext 211