Kirkby College

Curriculum Policy

 The aims of our curriculum

Our central purpose is to ensure that all students at Kirkby College achieve the highest standards of which they are capable.  These standards will apply to all that students do, whether in the classroom, on the sports field, in concert or on stage, or in the extensive range of other opportunities we offer.

Our curriculum aims should enable all young people to become:

  1. Successful students, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
  2. Imaginative, creative and reflective in their learning.
  3. Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. They develop a range of social skills and can interact with people of varying backgrounds and cultures.
  4. Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society, allowing them to uphold the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty. They will also make contributions to our local community through school based and local activities.
  5. Tolerant individuals who develop personal and moral values, respect for shared values and for other cultures, religions and ways of life.All our students will be exposed to a curriculum which is broad, balanced, relevant, differentiated and coherent and which displays continuity and progression. All students will achieve their full potential by developing into young people able to make valued judgements about their lives as individuals and as members of communities. The school will be an ordered and orderly community, geared to provide the support essential for students to succeed.

Our curriculum values relate to:

The curriculum is intended to help young people to:


The main principles of our curriculum

 Our curriculum will:

Curriculum Content

This content is constantly under review following Government changes and educational thinking.

The curriculum at Kirkby College is delivered through the following curriculum area structure:  These are our Learning Zones:

There are also a number of cross-curricular dimensions within our curriculum.  We seek to promote numeracy and literacy in all lessons.  During a number of themed days for PSHCE students learn about healthy lifestyles; community participation; enterprise; identity and cultural diversity.

Our overall curriculum (Year 7-13) enables students to develop knowledge and skills which will allow them to make progression into the next stages of their lives.

Years 7-8 (Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum)

All students in KS3 will study a broad and balanced curriculum and timetable each week including the following subjects:

English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, RE, Physical Education, Technology (Art, RM, Catering), ICT, Music, Drama, PSHCE and a Modern Foreign Language (French in Years 7/8 with the addition of Spanish as a second language for selected students in Year 8).  In addition to the timetabled hours PSHCE is also offered via a series of themed days during KS3.

Provision is made within the school for all students with SEND.  Additional support is provided for students within the classroom and within the Learning Support Faculty’s own facilities.

Students are placed in mixed ability teaching groups during the Autumn term of Year 7.  Subsequently they are grouped based on ability in order to match the learning experiences to the capabilities of the students so that they reach the highest possible standards of achievement.

At KS3 the curriculum is constantly evolving.  All subject areas use the rigorous self evaluation process to review what is taught, how it is taught and ensure that it is in line with current government initiatives and legislation.

We believe that this curriculum not only covers the statutory requirements, but is broad and balanced and prepares our students for Key Stage 4.

Years 9/10/11 (Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum)

Kirkby College moved to a new Key Stage 4 curriculum in September 2014 and this not only meets new government legislation, but provides a broad and balanced curriculum which will provide future progression opportunities.

Core curriculum – all students at KS4 follow this curriculum, which comprises the following:  English, Mathematics, Science, History or Geography, PE, PSHCE (including IAG), RE (Short course GCSE completed in Years 9/10).  In addition, students on Purple Pathway (3) also study one Modern Foreign Language.

Students follow an appropriate curriculum “Pathway” which offers a range of courses to meet their specific learning needs:

Options  –  Students are allowed to choose up to 3 options from a wide choice that is available from each of the Learning Zones.  Courses include:  Music, Drama, ICT, Art, Design Technology, Catering, Child Development, Business Studies, French, Spanish.  Vocational courses are also available:  Hair and Beauty, Construction, Motor Vehicle and Creative Media.  Each student’s options will be carefully considered and personalised wherever possible.  A range of qualifications are available dependent on the selected pathway, from Entry Level (where appropriate) to GCSE, OCR Nationals and BTEC at Level 2.

One option will be delivered over 3 years (Years 9-11) (this will include any Modern Foreign Language).  Other options will be delivered over 2 years, either in Years 9/10 or in Years 10/11.

All option choices are subject to timetable and staffing constraints and we will inform parents/carers and students if there are problems with any options choices.

At Key Stage 4 the curriculum is constantly evolving due to current government legislation and initiatives.  All subject areas use the rigorous self evaluation process to review what is taught and how it is taught to ensure that all learners receive appropriate courses at appropriate levels.

Post 16 Education

Kirkby College offers a wide range of Post 16 courses.  Much work has been done by school staff to ensure that students are aware of what we have to offer.

“A” Levels and other Level 3 courses are offered in subjects across each Learning Zone.  These include:  English, Performing Arts, Mathematics, History, Geography, Psychology, ICT, Biology, Chemistry, PE.  Other subjects may be offered at “A” Level subject to demand and available staffing.  Vocational subjects at Level 2/3 are also offered, including:  Hair and Beauty, Construction, Motor Vehicle.

A range of additional courses are offered including EPQ as well as comprehensive careers and university advice.

Choices are subject to timetable and staffing constraints and we will inform parents/carers and students if there are any problems with choices.

Monitoring and Evaluation

All students deserve the best opportunities possible and we strive to provide these opportunities for all students at all stages of their education.  We constantly review what we teach and believe in partnership with other education providers.  We have strong links with our local primary schools, other secondary schools and post 16 providers, local employers and training providers.  By pooling the expertise that exists in all these institutions we can provide a quality education for all.

The Head of School will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating all matters related to the curriculum.  The Head of School will report on curriculum matters to the Principal.

Proposed developments in curriculum will be outlined in the School Improvement Plan.

Curriculum Policy will be reviewed annually.                                                              March 2017

 Date of next review:   March 2018

Curriculum model September 2017
























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