The school’s Vision of “Developing Ambition and Achieving Excellence for All” is at the heart of the school’s curriculum intent to ensure clarity of purpose for all. Our curriculum:
- will provide all students with powerful knowledge and cultural capital to succeed in life
- must be ambitious for all students
- must build towards agreed end points which are clearly defined and shared in terms of what successful students will know and be able to do
- must ensure all students develop strong communication skills
- must enable students’ positive personal development
At Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 the curriculum conforms to the National Curriculum programmes of study and all other statutory requirements. There are clear and diverse pathways through from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4.
Our curriculum has been developed to meet the requirements of current national guidelines and our commitment to the provision of a wide range of subjects, including breadth in our modern languages and vocational choices. Mixed ability grouping has recently been introduced for most subjects in Key Stage 3.
We cover the following subjects:
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9):
English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, Information Technology, Art, Drama, Food Technology, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, PSHE, Character Education and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education.
As students enter Key Stage 4, we aim to provide a personalised curriculum for them as appropriate, working with external agencies to ensure appropriate course provision. We engage students and parents in decisions regarding their guided choices. All students are entitled to examination entry in their chosen subjects, provided that they have met the basic requirements of attendance and coursework or controlled assessment completion.
The curriculum offered at Key Stage 4 ensures that there are clear progression routes to prepare students for post 16 / higher education and / or the world of work.
Support for students with Special Educational Needs, and those for whom English is an additional language, is provided in class and by specialist staff. Students are provided with opportunities to extend their skills and talents, which includes the provision of additional classes and extension opportunities for more able and talented students, as well as intervention and support provision as required.
Formal assessments of learning are conducted according to our Assessment, Recording and Reporting schedule and targets are shared with students and their parents regularly. Assessments of students’ learning are also made more informally and frequently.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum (Years 10 -11):
Following a recent curriculum review, from 2019-20 students will study a Key Stage 3 curriculum for three years, with guided choices made at the end of Year 9.
Students select 4 option subjects to study towards GCSE or vocational qualifications. All students study GCSEs in English Language and Literature, Mathematics and Science in Key Stage 4 along with OCR Sport Science.
A small number of students access alternative provision.
We operate four pathways for students at GCSE.
Pathway 1 and 2 ensures that students are guided to Triple Science (Single GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and EBacc suite (History, Geography and Modern Foreign Language) of GCSEs. Within this framework there remains an element of open choice.
Pathway 3 and 4 - Students have the opportunity to study for an EBacc suite (History, Geography and Modern Foreign Language) of GCSEs should they choose to do so. However, there will be a more open choices for these students.
Students will be guided towards relevant pathways according to prior attainment, current rates of progression, career aspirations and potential.
We cover the following subjects at Key Stage 4:
English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, Information Technology, Art, Drama, Food Technology, Music, Sport Science, Film Studies and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education.
Information for Parents
All students at The Birkenhead Park School follow three learning programmes in all subjects throughout the academic year.
Knowledge organisers are included in all student exercises books for parents and students to access when they take their books home. This details the key information for each learning programme and signposts key assessment information as well as potential homework. By following the knowledge organisers parents can support the work being done in the school through further enrichment activities or independent study.
At the end of each learning programme parents will receive a report with will give information about their child’s progress in the subjects they are studying and an indication of the end of year or end of qualification target. Effort is assessed so that parents can see the fullest picture of their child’s progress during the year.
To find out more about the curriculum our school is following please contact:
Mr Peter Mee
0151 652 1574