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The Curriculum

Students achieve excellent examination results but it is their intellectual curiosity and preparing them to have an impact in life, that holds the key to their success.  

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that goes beyond statutory requirements and in Years 9 and 10 students can tailor their studies according to their individual strengths and future career plans.  It is at this stage that students start work towards GCSEs and IGCSEs in selected subjects from Year 9.

The Curriculum:

Overdale (Years 7 & 8)
GCSE (Year 9, 10 & 11)

Bring Your Own Device

In order to develop independent learning we aim to provide students with anywhere, anytime and anyhow access to information resources for learning.  The use of IT is closely integrated into the teaching of subjects and our ‘Bring your Own Device’ programme offers students the ability to access resources via their own personal device  (laptop or tablet) in lessons.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

The Personal, Social and Health Education offered at the School equips students with the knowledge and skills to understand and manage difficult situations and is delivered by form teachers, the School Chaplain and the School Nurse.  Students learn how to recognise and manage risk, make safer choices and recognise when pressure from others may threaten their personal safety and wellbeing.  They can also learn effective ways of resisting pressure and where to seek help.

Topics covered through the PSHE programme include: 

  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Equality & Human Rights
  • Global Issues
  • Sex & Relationship Education
  • Study Skills

PSHE is delivered partly in a series of Focus Days, when the normal timetable for a particular year group is suspended, and partly by Form Tutors in a weekly session.  The programme is
co-ordinated by the Head of PSHE.