Curriculum & Options
At Baysgarth School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which combines a rigorous focus on core knowledge and skills along with an exciting range of activities both within lessons and extra-curricular time. Students are encouraged to participate in our extra-curricular programme which includes a diverse range of sporting, cultural and academic enrichment opportunities. We believe that these opportunities and experiences enrich students' educational experience and ensure they will leave us with the skills to be successful in today's world.
The school's PRIDE values and the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of people of all faiths, races and cultures are embodied within our curriculum.
These values are promoted explicitly within our ICE programme (Identity, Culture and Ethics) where students are encouraged to:
- Develop their understanding of the law and morality
- Understand the impact of actions on others, developing responsibility
- Develop empathy and understanding of others and their beliefs and views
- Develop an appreciation of their own and other cultures, promoting respect and tolerance
- Understand the importance of identifying and challenging discrimination in all forms.
- Respect the views and opinions of everyone
We have an extensive programme of Enrichment activities as well as a range of intervention classes and programmes running at the end of the school day. These programmes are communicated to parents on a regular basis.
Please contact Mr David Roberts, Assistant Head Teacher, with any queries relating to the school curriculum (email@example.com)
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to build on the learning experiences that children had in their primary schools. We work in close partnership with our primary schools to ensure that students have the opportunity to work with Baysgarth school staff prior to joining the school via our Transition programme. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum ensures a strong focus on developing the new subject specific knowledge required as well developing key skills for learning. Students will follow the national curriculum and study English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology, PE, Geography, History, RE, Computer Science, French and German, Music and Art.The statutory requirement for RE as advised by SACRE is taught within Culture and Ethics but it is now geered towards real world problems, issues and ethics that pupils will engage more with. This is also more inline with the GCSE WJEC specification of Philosophy and Ethics which will be offered for Religious Studies at GCSE.
Key Stage 4
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to build on the learning experiences that children had in Key Stage 3 and allows some personalisation through the Options process. There is a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science and PE, which all students will study. Students are then able to select option subjects from a range of subjects. We introduce curriculum pathways at Key Stage 4 to support and guide students, ensuring they have access to the right courses to ensure they can progress into their next stage of learning in employment, training or at a Post-16 educational provision. Most students will continue to study a Modern Foreign Language and either Geography or History, allowing them to meet the demands of the English Baccalaureate. To ensure sufficient stretch and challenge for our most able students a high number will follow a Triple Science programme. Hair & Beauty, Engineering and Motor Vehicle courses are also offered to students at Key Stage 4.
ICE at Baysgarth stands for Identity, Culture and Ethics. It introduces students to ideas, concepts and information which is not always covered in their subject lessons. Identity is information which has a direct link to you, for example, healthy lifestyle.Culture looks at the places where we live and the people we interact with and why we do certain things.Ethics is to do with right and wrong e.g. bullying. We study ICE so that we have a better understanding of the world around us. It allows students to develop the knowledge, skills and conviction to use effectively throughout all parts of their lives. ICE lessons run roughly every three weeks for a hour hour session in every year group.The following topics are studied during ICE sessions: CareersFinanceRiskHealth LifestyleRelationshipsDemocracyDiversityRights and ResponsibilitiesSustainable developmentTwo main aspects of ICE are British Values and PREVENT. There are five main British Values: DemocracyThe rule of lawIndividual LibertyMutual RespectTolerance of those of different faiths and beliefsPREVENT is about protecting people and communities from the threat of terrorism. PREVENT has been introduced by the British Government to try to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.