‘In Key Stage 3 we aim to support the school’s vision of becoming an outstanding school in all aspects by 2020. Students will be fully prepared for KS4 by ensuring that we give each and every one a wide variety of experiences through an engaging and stimulating range of activities completed within lessons, registration, around school, the local community and beyond. Learning and teaching will be dynamic and transform the life chances of all students; disadvantage will never be a barrier to success.’
As part of the KS3 vision, each Year Group has a key theme:
Year 7 – Induction and Development
A key aim of this year is to induct students into The Beacon School’s routines and academic/behavioural expectations. There will be a particular focus on developing a love of learning within a culture that promotes independence and celebrates student achievement, effort and ‘going the extra mile’.
Year 8 – ‘GCSE ready’
A key aim of this year is to ensure students have the best opportunity to achieve their end of KS3 targets, have academic ambition and be role models to other students. There will be a particular focus on developing students’ resilience and retention skills through the rigour of their study. Broadening students’ understanding of varied careers through a range of activities will inform their transition to a more personalised programme of study at KS4.
When students arrive in Year 7, we aim to build on their knowledge and skills from Key Stage 2. We ensure all our schemes of learning contain lessons that will inspire and engage our students and offer the right level of challenge for students of all abilities. There is a strong focus on the core subjects of English, Literacy, Mathematics, Mathematical Skills and Science. Students also study Art, Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Music, Personal, Social and Citizenship Education, Physical Education and Religious Studies.
Students are set by academic ability in the majority of their subjects; we offer an express stream for our most able students.
During Year 8, students consolidate their Key Stage 3 learning and further develop their skills and knowledge that will form the basis of a good understanding in Year 9 and beyond. Our comprehensive Options Programme takes place during the spring term and enables each student to be guided on to a personalised curriculum experience in Key Stage 4. We aim to ensure every Year 8 student is ‘GCSE ready’ by the end of the academic year.
Additional information regarding Years 7 and 8 can be found within the KS3 Curriculum Guide.
Curriculum Maps for each subject provide details about what students will be learning at different times of the school year. Included in each plan is how students can further extend their learning outside of the classroom environment.