The Curriculum at Crispin

At Crispin our curriculum is designed to embody the themes we have deemed central to the school, namely: ‘Aspiration, Compassion, Excellence’.

The learning pathway all students undertake is broad, balanced, and appropriate. The curriculum has been reviewed in the light of the National Curriculum introduced in 2014. Although Crispin is an academy, the broad outlines of the National Curriculum are followed across the school.

On joining Crispin in Year 7, every student experiences a variety of learning styles, techniques, and curriculum areas. However, we strongly believe that it is crucial that students develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to allow them to progress in their studies throughout the school and also to prepare them fully for life beyond Crispin.

In Key Stage 3 all students study English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Beliefs and Values, Art, Drama, Food Technology, French, Graphics, ICT and Computing, Music, PE, Textiles, and Resistant Materials. From 2017 we will be introducing Philosophy as a discrete subject in Year 7. Additionally, the majority of students study a second language, Spanish, from Year 8.

Students are placed into ability groupings during the first half term in Year 7 for English (which forms the basis for groupings in other curriculum areas), Mathematics, and Science. Our fervent belief is that all students can make excellent progress regardless of their prior attainment or any additional learning needs. We carefully monitor the composition of our teaching groups and make adjustments when appropriate.

As students move into Key Stage 4 they are given the opportunity to opt to follow certain subjects while all following a core curriculum. All students can opt to follow a range of subjects that will lead to the English Baccalaureate. Students study English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (at least two GCSEs), Physical Education, and PSHE (which includes General Studies in Year 11). Students then choose four options which can include Triple Science, History, Geography, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Religious Studies, Art, Drama, Food Technology, Graphics, ICT and Computing, Music, PE, Photography, Textiles, and Resistant Materials. Students can also opt for a programme of Core Support in Year 10 to support their learning in English, Mathematics, and Life Skills.

A range of intervention strategies are deployed in the school which include supporting students with additional needs including those who are deemed gifted and talented. Additional support is provided across subject areas with a particular emphasis on English, Mathematics and Emotional and Social Support.

There is a renewed focus on assessment and feedback at Crispin and there are protocols for assessment, marking of literacy and extended writing. At all times the focus is on supporting students to make the next steps to improve their learning. Student progress reviews occur six times a year and the data is analysed through Sisra. Progress from Year 7 is analysed according to the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for success in GCSEs at the end of Year 11.

We were delighted that students at Crispin achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.27 in 2016. We were particularly pleased that students across the school achieved results above the national average (boys and girls, students with special educational needs, students in receipt of pupil premium and students with high, mid, and low prior attainment at Key Stage 2).

Last Updated: May 2017