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Curriculum

Exciting and Innovative Curriculum 

At Swallow Hill we are proud of the curriculum opportunities which we are able to offer to our students.

We aim to: 

  • To provide a personalised learning pathway for every student 
  • To allow learners to study at an appropriate level, according to their academic stage. 
  • To offer a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum for all
Our Learning Community 

At Swallow Hill we are working together to build a positive and exciting learning community. 

We want our students to: 
  • Enjoy their learning 
  • Work together to support each other in their learning 
  • Be confident, independent learners 
  • Have access to the best resources and new technologies 
  • Use their creativity to succeed

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) 

Our students follow personalised learning pathways which are planned to enable individuals to reach their full potential. 

They have access to :
  • Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, PE, Religious Education 
  • Foundation subjects: Creative Arts (Arts, Music and Drama), Geography, History, Design Technology, Modern Foreign Language and  
  • The Pledges Programme that focus on skills and attributes to develop the whole student 
  • Students graduate into KS4 at the end of Year 8 provided that their attitude to learning (measured by Rising Stars) has been good during KS3 
  • Extra numeracy and literacy support 
  • Personal, Health and Social education ‘Focus days’ 
  • ‘Gifted and Talented’ programmes 
  • Exciting learning opportunities through cross curricular project work

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) - Key Features

  • Students to select language option at Christmas of Year 7
  • x30 lessons of 50 minutes per week
  • Students graduate into Key Stage 4 at the end of Year 8 provided that their effort (measured by Rising Stars) has been satisfactory during Key Stage 3
  • Students to specialise one language from Y7 (French or Spanish)
  • Resilience curriculum delivered to Y7
  • Speech, Language and Communication course delivered to identified Y7 groups

SUBJECT

WEEKLY HOURS

Year 8

WEEKLY HOURS

Year 7

ENGLISH  (Inc. drama)

5

5

MATHS

5

5

SCIENCE

4

3

MFL

2

2

COMPUTING

1

1

RE

1

1

HIST/GEOG 

2

2

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

2

2

CREATIVE ARTS (MUSIC, DRAMA, ART)

*3 (on an option basis)

*3 (on an option basis)

RESILIENCE

-

2

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

*3 (on an option basis)

2

 Y8 option choices from Art, Music, Drama, Graphics, Textiles, Food, Resistant Materials

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
 
All students follow a 14 hour core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, IT, RE, PE. In the remaining 11 hours students select three option courses from our extensive range of subjects. Each optional course is studied for three hours a week, courses last for two or three years, depending on progress which allows students to make further choices in year 11. We use progress data to support students in making guided choices according to interest and aspiration. British values are actively promoted throughout the curriculum but in particularly through GCSE Citizenship, tutorial, assemblies and stop the clock drop down days.

Options available
GCSE'sArt, Business Studies, Computing, English, English Literature, French, 
Food Technology, Geography, History, IT,  Mathematics, PE, RE, Resistant Materials, Statistics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), 
Spanish and Textiles 
BTEC's -  Art, Business, Creative Media, Health and Social Care, Music Technology, Performing Arts and Sport  

KS4 (9-11)

Maths

English

Science

PE

Citizenship

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Careers

YEAR 9

4

4

4

2

1

3

3

3

1

YEAR 10

4

4

4

2

1

3

3

3

1

YEAR 11

4

4

6

1

0

3

3

3

1













Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10,11) - Key Features
  • 17 periods per week for core subjects: English, Maths, Science. 30 period week. 
  • All students to study double science, many triple (Chemistry/Physics/Biology) 
  • 12 periods per week for option subjects – Some students to complete options in 2 years, some 3 depending on progress to date. 
  • Students reselect or are guided into new options at end of Y10. 
  • Core maths to include statistics 
  • Core English to include Literature 
  • All students work towards achieving GCSE Computing 
  • All students work towards achieving BTEC First Award in Sport by the end of Y10
  • Enhancement includes of a range of support, intervention and enrichment opportunities. 
  • Triple science students to be identified at end of Y9
  • Range of additional programmes and interventions.
  • Withdrawal/intervention programmes identified by need.
  • British values are actively promoted throughout the curriculum.

Qualifications time allowance (excluding Y11 options where applicable)

KS4 

(Y9-11)

Maths

English

Science

PE

Computing

RE

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Intervention

YEAR 9

2015-16

5

6

6

2

1

1

3

3

3

0

YEAR 10

2015-16

6

6

6

3

0

0

3

3

3

0

YEAR 11

2015-16

6

5

6

0

0

0

4

4

4

1

Personalised Learning

At Swallow Hill we believe that every individual should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. To aid students in achieving this they will be expected to set and review regular targets across their whole academy career. This information will be shared with parents on a half-termly basis through our reporting system 'Rising Stars'. Maintaining progress throughout a student’s full academy career is of paramount importance at Swallow Hill and with this in mind we have designated teachers in each year group with specific responsibility for monitoring and tracking students’ progress. The Achievement Leaders and Assistant Achievement Leaders are key partners with students and parents. 

Personalised support for students in maintaining progress is a key element in student achievement and our commitment to this personalised approach is enhanced by our extensive and experienced intervention team, members of which are linked to each year group. 

Elements of personalised support your child may take advantage of at Swallow Hill include:
  • One-to-one tuition 
  • Small group work 
  • Business mentoring 
  • Peer mentoring 
  • Subject workshops/master classes 
  • Booster sessions 
  • Holiday schools

Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG)

All students are entitled to CEIAG which meets professional standards of practice and is student centered, impartial and confidential.

At Swallow Hill CEIAG is integrated into the students’ experience of the whole curriculum and is based on a partnership with them and their parents and careers. It is differentiated and personalised according to ability and is appropriate to students stage of learning. Ultimately it will raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity.

In addition to this students in years 7-11 have a dedicated Careers Education session with their form tutor on a weekly basis. During this time students follow the STEPS programme which allows them to self explore and plan for the future. Year 10 students have a dedicated weekly Careers lesson allowing them to work in more detail.

In yrs10-13 students will access individual meetings and targeted small group sessions with our Careers Advisor who is based on site for two days a week. The first meeting will place in the summer term of Y10 and continue into Y11.

All students have ongoing learning conversations with Form Tutors and Achievement Leaders to ensure that progression routes are suitable and aspiration is challenged.

Other CEIAG activities include,

• Independent speakers (Barclays Life Skills, Career Crowd Workshops)
• Assemblies
• Educational visits (O2, Premier Farnells, Logistics)
• Trips to Colleges & Universities (Stand out in a Global Market Conference, Careers Zone Workshops)
• Enterprise activities (LEAP Project)

We are also working in partnership with a range of local businesses through the ‘Make the Grade’ and ‘Business in the Community’ Projects. Recent activities have included;

• Annual Careers Conference
• Asda Pet Treat Challenge
• Premier Farnell Wearable Technology Challenge
• Employability Functional Workshop
• Interview Skills Workshops
• Business Employability Days
• Business Enterprise Challenge


Drop Down Education Opportunities


All students, in each year have the opportunity to take part in drop down activity days. These vary each year and include gifted and talented activities, external provides such as 'Prison, Me? No Way' and global citizenship projects that promote citizenship and British values. An example of this work can be seen below;


ACT Now - Year 10.

 

Budding cops of the future got the chance to take part in a series of mock exercises based around a terrorist attack.

 

Students from year 10 worked with Community Engagement Officers based at the Division as well as members of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

 

The ACT Now (All Communities Together) programme is an interactive community counter terrorism exercise where the students played the role of detectives.

 

The super-sleuths took decisions that then shaped the way the incident was investigated. Dealing with community members, the media and the families of those arrested is part and parcel of the work they had to do.

 

The exercise generated group discussions through lively and fast moving scenarios.

 

ACT Now (All Communities Together) was a classroom exercise hosted by officers that allowed student groups to play the role of police officers, to make carefully thought out decisions based on information from police sources and members of the public about a ‘pretend’ terrorist incident.

The exercise generated debate about issues, such as when police should take action, in a lively and fast moving situation. Students also had to consider how to deal with community issues that result from the incident. 

The workshops were designed to enable people from any background to be Counter Terrorism Officers for the day. The aim is to help youngsters to share their views and frustrations around terrorism in a safe and open environment.


Vocational Learning

We offer We offer a wide range of vocational courses for students who prefer a more practical approach to learning. These courses 
run alongside an extensive range of GCSE and AS/A2 subjects. 

Some of the vocational courses we offer are:
  • Health and Social Care 
  • Business Studies 
  • Music Technology
  • Outdoor Pursuits 
  • Sport 
  • Performing Arts 
  • Art 
  • Travel and Tourism 
  • Leisure and Tourism 
  • Public Services 
  • I-Media

SEN

At Swallow Hill we are aware that some students have special educational needs, which require special educational provision to be made for them. We have a large team of experienced SEN Teachers and Student Support Assistants offering a range of provision including 1:1 tuition, withdrawal groups and in class support. 

Swallow Hill also hosts a Specialist Language and Communication resource in partnership with the national Health Language and Communication therapy division. As a brand new academy we are well equipped with disabled parking, toilets and lifts to support any student/visitors with disabilities needing to access the site.

For more information please contact Assistant Principal, Nicholas O'Brien    no'brien@swallowhill.org