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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.

    We believe in an education that gives all of our students the tools they need to go on and lead independent, purposeful and fulfilled adult lives.  We have a strong community spirit led by our house pastoral system whereby children of all ages are expected to support each other and uphold our values.  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 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 about which examination courses interest them based on their personal interests, achievement and our careers advice. They will begin to study examination subjects from year 9 onwards.

    In year 7 & 8 students are placed into one of two halves of the year. In English and Science there is one class group of four comprising of the most able students and all other class 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 Mathematics in September but will be moved into new ability groups 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: 

     

    English

    Maths

    Science

    MFL

    Hist

    Geog

    Tech

    PE

    Art

    RS

    Music

    Drama

    Computing

    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 the next three year period.  In most of their subjects the will begin studying at GCSE level to build their experience and maturity over a longer period than the usual 2 years.  Students will study a core curriculum of English, Maths and Science in more depth.  In addition they will begin to make some important option 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 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 examination subjects in 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 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

    1hr

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

    2hrs

    Per week

     

    YEAR 11

     

    English

    Maths

    Science

    PE

    EBACC 1

    EBACC 2

    Option 2

    Option 3

    Subject Support

    4hrs

    Per week

    4hrs

    Per week

    6hrs

    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 (equivalent to 3 A-levels). 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

    Please note:  Almost all subjects have now changed to the new GCSE and A-level curriculum.  We will have updated course outlines on our website by October half term to reflect these changes.  In the meantime, please contact the school if you have an enquiry.