The taught curriculum at Kingsdown mirrors the National Curriculum and wherever possible leads to public accreditation – GCSE, BTEC level 2 and Entry Level. We are committed to the delivery of the five Every Child Matters outcomes and our informal curriculum (delivered through Assemblies, in unstructured time and through a range of enrichment activities and outings) is designed to support pupils in staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well being. The informal curriculum is delivered to the whole school community but the academic curriculum is taught in year classes. Classes are small and this enables work to be matched to individual pupil need and gives them a high level of individual attention.
In Key Stage 3 all pupils study English, Maths, ICT, Science, and Humanities, Food technology PSHE, PE and Games. When possible we also offer practical projects such as cookery and gardening. The exact curriculum will be personalised to meet individual needs. Pupils with literacy difficulties can be offered 1 to 1 withdrawal support up to three times per week.
In Key Stage 4 all pupils study English, Maths, ICT, Science, PSHE, and Food technology, Vocational, PE and Games. Literacy support continues in KS4. Again all timetables are personalised as far as possible to meet individual pupil need and we will put individuals forward for Work Experience placements and College courses if appropriate. In KS4 we endeavour to ensure all pupils are fully aware of their post 16 options and are supported to make appropriate options.
Homework is set regularly. We believe it is vital that all pupils complete it to the best of their ability because it encourages independent learning and allows pupils to deepen their understanding of topics covered in class.