Curriculum

Our Vision

At Stockland Green School we are a school with the highest aspirations for our young people and wider community. We believe in opportunities and provision that will not only help students to achieve academically but will help them to develop into fine young adults that will make a positive contribution to the world around them.

We believe that our curriculum should provide a broad and balanced experience for all our students. It should develop young adults that demonstrate our PRIDE characteristics of Perseverance, Responsibility, Integrity, Determination and Empathy, and allow for the development of our students into well rounded individuals.

The curriculum is everything that happens in our School, which helps students learn and develop knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes. Learning takes place in the classroom, and also, for example, through assemblies, theatrical and musical productions, clubs, residential courses, educational visits, and community work.

Our curriculum aims to address the social disadvantage of cultural capital [the essential knowledge that students need to be educated citizens]. Central to our curriculum intent is to build a rich and diverse knowledge base for all students through providing a broad and balanced curriculum up until the end of Year 9 where students engage in the richness of their subjects and they will learn the very best knowledge that each subject has to offer.

As part of our drive for a knowledge rich curriculum, we focus on cognitive learning strategies; embedding strategies across the curriculum that support the learning process. Also through the careful and thoughtful sequencing of our subject content, we develop cross curricular links to ensure students make connections across the curriculum thus strengthening the learning process.

Stockland Green’s School curriculum policy is based on the following wider school aims, to:

  • maintain a community where all members of Stockland Green School feel valued, cared for and respect those around them
  • ensure that students aspire to be the very best that they can be in all aspects of their life
  • develop a love of learning and build resilience to enable students to overcome the many challenges they will face
  • develop students that believe that anything is possible if they work hard enough
  • enable all to achieve personal excellence in everything that they do
  • support our students to make the most appropriate choices for life beyond school

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

At Key Stage Three, our students are taught a breadth of subjects in line with the National Curriculum. To ensure that every student can work at a level and pace appropriate to his/her ability and needs, the core subjects (English, Maths and Science) are taught in groups arranged according to students’ ability.

Physical Education and Personal Development (which encompasses PSHE, SRE and Citizenship) are compulsory subjects taught in mixed ability groupings.

Technology subjects are taught in rotation to ensure all students study a range of courses focused around the areas of Computing, Product Design, Textiles and Food & Nutrition.

All students study two modern foreign languages: currently we offer French and Spanish.

In both English and Maths set 6 (lowest set), we ensure key skills in literacy and numeracy are offered to those students who need to catch up and to secure the necessary functional skills required in order to progress in all subjects.  

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

During Key Stage 3, all students select their GCSE options in Year 9 so that they can begin their GCSE studies at the start of Year 10.  We ensure our students study a breadth of subjects across a range of qualifications. It also enables our students to build on the key stage three programme and begin to develop core skills in Year 9 which can be applied to their GCSE programmes of study.

Guided Pathways

Through the Guided Pathways process students have the option to follow the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) which requires the study of a foreign language with Science, Humanities subjects (History or Geography) and/or Computing.  We offer a range of free choice subjects which are open to all students, which includes Fine Art, Art Textiles, Computing, Music, Sports Science, Drama, Product Design, Food and Nutrition, iMedia, Health and Social Care and Religious Education.  Parents and students are fully consulted about and involved in the Guided Pathways process.

We provide Functional Skills courses in English and Maths during an option block for those students that require additional support. 

Key Stage 4 Options

In Key Stage 4, all students follow a CORE curriculum which includes the following subjects:

  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Science (double award and single sciences)
  • Physical Education
  • Our Citizenship programme delivers Wellbeing sessions, British Values, CEIAG, SMSC and reading for pleasure.

Personal Development Policy

For more information on the Stockland Green Curriculum, contact our Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for the curriculum, Sean Castle – s.castle@stockgrn.bham.sch.uk