Our young women receive specialist teaching in all subjects and are offered a modern, diverse curriculum as well as a wide range of enrichment activities to enable them to advance their learning. They are informed about the progress they are making and how to further develop. They work on relevant, challenging home study tasks and know they can approach their teachers for extra guidance. We offer real quality of provision for meeting each child’s specific learning needs. Our commitment to the importance of Science and Mathematics is affirmed by our Specialist School status.
At Plashet we offer a broad and balanced modern curriculum. This includes timetabled lessons as well as a varied programme of enrichment activities. We believe that this reflects the ethos of the school and provides the context for our students to develop a love of learning that stretches beyond their time with us and one that continues throughout the rest of their lives.
As a state comprehensive secondary school, the National Curriculum forms the basis of our curriculum, through both the subject areas discretely taught as well as through the themes and dimensions that connect them. Our curriculum involves areas of experience that we feel enrich the learning of our students and help equip them for their lives beyond Plashet. These are: Physical, Spiritual, Moral, Human and Social, Scientific and Technological, Mathematical, Linguistic and Literary, Aesthetic, Expressive and Creative. We believe that developing skills and understanding across these domains is crucial and our designs for learning across discrete subject areas have this at their core.
The curriculum at Plashet School enables learners to:
- develop a growth mindset that enables them to meet their full learning potential in their lives at home, at work, at leisure, in the community and as active empowered participants in society;
- develop a strong sense of self in terms of identity, value and respect and also to understand and respect the right to social and cultural differences amongst others;
- acquire knowledge, skills, understanding and practical abilities with the motivation to use and extend them;
- develop and extend their effective use of language and number;
- appreciate human achievement in all areas of activity (scientific, technological, sporting, literacy, artistic);
- acquire an understanding of the social, economic and political nature of society;
- develop personal and social qualities which allow them to establish successful personal relationships;
- develop a critical and questioning approach to society and prepare them for an active role in shaping a better society;
- extend their horizons in terms of future careers, jobs and opportunities in their lives.
The formal part of our curriculum is taught through timetabled lessons. It is organised into discrete subject areas. We follow a fifty period fortnightly timetable with lessons of one hour.
The overall teaching time per week amounts to twenty-five hours. This does not include assemblies and registration time. The national recommended minimum is twenty-four hours for students aged 12 to 16. The school day is organised into five teaching periods of an hour.
Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9
We aim to follow the recommended time allocation for statutory National Curriculum subjects and Religious Education, within the constraints of our overall teaching time, teaching staff and the organisation of the school day. Students study fourteen discrete subjects.
In terms of learning Languages we offer a choice of French, Urdu and Bengali in Year 7. The language chosen is followed through to Year 11.
ICT and Computing is taught as a discrete subject throughout KS3. Digital literacy skills are also developed across many other subject areas of the curriculum.
Within the PE curriculum all students in Year 7 go swimming and parents should note this is not optional as we deem this a crucial life skill. Swimming lessons and some other PE activities are conducted at off-site venues due to our lack of on-site PE provision.
Most teaching groups at KS3 are mixed groups. By this we mean that there is no deliberate setting by ability. Most subjects are taught in groups with a maximum of thirty students.
Key Stage 4: Years 10 & 11
All students follow a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, a Language (the one they are studying), Physical Education and Religious Education. Students then personalise their curriculum by choosing three additional subjects. Within English, students are prepared for two GCSE examinations – English and English Literature. Core PE is a non-examination subjects (GCSE PE is offered as an option choice).
There are alternative and more appropriate accredited courses for those students unlikely to achieve success at GCSE Level 2 and these personalised courses are decided upon during the summer term of Year 9 in discussion with parents/carers.