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    Curriculum Details

    Curriculum Details

    West Hatch School Vision

    We are a family dedicated to all our students excelling academically and personally in our school and beyond by seizing the opportunities we provide. We unlock potential for all to thrive and open doors for all to achieve.

    The wide ranging curriculum offered at West Hatch reflect our school vision and is indicative of the importance that we place on the development of the whole student, academic, physical and personal.  We believe in a holistic education, combined with a strong community spirit and in giving all of our students the tools they need to go on and lead independent, purposeful and fulfilled adult lives.

    We provide students with an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum in their first two years. Students study a wide range of academic and creative subjects which are designed to give them a comprehensive range of experiences before they begin to consider which subjects they would like to take towards their exams in the upper school. This empowers students to make appropriate choices based on their personal interests, achievement and careers advice which they will begin to study from year 9 onwards.

    In year 7 & 8 students are placed into one of two halves of the year. On each side there is one group comprising of the most able and all other groups are mixed ability. Only mathematics sets all groups according to ability on each side of the year group. In Year 7, all students are placed in mixed ability groups in September but may be moved into new groups after October half term once we know more about them. We also have a booster group in Year 7 which aims to support those students that are not yet secondary ready, ensuring they make rapid progress and are in line with their peers as swiftly as possible.

    The 7 & 8 curriculum model is set out below: 

     

    Eng

    Math

    Scie

    MFL

    Hist

    Geog

    Tech

    PE

    Art

    RS

    Music

    Drama

    Comp

    3hrs Per week

    3hrs Per week

    3hrs

    Per week

    3hrs Per week

    2hrs Per week

    2hrs Per week

    2hrs Per week

    2hrs Per week

    1hr Per week

    1hr Per week

    1hr Per week

    1hr Per week

    1hr Per week

    In Year 9, we offer an aspirational and interesting curriculum which builds students skills and experiences of academic study over a three year period.  Students will study a core curriculum of English, Maths and Science in more depth.  In addition they will begin to make some important choices about which subjects they enjoy learning best and study these over different timescales.  We arrange the curriculum this way to provide students with a focus in each year and allow them to achieve a spread of qualifications over a three year period.  Students will also begin studying their two chosen EBACC subjects from the beginning of Year 9.  Currently they choose from Computer Science, History, Geography, French and Spanish.  This gives them time to mature and develop experience of these very important qualifications over a three year period before taking these qualifications at the end of Year 11.  In summary, the intention is for each student to complete one level 2 qualification by the end of Year 9, another at level 2 at the end of Year 10 and the rest of their qualifications at the end of Year 11. 

    The Year 9 curriculum model is set out below:

     

     

    English

    Maths

    Science

    PE

    EBACC 1

    EBACC 2

    Financial Literacy

    Option 1

    5hrs

    Per week

    4hrs

    Per week

    5hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    3hrs

    Per week

    At the end of Year 9 most students make a further two level 2 option choices to study across Years 10 and 11.  They choose from a wide offer of subjects based on their levels of progress to date.  This is supported with high quality Careers advice and support led by our full time careers advisor, Mr Towsey.  Recognising the pressure that students can sometimes feel, we also have a high quality pastoral support system, including mentoring, tailored study and a qualified counselling service where there is a need.  For more information on our option choices please visit the ‘options’ tab under the parents section of the website.

    The Year 10 and 11 curriculum model is set out below:

     YEAR 10

     

    English

    Maths

    Science

    PE

    EBACC 1

    EBACC 2

    Financial Literacy

    Option 2

    Option 3

    5hrs

    Per week

    4hrs

    Per week

    5hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

     

    YEAR 11

     

    English

    Maths

    Science

    PE

    EBACC 1

    EBACC 2

    Option 2

    Option 3

    Subject Support

    5hrs

    Per week

    5hrs

    Per week

    5hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    1hr

    Per week

    At KS5 students are able to follow a number of routes; A Levels, a mixture of A Level and BTEC courses or a fully vocational programme. Each of these courses is at Level 3 and is part of a study programme which includes scheduled independent study, pastoral activities, tutor time, PSEC days as well as any extra-curricular activities students pursue. Students who did not achieve the base standard on English or Mathematics at GCSE are also expected to follow these courses again during Year 12. Finally, students wishing to challenge themselves further have the option of taking the Extended Project.  We employ an experienced KS5 team who offer full support for careers advice, university applications, and apprenticeships as well as a dedicated study centre and common room.

    To see more information on our curriculum offer at Key Stage 5 click here.

    At West Hatch, the teaching of physical, social, emotional, health and citizenship education plays a key part in students overall development. Students therefore receive lessons on these aspects during form time each week via a comprehensive programme. Aspects of religious education are also delivered within these periods. The school regularly holds drop down days for each year group which focus on specific age related aspects such as driving education in Year 11 and the Sixth From and Sex Education at KS3.

    In addition to the formal curriculum students are offered a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities which include the Duke of Edinburgh Award and many leadership opportunities. We look for students to commit to a broad range of activities to support their development as a well rounded individual.

    If you require more information regarding the curriculum please contact the school on admin@westhatch.essex.sch.uk

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