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Our Model of Curriculum Provision

posted 19 Jun 2018, 07:01 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 19 Jun 2018, 07:03 ]

Some important changes are taking place at Greenfield Community College in the forthcoming school year which begins in September 2018. It has been agreed that students in Years 10 and 11, will be taught together on the Aycliffe site as from September 2018.

The fundamental rationale for this change is to raise academic standards across the school and provide maximum curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for all students.

The Ofsted report of June 2017 judged that the school required improvement. Since September 2017 new systems have been put in place in response.

  • Staff have worked very hard to raise the expectations of students in all groups and implement more rigorous procedures.
  • A more consistent approach to routine arrangements including behavior for learning was established. 
  • To improve the accuracy of assessments, standardisation meetings were introduced. 
  • A more personalised curriculum was introduced for year 11 students along with a comprehensive intervention and support programme. 
  • Strategies were put in place to enhance student study and revision skills. Homework has been set with greater consistency across all year groups and work has been undertaken with students to improve the quality of their writing.
  • Procedures to improve attendance, including that of SEND students (special educational needs and disabilities), have been established. The SEND policy has been revised in order to provide more appropriate support to SEND students. 

Our Model for 2018-20

In years 7, 8 and 9 we support and nurture all of our students. The smaller groups in years 7, 8, 9 help develop the skills for learning that prepare them for the reformed GCSE content in years 10 and 11.

Provision for years 7, 8 and 9 will be unaffected and these students will continue to benefit from targeted, high quality teaching on both our sites.

There will be regular learning events for the whole of years 7, 8 and 9 that will allow the students to come together. Access to sports teams and educational visits will be available for all students.

The facilities at Shildon will also be used by primary schools. A programme will be offered to primary schools so that they can use the facilities, assisted by specialist staff, to enhance their curriculum in areas such as science, technology and performing arts.

A specialist EVOLVE centre will also be established at Shildon for students from across the two sites who need specialist support to develop their learning.

This model of where we teach our students provides a strong context for personal development and wellbeing. This provides greater resilience for students taking their GCSE’s and moving on to the next stage of their education. By bringing all of years 10 and 11 onto one site for all of their subjects, there will be equality in the GCSE curriculum providing opportunity for all students. Students will be taught in groups of similar ability so students can receive more targeted support. The curriculum will become more personalised for the students meeting each individual’s academic needs. Students will be able to spark ideas off each other and be stretched by their peers and their teachers be being in these targeted groups of similar ability as they seek the best possible grades at GCSE. This model prepares students for post 16 as it allows them to work in a larger context emulating 6th form/college conditions and preparing students for career. It allows a more personalised approach to careers advice and guidance.

The organisation of our school will ensure that all students will be able to have access to the whole range of extra-curricular activities available for their year groups across the school. This will include special off-timetable events led by both school staff and external providers, such as study skills and careers sessions.

This model will provide greater opportunities for our young people from both Newton Aycliffe and Shildon.