In years 7 to 9, the curriculum is designed to provide a balance of key skills, knowledge and values in a core curriculum of English, Maths and Science. The phase one curriculum provides students with a strong foundation for examination study in Year 10.
The subjects that your child will be studying are:
This is a Key Stage Four examination based curriculum which begins in Year 9. 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 to be stretched in aptitude and ability. Students select from a range of subjects from the Arts as well as Sport, Languages, Humanities and Business Studies. Nine hours per week are dedicated to English, Maths and Science. 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 on 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. 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 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. 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.
Young people at Ash Green School have regular access to counselling services through our dedicated Health & Wellbeing workers. The school provides access to a school nurse, where students can access support and advice on a wide range of health isssues. If parents wish to know more about these services they should contact the School.
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.