Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Key Stage 3 comprises Years 7, 8 and 9 and students within these years follow a broad and balanced curriculum which gives them substantial time in all learning areas.
With the support of their teachers, Year 7 students quickly develop a range of important study skills, to help them with their learning. Skills in Information Communications Technology are acquired through a combination of specialist teaching and an increasing range of experiences across their other subjects. During their first term at The Ferrers, students are taught the majority of their subjects in mixed ability groups. This allows them to settle in to the college and clearly demonstrate their potential before being assigned to ability groups. In Year 8 students are taught in ability groups in English, Mathematics and Science and most other subjects. The Key Stage 3 curriculum provides all students with a firm foundation on which to base GCSE success in Years 10 and 11.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
On entering Year 10, students embark upon a two year programme which leads to a range of GCSE qualifications. At Key Stage 4 we aim to keep open the maximum range of learning opportunities whilst at the same time offering some choice and specialisation. All students follow GCSE courses in: Maths; English; Science (single, double or triple award); and Expressive Arts. The majority of students also follow GCSE courses in a Modern Language (German/French) and many English Literature.
Further GCSEs can be taken in physical education, humanities, a second expressive arts, business studies, modern languages, ICT or a technology subject. By following this programme students can gain up to eleven full GCSE qualifications. In addition, some students opt to take GCSE Law outside the hours of the college day. Throughout Years 10 and 11 students continue to use and further develop a wide range of study skills, including Information Communications Technology. In addition to their GCSE studies, all students follow a full programme of Physical Education, Careers Education and Religious Education, with all students taking philosophy and ethics GCSE at the end of Year 10. Students have the opportunity to work towards nationally recognised qualifications in vocational subjects including Construction, Catering, Motor Vehicle Engineering and Beauty. By setting our standards and expectations high, we aim to create a purposeful, positive, achieving ethos that will enable all our students to do as well as they possibly can.