The Curriculum 2017-18
The curriculum here at Ounsdale High School provides a broad and balanced learning experience that inspires pupils to learn and achieve. During their five-year journey from Year 7 to Year 11, students will be working towards achieving the best possible results in terms of attainment and progress in at least 8 subjects. We want our students to experience a range of subject disciplines that help them to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of their education, including linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technical, human and social, physical and artistic learning. We also aim to ensure that students have access to subjects that will help prepare them for further and higher education and employment.
We value the key subject disciplines that have always been found in good schools including the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, as well as; the main Humanities subjects, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Technology and a range of creative subjects such as Art, Drama and Music. We also offer specialist subjects such as Business Studies, Computing and Psychology, alongside vocational provision: Digital Media, Business and Health & Social Care.
The school has a talented team of specialist staff and through its commitment to effective recruitment and training, is continually working to promote high quality teaching and learning within and beyond the classroom. This enables us to provide exciting and challenging opportunities for each child to develop their learning and creative abilities. In addition to developing specialist subject knowledge, students are also encouraged to acquire transferable learning skills that can be applied across different subject areas.
Choices for Life, RE and PE are seen as essential components of the school’s broad and balanced curriculum and along with tutorials, assemblies and the extra-curricular programme, are important in supporting students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. The curriculum also develops students’ understanding of fundamental British values and provides opportunities for students to appreciate the importance of good behaviour, physical, mental and personal well-being and keeping themselves safe.
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, the promotion of British values, are important aspects of the school’s work and are addressed through the curriculum and wider experiences that students have in school. We also provide opportunities for students to learn the importance of developing a strong work ethic, good behaviour, taking responsibility, resilience, physical, mental and personal well-being and keeping themselves safe.
Our aim here at Ounsdale is to create confident, well rounded young people who are ready to take their place and be successful in society. This means that we seek not only to provide a broad and balanced range of subject disciplines, alongside key cross curricular skills, but will also develop the qualities necessary for our students to be confident and employable young people who are able to adapt to the ever changing demands of the world in which they live.
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