The Curriculum at The Priory School
At the heart of our school ethos is a determination that all of our students not only succeed but develop a real thirst for, and love of learning. Our teaching staff have a very clear focus on the individual child, ensuring they are supported, guided and enthused. As a community we are continually striving to maintain our outstanding levels of teaching to ensure students are sufficiently challenged and stretched as well as supported, when needed. We offer a wide range of subjects at both key stage 3 and 4 to enable all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, aimed at producing self-assured, resilient individuals, well prepared for the next stage in their academic career. Our Life and tutorial programme covers a range of topics to address wider health and well-being topics and helps us to give holistic support to our students. This is further enhanced by a learning and study skills programme which is supplemented by the work of our peer mentors. This ensures our students lessons address key social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects as well as gaining an applied understanding of the ethical underpinnings of British values.
At key stage 3 students are mainly taught in a mixed ability setting, within their house tutor group, apart from Maths and English where they are placed in groups according to ability. From Years 7-9 they experience a plethora of subjects within the humanities, languages and creative subjects, complimented by enrichment days in the STEM subjects and Business. Our children benefit from highly experienced, subject specialists who convey a clear passion and understanding of their area to help each student to achieve their real potential in preparation for their GCSE studies. The average number within a Key Stage 3 teaching group is 28, with a smaller number (approximately 22) in practical subjects such as Design and Technology.
The Priory School prides itself on offering a pathway to suit all at Key Stage 4. Students will usually take a maximum of 10 GCSE subjects (Triple Scientists), with the majority studying 9 examined subjects, making their option choices in Year 9. They can make their choice from a wide range subjects, allowing them to develop a greater insight into their areas of interest.
We also offer a more supported route for students where 9 or 10 GCSE subjects is not the best option for all. These range from entry level qualifications, personalised support in Literacy and numeracy to work placements and are decided on a very individual basis after discussion with both students and parents.
Learning and teaching at The Priory School not only revolves around academic success but producing successful, self-assured and selfless young adults.
To find out more about the curriculum please contact:
Alison Bell, Deputy Principal - 01743 284000
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