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 was 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 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, PSHE, PE, Textiles, and Resistant Materials. From 2017 Philosophy was introduced as a discrete subject in Year 7 and this was extended to Years 8 and 9 in September 2018. Additionally, the majority of students study a second language, Spanish, from Year 8.

Students are placed into a range of classes with students from their own year. Some of these are ability groupings and some are more mixed. GCSE English, Mathematics and Science are all taught in sets while optional subjects are largely grouped according to student subject preferences. 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 academic curriculum. Students can opt to follow a range of subjects that will lead to the English Baccalaureate. All students study English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (at least two GCSEs), Physical Education, and Society, Relationships and Values. Students then choose four options which can include Geography, History, French, Spanish, German, Religious Studies, Art, Drama, Food and Nutrition, Graphics, Health and Social Care, Business Studies, ICT and Computing, Media Studies, Music, Photography, Sport and Timber Technology. Students may also be invited to join 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 throughout the year and the data is analysed through 4Matrix.

We are delighted that students at Crispin achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.34* in 2018. We were particularly pleased that students across the school achieved results above the local and 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).

Finally, enrichment is seen as being very important at Crispin and students have a wide range of opportunities to learn outside formal lessons. Such opportunities include school trips, sporting activities, music, dramatic productions, work experience, visiting speakers and school leadership opportunities.

* - provisional figure

Last Updated: September 2018