At Prendergast Vale our curriculum is built to offer breadth and balance to all our learners at every stage in our all through school. Whether that be addressing the early development foci of our youngest learners or the academic aspirations and qualifications of our Key Stage 4 students as they approach their public examinations. Our teaching is responsive to the new changes in the National Curriculum and embraces the high standards in knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of a Twenty-First Century education. We are innovative in our approach and integrate our responsibilities around delivering social, moral, spiritual and cultural, digital literacy and careers education into our programme of academic studies at all key stages. In addition to our academic routes, we offer a wide variety of enrichment lessons and activities.
All students study the following subjects at Key Stage 3: Maths, English Literature, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Drama, Music, PE, Art, Design and Technology, Spanish, History, Geography and Religious Education.
At Key stage 4, all students study the following Core Curriculum: Maths, English Literature, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics (Double Science with an option to study Triple Science), Spanish, Religious Education and a Humanities subject (History or Geography).
Students then elect to study a further two subjects from this list: Computer Science, Drama, Music, PE, Art, Design and Technology, a second Humanities subject (History or Geography) and Triple Science (additional studies in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
This is in addition to their statutory participation in studies which support their wider development in sports, ICT and social, moral, spiritual and cultural studies.
Please see our subject pages for more detail on the topics studied and the exam boards we use.
Meeting the needs of the more able
Catering to the needs of the more able is a high priority at Prendergast Vale. We provide a full range of opportunities, trips and programmes for all learners at the school, but are now specifically developing our provision for the more able cohort.
We are working with a school which is a national leader in more able provision to ensure that we identify and challenge all of our more able students. It is important to use a variety of indicators to establish the cohort, taking the input of teaching staff to build a list of names students who excel, or should excel, in each subject area – and then to review the list regularly.
Examples of our current provision include :
- The ‘Growing Doctors’ programme – offering targeted support and mentoring for aspiring medics from Year 8 upwards
- Trips to University College London and Accenture UK to inform students about opportunities at University and for careers in Finance and Management.
- Participation of our more able mathematicians in the national Maths Challenge events at Intermediate and Junior level (Years 9&10 and 7&8 respectively) and also for Primary students in Year 6.
- Classes, as part of our enrichment offer, for students targeting A/A* grades at GCSE in English and a Philosophy club to extend students beyond our usual curriculum content.
- Participation in Salter’s Chemistry Festival (2013 winners).
- Enrichment classes for our most talented art students targeting A/A* grades at GCSE plus an option to follow an art history based practical course post GCSE.
Plans for this year include developing our links with the schools programmes run by University College London and also Merton College Oxford.