The word 'curriculum' is understood at Kingswood in its broadest sense. It is more than the subjects on the timetable followed by the students. The school's curriculum covers all the planned activities in which students are involved; activities in classrooms, laboratories, workshops, the library, the sports hall, during visits and residentials, even in corridors and playgrounds.
Our curriculum is structured around several key areas of experience. All students have a right to study these areas in a manner that takes full account of their potential and capability. Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced entitlement curriculum whereby, increasingly, students acquire the skills, knowledge, concepts and understanding to develop their full potential, whilst at school and as adults.
Kingswood develops in students the specific skills of numeracy, literacy, information technology, communication, physical coordination, logical thought, problem solving, information skills, experimentation, empathy and interpretation - as well as social skills such as working with others. In doing so, we try to enhance literacy and numeracy skills across all subjects while providing the opportunity to develop social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness that promotes British values.
From September 2018 all students in Years 7 to 11 will have 25 teaching periods a week with each period lasting one hour.
In Key Stage 3, students experience a broad curriculum covering English, mathematics, science and PE, as well as the humanities (geography, history and religious studies), at least one modern foreign language (French and/or Spanish), technology (craft, textiles and food) as well as IT, music, dance, drama and art. Teaching is by mixed ability and setting depending on curriculum area. Details of the subjects can be found by following the links for each subject.
In Key Stage 4 students still follow a common core curriculum of English (literature and language), mathematics, science and PE, and then have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of three chosen option subjects. Students who have both the desire and the aptitude also have the opportunity to pursue triple science.
In Key Stage 5, students enter into our Sixth Form. Students undertake a two year programme where they study three Level 3 courses: A Levels, BTEC Nationals or a combination of both. Any student who has not achieved a grade 4 or above in English and/or Mathematics on entry to the Sixth Form will be required to undertake a re-sit in these subjects.
If you require further information about any subject please contact the Academy on 01536 741857.
Please open the document below for further information regarding our curriculum.