Key Stage 3
In Years 7-9 students follow traditional subjects in a broad curriculum. Students are taught in sets for almost all subjects. Homework is regularly set. All KS3 students study English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, Technology, a Modern Foreign Language, Computing, Art, Music, Drama and PE.
All students follow our innovative Values and Ethics programme which includes elements of citizenship, study skills, and personal, social and health education; it also ties in with the assembly programme. Options for KS4 are chosen in the spring of Year 9.
Key Stage 4
Our Key Stage 4 curriculum offers students an unusual degree of choice. Both within the core, and especially within the options structure, students are able to follow different pathways to suit their needs and abilities and maximise their success in gaining qualifications.
The core curriculum comprises English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, at least two from Geography, History and French, plus Values and Ethics. Students then choose three further options from an extensive list which includes: Art GCSE, Business Studies GCSE, Business BTEC, Drama GCSE, Music GCSE, Music BTEC, Film Studies GCSE, Geography GCSE, History GCSE, Religious Studies GCSE, Sociology GCSE, Computer Science GCSE, ICT CIDA, Design Technology GCSE, Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE, Photography GCSE, Child Development GCSE, Sport BTEC and Triple Science (which turns Double Science into Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs).
At 16, the majority of our students choose to stay with us and join the Sixth Form.
Key Stage 5
Our Sixth Form opened in September 2009 in its brand new buildings. We offer a very wide range of courses and qualifications. There are over 25 level 3 courses, almost all of which are A level courses or BTEC level 3 courses. Additionally, we offer the opportunity to re-sit GCSE English and Maths.
In addition, there is an exciting enrichment, sports and community action programme. This includes accredited volunteering awards, Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh, Student Voice, trips and visits, house events and careers and further education preparation. Most of our sixth formers go on to university.
The school meets DfE 16 to 19 study programme requirements in the following ways:
All 16 to 19 students are given the opportunity to take a study programme which reflects their prior attainment, education and career goals.
All study programmes include substantial academic or applied and technical qualifications and non-qualification activity including work experience.
All students who do not hold a GCSE graded 9-5 in English or Maths are required to work towards the achievement of these qualifications.
Study programmes are focused on progression to the next level of education, a traineeship or apprenticeship, or other employment.
All study programmes include non-qualification activity such as tutorials, work experience, personal or study skills, and support in choosing options to ensure progression into employment and higher education (HE) preferences.
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Oakgrove Sixth Form
If parents would like more information about the curriculum at Oakgrove they should contact the Subject Leader if it is a subject specific query or Mrs N Irwin-Morris, Deputy Headteacher if it is a more general one.