Curriculum Approach

Curriculum Approach

The Everest curriculum is designed to ensure that there is no learning time wasted.  We run a two week timetable with five one hour lessons a day.  There are no double lessons to ensure maximum pace and subjects are spread out over the two week period.

Students are set from year 7 in English, Maths and Science and taught in mixed ability in all other subjects.  All teachers differentiate their lessons to meet the needs of the learners even when students are grouped by ability. 

Key Stage Three

In years 7 and 8 students study English, mathematics and Science along with Art, Computing, Dance, Drama, Food, French, Geography, German, History, PE, RE, Technology and Spanish.  Our Key Stage three curriculum is significantly challenging to ensure that students have been taught the necessary skills and content to be equipped to move onto Key Stage four in year 9.

During year 8, students are guided through the pathways process and are given bespoke guidance on which pathway best suites them.  Pathways vary between individuals, year groups and are dependent on the cohort.  All students must do at least one of history or geography and around 75% are encouraged to take a modern foreign language.

Key Stage Four

Students then have three years to study their GCSE pathways which means they can cover the content and depth required.  There are some subjects that are compulsory and these are contained in the core block.  Core subjects are: English, mathematics, science (including triple science), RE and either BTEC Sport or Health & Social Care.

The remainder of curriculum time is individual and personalised; students get four option choices. This means that most students take ten GCSEs.  Pathways subjects are reviewed each year depending on the interest and ability of the year group but includes Business Studies, Computing, Dance, Drama, 3D Design, Fine Art, Food, Geography, History, Photography, French, German and Spanish.

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