Curriculum Offer Overview
Fernhill School - Curriculum Overview
We aim that our students:
• achieve examination success and make excellent progress regardless of their starting point
• have the opportunity to experience a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of the 21st century
• have equality of access to the curriculum
• have the opportunity to study a varied range of qualifications at school or at one of our partner institutions
• develop as independent learners
• will be equipped with the right skills to go onto further education
Students are placed in sets for Maths and Science, which reflects their attainment levels. Other subjects will be taught in mixed ability classes. We aim to support students to fulfil their potential through dynamic teaching in a creative learning environment. Progress is monitored through Parents’ Evenings, learning tier data reports, interim progress reports and an annual report. We welcome parents into the school at any time to discuss their child’s progress.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 covers Years 7, 8 and 9. During this time students are taught the full range of National Curriculum subjects. The National Curriculum subjects are English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Art, Physical Education, Technology, Music, Computer Science, Religious Studies, Sex Education, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). All students have the opportunity to study French or Spanish in KS3.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11 the students study up to ten courses that will normally lead to GCSEs/BTECs. Every student studies a core of subjects which includes English, Maths, Science, Physical Education and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Religious Studies.
Students are then guided in choosing options from: GCSE Art, Computing Science, Drama, Food and Nutrition, Geography, History, French or Spanish, Music, Photography, Resistant Materials, Sociology, Sports Science, BTEC Health and Social Care, BTEC Vehicle Technology.
Some students will be offered the opportunity to study for some of the time at local colleges and workplaces. The high standards of teaching and guidance in the school mean that a very high proportion of our leavers go onto further education. All students are taught for 25 hours a week excluding registration and assembly time.
All students in KS3 and KS4 in Year 10 at have one dedicated lesson of specific Religious Studies provision per fortnight. Religious Studies is also part of themed days, PSHE lessons and assemblies. Assemblies are held at least once a week and will sometimes include acts of collective worship. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of Religious Studies and collective worship and should write to the Headteacher in the first instance.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
The school has a RSE programme that complies with the law, Hampshire County Council guidelines and promotes responsible behaviour. A full copy of the school’s RSE policy is available on the website.
It is the policy of Fernhill School that home learning is a vital part of learning for all students. One way in which students demonstrate that they are taking responsibility for their own learning is by completing home learning successfully and on time. All students are issued with a planner for parents to check and sign each week. Parents should be able to see what work has been set and completed. It is a good idea for students to have somewhere quiet to work at home but if they need to work at school the Library is open at lunchtimes and after school and provides a quiet supportive environment for this purpose. Work is usually set via Google Classroom.
Careers and work related learning
A careers programme is followed by all students as part of their PSHE programme. This is designed to give students a focus for their education and prepare them for life-long learning. Students will undertake a work experience programme in Year 10, where they can develop their sense of responsibility and communication skills in the world of work. The school also runs progression evenings for Key Stage 4 students and parents, at which all the local colleges and apprenticeship providers are present.
Reporting to parents
Throughout the year students are assessed to monitor their progress. They are also set targets after reflecting on what they have achieved. Progress levels and grades are collected three times a year and students who are not making progress will be targeted for support and if necessary intervention. Parents receive learning tier data fortnightly, progress data three times a year and a final report once a year.
SEN (Special Educational Needs)
Fernhill School has a caring and sensitive approach to children with SEN. As with all students at the school, we are looking to maximise their potential in an atmosphere of support and encouragement. Our aim is the early identification of a student’s needs and to provide the essential experience of success through tightly focused Individual Education Programmes. The SEN department collates information on all incoming students. Those who we identify as needing support have Individual Learning programmes that are carefully monitored. Attainable targets are set for students and they are given time to reflect regularly on these. Progress is reviewed regularly and new targets set. The department is staffed by experienced teachers and Learning Support Assistants.