Curriculum Review 2018-2019
In response to significant changes to both qualifications and national performance measures, Christ the King Catholic High School has recently completed a review of its Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 curriculum provision. Several options were considered to ensure that students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and have the opportunity to reach their potential, without sacrificing their well-being.
Following extensive research into curriculum design and the development of knowledge acquisition at Key Stage 3, the decision has been made to plan a 3 year Key Stage 3 and 2 year Key Stage 4 for 2019/20. At Key Stage 4 it was felt that while a three year model (current Year 9) had some benefits and allowed subject leaders to get to grips with the specification content, the existing curriculum model in place for Year 10 and 11 (two year model) is the most appropriate for our learners and internal data shows that pupils are making good progress on the new GCSEs and high-value vocational courses. A three year Key Stage 3 gives pupils access to a broad and balanced curriculum, studying a wide range of subject disciplines, complemented with a rich and varied character (cultural capital) and personal development programme, allowing pupils time to grow academically and personally over 3 years to make decisions about their future choices. Research also suggests that narrowing of the curriculum has a disproportionate negative effect on disadvantaged pupils which further supports our decision to plan a three year Key Stage 3.
We encourage our high prior attainers to take the full EBacc but we do not believe it should be made compulsory. Therefore there will be no major change in the Christ the King school curriculum for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
At Key Stage 5, small changes were proposed to the subjects offered in order to increase the viability of the 6th form without significantly reducing options for students and to ensure that appropriate pathways existed from level 2 into level 3. These changes were accepted by SLT and have been included in the Sixth Form prospectus for September 2019.