Teaching Groups at Archbishop Beck
At Archbishop Beck, we ensure that the curriculum is broad and balanced and fully inclusive to all learners. Grouping is carefully looked at to ensure that the curriculum is suitable for all students with all having access to the same curriculum, irrespective of what group they are in. Movement between groups is reviewed after each assessment period and students are moved as and when appropriate, in consultation with the students and their parents/carers.
At present, on transition from primary Year 7 students are placed into three bands and are set according to ability for all subjects apart from PE. We ensure that all students, irrespective of the band or set they are in, have the same broad and balanced curriculum. All Year 7 students have the same number of lessons in English, Maths, Science, Religious Education, History, Geography, Art, Computing, Citizenship, Languages, Performing Arts, Design Technology and PE.
In September, a ‘Nurture Group’ was formulated for some of our more vulnerable learners to support them both academically and emotionally as they made the transition from primary to secondary. However, through providing extra support we ensure that this group follows exactly the same curriculum as other students and as such we are able to review and move students, when they are ready, between the bands as appropriate.
Some of our learners are entitled to be a part of the ‘Catch up Literacy’ and/or ‘Catch up Numeracy’ programme if they did not achieve the expected standard in their KS2 assessments. This is co-ordinated carefully with our numeracy and literacy leads and our SEND Co-ordinator, during form time, to ensure that this is carried out so as not to impact the students access to the full curriculum.
Year 8 and Year 9
At the end of Year 7 and Year 8 a full consultation with Subject and Pastoral teams takes place to review the groups. Consultation with parents/carers is then made for students who are to be moved groups. In Year 8 and Year 9 we then continue with our three bands where students are set according to ability for all subjects apart from PE. All Year 8 and 9 students have the same number of lessons in English, Maths, Science, Religious Education, History, Geography, Art, Computing, Citizenship, Languages, Performing Arts, Design Technology and PE.
Year 10 and Year 11
The Key Stage 4 curriculum in Years 10 and 11 offers a full breadth of subjects. Our options process at the end of Year 9 is based upon the interests, abilities and aptitude of learners. Students and parents are supported at an individual level to help them choose subjects that are appropriate for them and their destinations post-16. We offer a range of GCSE and Vocational qualifications and ensure that all learners have the opportunity to complete the full English Baccalaureate suite of subjects.
All students study English language and literature, maths, science, PE/Dance, RE and either history or geography and then a free choice of two subjects from art, business studies, computer science, construction, drama, fashion, food, French, geography, history, ICT, media, music, Spanish and travel and tourism. This allows students, if they wish, to choose both history and geography and both French and Spanish.