Curriculum Intention

Our curriculum intention is to prepare students for further education and/or employment with a broadly academic curriculum, which suits the needs of our students. This is done whilst giving the students some autonomy over their studies, allowing them ownership for their learning.

We aim to create well rounded individuals who appreciate right from wrong and understand British values and what these mean in modern day Britain. Through our focus on PSHEE they will be happy, healthy and safe, whilst learning how to be considerate of others, enabling them to become good citizens via SMSC.

Students will leave Barton Manor School with a clear vision of, and prepared for, their chosen future. They will be equipped with the qualifications, knowledge, skills and morals needed to succeed.

Overview

At Barton Manor School we will offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which is both challenging and stimulating. All pupils in Years 7 and 8 will follow the National Curriculum and in Years 9 to 11 they will have the opportunity to study a range of GCSE, Vocational, BTEC, Technical and Creative subjects. The curriculum will be designed to meet the needs of all learners. In Years 9 – 11 our curriculum will offer personalised pathways to success and future opportunities in training, Further Education and ultimately in achieving fulfilling careers.

For any pupil who has additional and/or special educational needs we will have an outstanding team to support them. We will ensure that no child is left behind and all make exceptional progress. Equally, we will ensure any pupil who exhibits exceptional talents will be nurtured to excel.

Students at Barton Manor School will follow a curriculum that provides opportunity for students to study at a pace that suits each individual.  This curriculum has been designed to allow students to focus on the key knowledge and understanding required whilst eliminating, as far as possible, repetition of topics already covered in primary school.  English, mathematics and science strategies enable students to select a route that meets the individual needs of students.

The advantage of this scheme is a greater degree of flexibility and choice across the whole curriculum as students’ progress from Years 7 – 11.  Students will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of learning pathways which will allow for a personalised curriculum for both GCSE and Technical subjects; thereby selecting subjects that are relevant to their interests and talents, along with providing the appropriate challenge for each individual.

During both key stages there will be a strong focus on PSHEE and SMSC within the curriculum to support students in being safe and healthy in modern day Britain and have an understanding and consideration of others around them, enabling them to become good citizens; this will be done through lessons, the tutor programme, PSHEE sessions and enrichment days.

BCATs commitment to Thinking Schools pedagogy means the curriculum is designed and implemented through an educational community in which all members share a common commitment to giving regular careful thought to everything that takes place. This involves both students and staff learning how to think reflectively, critically and creatively, and employing these skills and techniques in the construction of a meaningful curriculum and associated activities. These tools encourage resilience and independence, giving students confidence in their learning. Successful outcomes are reflected in students across a wide range of abilities, demonstrating independent and co-operative learning skills, high levels of achievement and both enjoyment and satisfaction in learning. Embedded within this is a commitment to promoting excellence in literacy and numeracy; so that our students leave us as highly thoughtful practitioners with exceptional literacy and numeracy skills which allow them to showcase their knowledge and understanding.

All curriculum areas will cater for disadvantaged students through the implementation of our ‘PP Pledge’ this places initial focus on these learners with the mantra of Pupil Premium F1RST, ensuring they are making excellent progress. The SEN students in our school will have personalised support and strategies are implemented in all lessons to meet their individual needs.