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Curriculum

Our intention is to provide a broad a balanced curriculum, delivered through a culture of high expectations, principled and caring relationships and consistent routines.  We use our expert subject knowledge to inspire and enthuse children, sparking curiosity and risk taking.

Our curriculum and teaching seek to develop vocabulary, knowledge, skills, character and culture over the long term. We support this through our ‘Pillars of Excellence’; strategies that represent best practice throughout the curriculum.

Our Learning Journeys set out the order in which the curriculum is delivered in every subject.

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Pupils who have met the entry requirements study three Level 3 courses from a programme offered at the School.

 

Pupils not eligible to study Level 3 courses can follow the Access Pathway enabling them to continue to follow courses in English, Maths, Employability, Extended Project as well as participating in a regular weekly work placement.

 

The purpose of the Access Pathway is to support transition to either Level 3 courses or an apprenticeship at a later stage.

 

Provided they meet the entry requirements, pupils are able to patriciate in a Football Academy, operated in collaboration with Tonbridge Angels Football Club alongside the study of Level 2 or 3 courses.

 

All pupils will follow courses in Physical Education, PSHE and Citizenship (Delivered through eight ‘Focus Days’) and work experience (delivered through one ‘Focus Week’).

The curriculum in Years 12 and 13 is defined by pathways:

  • The A-Level Pathway: Pupils study three A Levels and access to the extended project qualification. *

  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Career Pathway: Pupils study a vocational course, two IB courses and the IB core.

  • The Combined Pathway: Pupils study three courses (A Level and Vocational) *

  • The Access Pathway: This pathway allows open access to the Sixth Form for those pupils not meeting the entry requirements for pathways 1 to 3 and involves GCSE Maths and English, an employability course, extended project qualification or one Level 3 course and a regular linked work placement.*

* Pupils can combine academy membership at Tonbridge Angels Football Club with these pathways

 

Pupils who have not yet secured a Grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths and/or English Language will be required to continue to study these subjects as part of their Sixth Form curriculum.

 

In addition, all pupils will study Physical Education, PHSE & Citizenship and work related learning (non-examined)

A Level subjects:

  • Art & Design

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • English

  • Drama

  • Fashion

  • Geography

  • History

  • Maths

  • Photography

  • Physics

  • Product Design

Career related subjects:​

  • Business

  • Health and Social Care

  • Law

  • Media

  • Science

  • Sport

​IB subjects:

  • Film

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

For more information about the Sixth Form offer in each subject area, please visit the SUBJECTS menu.