Curriculum Statement – CCSC

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Our curriculum is designed to develop students so that they unlock their potential and develop the knowledge and skills that they need to progress to the next stage of their learning. We aim for them to become happy and successful adults who make a positive and productive contribution to society.

The curriculum is designed and taught in the following way:

  1. Curriculum Overview
  2. Curriculum Intent
  3. Curriculum Sequencing/Scheduling (including specific planned RECAP/RECALL)
  4. Crucial knowledge/glossaries – key knowledge resources

These documents are shared and updated constantly with all parties in order to achieve maximum impact. Knowledge-based learning is at the heart of all specific subject curriculum. There is a high level of focus to ensure that the key knowledge is taught and learnt in context, with a constant focus on recap and recall. 

Once pupils have the specific key knowledge embedded into their long-term memory and recall is at a high level, there is an intent focus on application of crucial knowledge. 

Our curriculum is planned and sequenced to ensure that our children leave as mature, young adults with the required skills to take their place as citizens in our ever-changing world. To us, it is important that they have developed the resilience to become true lifelong learners.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced and has the EBacc at its heart.  We believe that all students should have the opportunity to study these key academic subjects alongside appropriate vocational and curriculum subjects.  MFL is taught to all pupils for five years. 

Our KS3 programme is studied in Years 7 and 8 and focuses on the EBacc subjects, together with other curriculum subjects. In order for us to deliver a wide range of option subjects alongside the EBacc, our KS4 programme of study runs from Year 9 to 11. 

Pupils not only have to study the EBacc, but also select subjects that suit their Post-16 aspirations. It allows pupils to try new subjects, choose what they enjoy and also have the flexibility of changing their Post-16 decisions in the future if needed. 

Our taught curriculum is enhanced by our PSCHE and pastoral programmes, as well as our exciting and extensive extra-curricular activities that are open to all children, regardless of ability or background.  Together, these ensure that pupils have the cultural capacity to continue their learning and development when they move to their next phase.

Our extra-curricular programme complements the curriculum. With a vast array of activities, clubs, ‘Lesson 6’ experiences, subject-specific excursions, visits abroad and many overnight UK cultural experiences, pupils at CCSC have many opportunities to further develop their school life and enjoy their time outside of lessons, as well as their learning in the classroom. 

The resources provided for staff and pupils are truly outstanding, including all pupils having their own personal iPad for use in and out of lessons, at home and in school. The use of online resources and materials to support the knowledge-based learning is exceptional.

An integral part of our pupils’ development is our extensive careers programme. We aim to guide our pupils through their Post-16 choices and ensure that they are fully equipped with the information and support required to be successful in their next stages.


Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

In Years 7 & 8 all pupils follow a broad, balanced programme of study, which meets the demands of the National Curriculum in Key Stage 3. This includes:

  • ·           English
  • ·           Mathematics
  • ·           Science
  • ·           French
  • ·           Spanish
  • ·           Technology (Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphics, Textiles & Food)
  • ·           Computing
  • ·           PSHCE
  • ·           Religious Education
  • ·           History
  • ·           Geography
  • ·           Music
  • ·           Art
  • ·           Physical Education

The Pupil Support services are available throughout the school for those with particular educational needs.

During Year 8, pupils will be taken through the options process to ensure that their talents and abilities are catered for in KS4. The school will invite parents into discuss various options available in school, and offer advice on the most appropriate courses available. The careers service will also be available to offer advice and guidance.

Curriculum and Qualifications

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11

Pupils study compulsory subjects to GCSE level. These are:

  • ·            Mathematics
  • ·            Science
  • ·            English Language & Literature
  • ·            MFL French &/or Spanish

In addition, all pupils study:

  • ·              Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
  • ·              Physical Education

The school also provides GCSE courses (and equivalent) in the following subjects:

  • ·               Computer Science
  • ·               Food Technology
  • ·               Resistant Materials
  • ·               History
  • ·               Geography
  • ·               Music
  • ·               Art
  • ·               3D Art
  • ·               Physical Education
  • ·               Dance
  • ·               Drama
  • ·               Theology
  • ·               iMedia
  • ·               Media Studies
  • ·               Film Studies
  • ·               Statistics
  • ·               Health & Social Care
  • ·               Child Development
  • ·               Enterprise and Marketing
  • ·               Citizenship
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