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 some subjects, which reflects their attainment levels. Other subjects will be taught in mixed ability classes. We aim to help your child fulfil their potential through dynamic teaching in a creative learning environment. Progress is monitored through parents’ evenings, 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 the National Curriculum subjects. All students have the opportunity to study at least one modern foreign language in KS3. In Year 9, a ‘Specialist Studies’ programme allows students early access to more challenging courses in those subjects for which they have a particular passion.

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 the students study up to ten courses that will normally lead to GCSEs. Every student studies a core of subjects which includes English, Maths, Science, PE and PSHE.

Students are then guided in choosing GCSE options from: Art; Child Development; Computing Science; Drama; Food and Nutrition; Geography; History; Media Studies; French or Spanish; Music; Religious Studies; Photography; Resistant Materials; Sociology; Sports Science; Textiles; 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.

Religious Education

All students study RE as part of themed days, PORSCHE 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 RE and collective worship and should write to the Headteacher in the first instance.

Sex and Relationships Education

Sex & Relationship Education (SRE) The school has a SRE programme that complies with the law, Hampshire County Council guidelines and promotes responsible behaviour. A full copy of the school’s SRE policy is available on the website.

Home Learning

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.

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, 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 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 focussed 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.