The Curriculum

What arrangements are made for new Year 7 pupils?

Pupils are divided into registration classes.  Every pupil will belong to a house.  The names of the houses are:- Buddug, Gwenllian, Madog, Rhodri.  Pupils will stay within the same houses throughout their school lives.
Every effort is made to keep friends together when teaching/registration classes are formed.
Pupils are placed in bands according to literacy and numeracy achievements.  Pupils follow their timetable with the same band of pupils.

Which subjects are studied during the first year?

Welsh, English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art, Music, Information Technology, French and Physical Education.

Will the subjects and organisation change in the second and third years?

The curriculum remains more or less unchanged in years 8 and 9.  There will be a setting policy in most subjects.  Pupils will be set in groups according to their ability in individual subjects.

How is time allocated during the school week?

There will be 25 lessons per week.  The curriculum is organised into 50 (hour) periods.  The school operates a two-weekly timetable.  A morning session of 20 minutes is allocated for pastoral work and a second morning session of 45 minutes is allocated to Personal and Social Education.

Is it possible for pupils to choose subjects that they enjoy?

At the end of year 9, pupils may choose to continue with some subjects and to leave others go.  The curriculum will reflect the latest developments associated with the Learning Pathways and will include a variety of general and vocational courses.  Every pupil must follow courses in Welsh, English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Physical Education and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

In addition to the subjects above, pupils must choose another 3 subjects, from the following:
History, Geography, Art and Design, Drama, Physical Education, Design and Technology, (including Food, Graphics, Textiles, Resistant Materials), French, Spanish, Music, Business, Child Development, Hair and Beauty, Construction and Travel and Tourism.

The school provides a booklet for years 10 and 11 which includes details about these subjects.

Will the options change at all?

The options do change occasionally according to statutory guidelines and school policy.

Are the pupils able to take the subjects that they choose?

Pupils are usually able to take the courses that they choose.  The school offers Personal Social Education and Careers Advice and Guidance to the pupils so that they may choose their subjects wisely and keep their options open without specialising too early.

What about the National Curriculum?

The school fully meets the demands of the National Curriculum and therefore every pupil enjoys cross-curricular themes and dimensions.

Which external examinations are offered?

Pupils can study GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and BTEC courses but the school also offers courses at Entry Pathways for those who find GCSE too demanding.

In addition the school delivers the Welsh Bacclaureate at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Level in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

Years 12/13 (“The Sixth Form”)

The school operates an open sixth form policy, and pupils are given the opportunity of choosing certain educational pathways.

The school provides a booklet for year 12 explaining the wide range of subjects available.

Is there support for students when choosing their pathways?

Every pupil will receive a careers interview during year 11 and also will be given the opportunity to attend a pupil/parents’ evening allocated for giving advice to pupils pursuing  16+ courses.

After receiving their results we extend an invitation to all year 11 pupils to come to the school for a morning so that we can ensure that pupils pursue courses suited to their ability and relevant to their needs when they leave for college, university or take up employment.

Students may, of course, choose a combination of subjects.  The school offers the following Level 3 courses:

  • Welsh
  • French
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Design and Technology
  • Religious Education
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Social Care
  • Construction
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • ICT . Electronics
  • History . Geography
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Public Services
  • Child Care
  • Construction