Students follow a 2-year programme of study, encouraging an enquiry-based approach to science. Practical investigations are a core feature of the programme and make science exciting and relevant. Units in Years 7 and 8 are delivered in a series of units including the following:
Students are assessed continuously to ensure progress is maintained. SMART targets are set with formal assessments held every module. Data logging facilities enable students to create video and audio records of their achievements. At the end of Year 8, students are assessed in a SAT-style Science test that assesses their learning throughout key stage 3 and helps to decide each student’s optimum pathway in key stage 4.
Every week an after school session takes place that is attended mostly by KS3 students who are able to carry out fun investigations that enrich their scientific development. This has included entry into the NPL Water Rocket Challenge contest.
Events and visits are organised during the course of the year.
The Principals, other senior leaders and governors, provide outstanding leadership.Ofsted
Relationships are enhanced by the college structure. Students say, and inspectors agree, that there is a close family feel to being in a smaller college unit, and that students enjoy school more because of this.Ofsted
Students participate readily in the wide range of sports, social, art, music and drama activities that the school provides. Many students attend the after school and weekend revision clubs that staff provide.Ofsted
The school organises the wide range of subjects it teaches extremely well, and reviews them regularly, adjusting its provision to meet the changing needs of students.Ofsted
Teaching is challenging. It is based on accurate assessment of how well students make progress, what their individual learning needs are, and what kinds of activities will best make sure that they learn well.Ofsted
Students make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Students’ progress in business, design and technology, ICT and physical education is also outstanding. Students make good progress overall.Ofsted