Ash Green School is a beacon of aspiration and excellence where our students are supported to be successful, well-informed, highly skilled and confident world citizens. We encourage our students to exceed their expected grades in order to improve their life chances at college, university and beyond. We aim to provide a broad and full inclusive curriculum where children enjoy learning and are able to thrive relative to their starting points.
Curriculum Intent Rationale Overview
Our curriculum aims to deliver the following outcomes:
a. The broadest, most engaging and accessible curriculum to allow all of our pupils to be successful in their aspirations.
b. Nurture a love for learning and create life-long learners
c. An enriching and fully inclusive learning environment
d. Well prepared and resilient young people who can embrace modern society
The main principles behind our curriculum set out to achieve the following:
a. Enable students to effectively access and fully understand key information and to utilise skills so that they are able to confidently and accurately retain and recall information over time.
b. Create a composite knowledge learning journey that is accessible to all students, through identification of key components of learning and sequencing across the Key Stages.
c. Provide a broad, enriching and inclusive aspirational curriculum offer.
d. Create independent and confident young learners by supporting students with essential skills for memory recall, developing reading and encouraging students to develop a secure knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum by:
AGS Curriculum Phased Approach
At AGS we follow the National Curriculum. This is delivered through the fostering of Academic, Ambition and the Knowledge Connected Curriculum. We plan intentionally for a broad and enriching 3 year Key Stage 3 experience. The programme includes cores subjects of English, Maths, Science as well as EBAC subjects of History, Geography, Religious Studies, French, Spanish and Computer Science. There is a range of creative subjects such as Art. PE and Music. Through the implementation of this balanced curriculum students are able to transition and build on prior knowledge and skills with confidence into a 2 year Key Stage 4 examination programme and Key Stage 5 in the schools Sixth Form to study Advanced Levels should they wish.
Our curriculum enables our students to not only excel in academic performance but also to develop the knowledge, behaviour and skills by well- planned experiences that will build confidence and widen their understanding of the world.
At AGS we optimise on enriching experiences for our students including;
All students are expected to take part in at least one enrichment activity after school every term in addition to individual opportunities offered in school such as intervention or homework club.We have systems in place for encouraging, acknowledging and rewarding extra-curricular endeavour which include a Bronze, Silver and Gold award for participation throughout the year.
In years 7 to 9, the curriculum is designed to provide a broad and balanced programme of key skills, knowledge and values in a curriculum that builds on the fundamental skills and knowledge of Key Stage 2. of English, Maths and Science. The phase one curriculum is planned and sequenced carefully to develop the learners interest and understanding of a range of subjects and proactively builds on knowledge and skills to provide a string foundation and students confidence for examination study in Year 10 and build on prior knowledge and skills with confidence into Key Stage 4.
The subjects studied are:
In Year 10 students embark on a 2 year, Key Stage Four examination based curriculum. Students opt for their chosen GCSE pathway in Year 9. This provides students with a two year window in which to secure their minimum expected grades and for students to receive intervention, be supported and stretched in aptitude and ability. All students will study core subjects of English, Maths and Science which are set to optimise intervention and secure the best possible outcomes. Students select from a range of other subjects from the list below:
|EBACC Subjects||Other Subjects|
|Geography||Art & Design||Health & Social Care|
|History||Business||Hospitality & Catering|
|Computer Science||Graphical Communication|
Students choose at least 1 EBACC subject alongside 3 other option subjects. We offer a range of both GCSE and BTEC courses and students are able to pursue a highly personalised pathway to success, heavily influenced by our Careers Education Curriculum.
This is a two year Sixth Form programme of offer, including both academic and vocational pathways for 16-18 year olds. The courses available offer excellent progression from GCSE & BTEC success in Year 11 and provides students with access into universities including prestigious Russell Group Universities and Apprenticeship courses at 18. . All post 16 students are in Sixth Form tutor groups to offer bespoke and personalised support through what is commonly acknowledged as the most challenging part of their educational journey. This is to optimise outcomes at Level 3 specific dedicated pastoral support and excellent guidance on UCAS and the application process for Apprenticeships are offered.
All Year 7 to 9 students study Religious Education. In Key Stage 4 study Religious Education in a rolling programme through the tutor time programme on study. In addition students can choose Religious Studies as a GCSE option. Aspects of religious education are also delivered across a number of curriculum areas. Ash Green School holds no affiliation with any particular religion or religious denomination but is welcome and supportive of members of any faith and those with no religious affiliation. Students attend an assembly once a week in their year group and this may include elements of a religious or moral nature.
Sex and Relationship Education
Students will have already been taught Reproduction at Key Stage 3 through the Science curriculum. Our focus in Key Stage 4 is on improving understanding of issues around sexual health and relationships. The Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) interventions allow students to discuss and raise a variety of health and relationship issues including: safe sex, sexually transmitted infections, teenage pregnancy and contraception. We hope that young people are able to develop a mature attitude to the many choices they will need to make regarding their own health during adolescence and in adult life. Parents/guardians may formally withdraw their children from all or part of these interventions if they so wish.
Citizenship education is delivered across a number of curriculum areas and in the Tutor Programme. Students have the opportunity to contribute to student forums and are all involved in numerous charity fundraising events during the year. They can also apply to become a Student Leader.
The curriculum is carefully planned to be progressive and aspirational and is sequenced to form a 7 year learning journey that enables students to understand key concepts and transfer learning into their long term memory.
The delivery of the curriculum is consistent across the subject disciplines to ensure a high quality of inclusive education and learning
The Quality Assurance cycle is robust and holistic and ensures that standards are upheld so that the curriculum can be effective.
Assessments are well planned alongside the curriculum to allow for regular and meaningful assessment and intervention and prepare students effectively for formal examinations