The Curriculum at Furrowfield School

 

By law, all children in the UK between the ages of 5 and 16 follow The National Curriculum, which means much of what our pupils study at Furrowfield School is fixed by government legislation.

However, here at Furrowfield School we pride ourselves on providing the most diverse curriculum available that caters for all the needs of our students both, academic and vocational alike.

In year 7 and 8 we have 2 classes that stay with the same teacher for most of their lessons mirroring the work that happens in primary school. However, they are taught practical subjects with specialist teachers.  This allows these pupils to have extra support in their social and emotional development and supporting their wellbeing whilst delivering a balanced curriculum.

Further supporting our pupils, we also have our TYNE class which is our nurture class. TYNE is taught by one specific teacher who is highly skilled in nurture. TYNE is made up of pupils from both Key Stage 3 and 4 and they access this class every morning. The pupils complete work from English and mathematics but also spend a significant amount of time focusing on activities to support and develop their social skills, emotional responses, mental health and wellbeing. In the afternoon pupils follow their year group specific timetable.

At the end of year 8 pupils choose a pathway to follow with guidance and support from staff; one pathway is more vocational and includes qualifications in construction gained with our in-house team. Alongside this our pupils will gain qualifications in the core subjects at either GCSE or Functional Skill level, depending on their ability.

The other pathway is more academic and includes the core subjects at GCSE and subjects such as food technology and sport at BTEC where they can strive for either level 1 or level 2.

These pathways are followed from year 9 until year 11, when pupils will leave us. At post 16 we have over 85% of our leavers going on to further education or apprenticeships.

Our curriculum is reviewed annually and is amended annually according to the needs of each specific cohort of pupils; whilst being mindful of national legislation and new initiatives.

 

Our current Key Stage 4 cohort has the following subjects available to them at a variety of different levels from entry level to GCSE:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Religious Education
  • Personal Social Health Education
  • Art
  • Home Cooking Skills
  • Physical Education
  • Design and Technology
  • Construction

 

Our current Key Stage 3 cohort has the following subjects available to them:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Religious Education
  • Humanities
  • Personal Social Health Education
  • Art
  • Home Cooking Skills
  • Physical Education
  • Design and Technology
  • Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)

     

    If you require any further information or more detail please contact us by e-mail or telephone using the details on the contact us page.