Years 7 and 8
Our curriculum has three main strands; our core subjects, developing the whole self and embracing creativity, technology and performance. Pupils are placed in teachable sets for English, maths and science. They are in mixed classes for the rest of their classes.
Pupils choose one language in Year 7 and 8 from Spanish and French. ‘Genius’ is an in-house learning programme which draws on all areas of the curriculum, focusing on team-work and problem solving activities such as code-breaking or running a virtual Mars Colony. We strongly believe that our pupils need to develop their leadership skills and therefore they have one timetabled leadership lesson per week covering Floyd Woodrow’s Compass for Life programme in Year 7 before moving onto our own in-house curriculum.
All pupils have one PE lesson on-site each week and two games afternoons at our sports grounds in Acton. More information on sport and co-curricular activities can be found here.
Homework is set each evening to reinforce learning and prepare pupils for their following lesson. Year 7 and 8 pupils are set around 40-60 minutes of homework each evening according to our homework timetable. There are always optional extension tasks for those pupils who wish to challenge themselves further. Pupils should also read on a regular basis and we encourage 30 minutes of reading per evening. Our Library is stocked to support this. Homework is set on our school system, ShowMyHomework.