About Brandles School

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Curriculum Overview

Intent

At Brandles our credo is to create an atmosphere of purpose, happiness and kindness, driven by the core values of Growth, Resilience, Enthusiasm, Aspirations and Tolerance. These are the qualities we look to build on as we seek to form young people who will not only go on to be successful in their lives but, to be a force for good in a rapidly changing world.

Promoting academic excellence in harmony with social, emotional and mental health stability, the curriculum at Brandles is broad, balanced, challenging and engaging. We prepare students for the future by providing opportunities, responsibilities and experiences which they will encounter after leaving Brandles.

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Curriculum Overview

Intent

At Brandles our credo is to create an atmosphere of purpose, happiness and kindness, driven by the core values of Growth, Resilience, Enthusiasm, Aspirations and Tolerance. These are the qualities we look to build on as we seek to form young people who will not only go on to be successful in their lives but, to be a force for good in a rapidly changing world.

Promoting academic excellence in harmony with social, emotional and mental health stability, the curriculum at Brandles is broad, balanced, challenging and engaging. We prepare students for the future by providing opportunities, responsibilities and experiences which they will encounter after leaving Brandles.

Implementation

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is broadly divided into Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11). Alongside this we have created a series of enrichment activities that are focussed on developing the learning, social and emotional skills.

In order to ensure we cater for the needs of all our students we employ a variety of strategies including alternative education programmes, hybrid and bespoke timetables. This allows for flexible and adaptive teaching, differentiated to both support and challenge students of all abilities.

We acknowledge that literacy and numeracy levels are a key driver in the implementation of a purposeful and high quality curriculum. Therefore, we have a dedicated literacy and numeracy support assistant who specialises in improving reading, writing, comprehension and numeracy of students.

Moving into Key Stage 4 students follow both a core and option curriculum. The option curriculum allows students to progress further in areas in which they have a particular interest.

We offer a wide range of qualifications that are in keeping with our school motto of ‘preparing for the future’. These include GCSE, BTEC, Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificates, OCR Cambridge National Awards and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Impact

We measure impact of the curriculum through academic performance; learning walks; learning, social and emotional skill development; attendance; student feedback and external agency support.  This integrated approach allows for focussed strategic planning and continuous professional development in areas such as teaching and learning, assessment and specialist provision for students with SEMH needs such as ASD, ADHD, ODD and Dyslexia. 

Subjects Taught

  • Literacy and English
  • Numeracy and Mathematics
  • Art
  • Science
  • Music – Peripatetic
  • Physical Education
  • Computing and ICT
  • Humanities
  • Food Technology
  • Design Technology and Construction Trades
  • Sex and Relationships Education
  • Business Studies
  • Careers
  • Performing Arts
  • Martial Arts

Enrichment Activities

  • Photography
  • RC Cars
  • Adventurous Activities
  • Life Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Game making
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Golf
  • Field Craft
  • Motivation Coaching

 Able, Gifted and Talented students

At Brandles School we believe that all children should be challenged and inspired to achieve the best they can.

We understand the importance of creating a curriculum tailored to the individual needs of our pupils to motivate them to fulfil their potential. Gifted and Talented pupils are those who have been identified as showing an exceptional ability in one area or across different subjects. It might be that they are talented singers, artists or mathematicians. Whatever their unique ability, teachers  will stretch and stimulate them so they can gain the highest possible level.

This year will see the implementation of a Gifted and Talented Programme, offering a variety of activities designed to expand and inspire these boys to be the very best. The Programme will begin in September and will run throughout the year.

There is not one single definition of what a gifted and talented child is, however, at Brandles we believe that we must strive to provide these boys with the opportunities to develop and demonstrate their abilities both within and outside of the curriculum.

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