The William Allitt School

The William Allitt School

General Curriculum Statement

The William Allitt School offers its students a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum
that builds upon their experiences at Primary School and encourages them to become
successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. We aim to ensure our
students leave us ready for life in modern Britain and a global society. The focus is on
enabling students to progress through high quality teaching and a range of enjoyable
learning experiences. The acquisition of skills is central to the curriculum, both in terms of
literacy and numeracy as well as the wider skills needed to equip students for success
throughout and beyond their education. The curriculum offers a broad range of opportunity
and enrichment that encourages all students to progress successfully to the next stage in
their education or career path.


Opportunity, extension and support is provided in the curriculum for students of all abilities
and the choice of KS4 courses is designed to meet a wide range of interests. A wide range
of enrichment opportunities are embedded within the KS4 curriculum and are also available
at lunch times and after school. Trips and visits are a regular feature in subjects across the
curriculum. In addition, on some days of the year, the normal timetable is suspended to allow
for special events which allow students to have memorable experiences, developing skills
related to personal learning, careers and areas of the academic curriculum.


Homework is set in all subjects in all years. Students are expected to spend an increasing
amount of time on homework or independent study as they progress through the school.
This work will sometimes involve longer projects that students need to manage in their time
at home. On other occasions the homework will consist of short tasks to be completed in one
evening.

Key Stage 3

At KS3 students follow a broad and balanced curriculum where there is a focus on skills and
developing students as independent learners. Students are taught in mixed ability groups
for most subjects, with some setting taking place in core subjects.
Students study English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Languages, Geography, Religious
Studies, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Design Technology and ICT. More
detailed information about each subject is available on this web site and on the DfE website:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
Students in Year 7 follow an RSA ‘Opening Minds’ course in which a number of traditional
academic subjects are blended together to form a coherent and challenging competency based
learning experience. The school follows the national curriculum and there is an
emphasis on ensuring that students are well prepared for the wide variety of KS4 courses
that are available to them.

Key Stage 4

Our KS4 curriculum provides students with a core curriculum of English, Mathematics,
Science, Citizenship, RE, Careers, Physical Education and Enrichment. Most students will
study for GCSEs in English, English Literature, Mathematics and Core and Additional
Science.


The optional curriculum offers students a wide range of choices, including subjects that they
have not studied in KS3. Students may choose from GCSE courses in Business Studies,
Performing Arts, Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Textiles, Graphic Products, History,
Geography, Religious Studies, French, Astronomy, Art, Computer Studies, Physical
Education, Citizenship, Child Development, Psychology, German, Drama, ICT, Physics,
Chemistry, Biology and Law. The school also offers BTEC courses in Art, Music, Health and
Social Care, Dance and Physical Education. Our Technology department offers an EAL
course in Engineering. More detailed information about each subject is available on this web
site.