Kings is an Upper School and believes in making the transfer from
Middle School meaningful.
Kings starts Key Stage 4 courses in Year 9 and
incorporates the option choice as part of the transfer arrangements,
which supports raising expectations and emphasises the ‘step-up’ into
a new school.
We believe that our curriculum should be challenging,
stimulating and interesting. The curriculum should provide enjoyment,
boost self-esteem and raise aspirations. Kings is a ‘Thinking School,’
which drives higher order cognitive processing and lateral thinking.
Understanding the connections between subjects is promoted to enhance
the overall learning experience. Maths and English are seen as
integral to all subjects. Our curriculum is designed to ‘produce’
well-balanced, free-thinking, self-evaluating, self-driven, creative,
responsible global citizens who show respect for others, all of which
is built on good manners, politeness and common decency.
As a school we believe in providing a broad and balanced
range of options, within our physical capabilities, that helps meet
the needs and interests of our learners. Our courses include a range
of GCSE options but also non-GCSE options that are more vocational and
work-related, such as BTEC. We have recently extended our range of
non-GCSE courses to ensure that all of our learners are on meaningful
courses for them, where possible. We have also recently reduced the
number of subjects a student has to study to give them more learning
time. This allows teachers to explore their subjects with a greater
depth, mastery and enjoyment.
We promote the learning of a modern foreign language and
think that is right for cultural and moral purposes. We also believe
learning a modern foreign language has merit for future employability
prospects. Students are also asked to choose a Humanity subject
(History or Geography, or both). Students with particular learning
needs receive curriculum support and, if appropriate, additional
lessons for English and Maths. Some students will receive specific
curriculum intervention to support their reading skills. Students that
come from disadvantaged backgrounds receive additional curriculum
support in terms of resources and mentoring.
In the Sixth Form we believe in offering something for
all students, so that young people in the Wessex Learning Trust and
Cheddar Valley can have a seamless education from 2 to 19 years of
age. We have extended our breadth of course bringing in non-A Level
courses, such as BTEC Science and Digital Media. As part of our values
we believe in providing a comprehensive offer and this includes a
‘Level 2’ Work Skills BTEC. This is ideal for young people who would
find Level 3 / A Level study too difficult, but are suited to a course
that will lead into an apprenticeship and/or employment. Sixth Formers
are asked to pick up an enrichment / elective choice to broaden their
personal development, which could include student leadership, an
Extended Project Qualification or voluntary / community work.
It is important to note that the Kings curriculum is
wider than the ‘national curriculum’. As a Christian school we
celebrate our distinctive character where Christian values are
promoted in all aspects of school life. We encourage all members of
the school community to promote a Christian ethos where care and
respect is shown to everyone. Religious Education is studied by all
students to full GCSE and is one of our most successful subjects.
Students go to church at least four times a year and enjoy Christian
worship in assemblies and events. We run a popular Christian group,
Engage, which is well supported by our external church community.
Personal, social, moral, spiritual and cultural themes
are explored specifically in PSHE lessons. Our sports provision is
enhanced by our own Kings Sports Academy, which provides expert
coaching with the opportunity to develop and play in our elite teams.
Our Expressive Arts Faculty, likewise, provides fantastic
opportunities for Dance, Art, Performance, Textiles, Music and
Many other subjects provide extra-curricular clubs, such
as debating, public speaking, coding (computing), enterprise
competitions, Geog-Squad and so forth. ‘Participation’ in something
additional is seen as a core part of our curriculum offer.
Our recently introduced ‘Extended Friday Tutor Time’ is
a crucial part of our Kings Curriculum where students learn about
wider personal, social, moral, spiritual, cultural and health issues,
global challenges, economic awareness, employability and
metacognition. It is a time where House Councils meet to discuss
student leadership projects and work with students from other years
(including Sixth Formers working with younger years). Developing
student leadership is a key aspect of our wider curriculum. Houses are
encouraged to nominate a charity to support each year and a community
project to undertake. There are four vertically organised Houses with
two or three horizontal tutor groups from each year group (Year 9-11).
Sixth Formers are also in a House.
Our Business Network is a key part of our curriculum
offer allowing students to meet employers in ‘career cafes’ during
Extended Tutor time; as well as take part in mock interviews, writing
CVs, writing application forms and undertaking work experience.
This concept is further developed into our Kings Focus
Days, which allow for greater inter-year group working and wider
skills and knowledge development. Students can nominate key issues to
look at and opt into workshops. Heads of House help to shape this
offer and include their own ‘House curriculum’ to personalise the
offer for their students. We see that responding to students’ needs
and interests as a unique aspect of our curriculum. Kings Focus Days
and Extended Tutor Time are thus seen as a critical part of our Kings
curriculum, they help to develop character, enhance life skills and
promote future employability.
Considering all of the above, this is why our mantra is
so important to us at Kings - Believe and Succeed!