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Curriculum

At all key stages, we offer a challenging personalised curriculum which is broad and balanced, enhanced by a wealth of enrichment activities. Students are guided towards a flexible pathway designed to enable them to achieve their potential.

KS3

Students are taught in sets for English, Mathematics and Science from Year 7.  Art, Dance, Drama, Design Technology, Geography, History, ICT, Music, Personal Development, Physical Education and Religious Education are taught in mixed ability tutor groups. French or Spanish are taught to all, and German as a second MFL is now possible for able linguists starting in Year 8.

The emphasis in our Schemes of Work following the New National Curriculum is to teach the skills and content necessary for students to achieve in the new GCSEs from September 2015.  They provide a range of activities to engage and challenge our students.

‘Life after Levels’.  Our KS3 assessment is being developed alongside the new SOW.  Students are being set both an expected and a challenge ‘band’ (one band higher) calculated from their KS2 scores.  During the Autumn term we will be assessing students’ work to allow us to give a baseline from which future progress can be measured.

Average Key Stage 2 Level > Expected Band which if followed successfully > GCSE Grade

Average KS2 Level

GCSE Expected Band/Grades

 

 

 

2a or 2b or 2c

Band 1- if continued through, the student is heading for an F or G grade

3c

Band 2- if continued through, the student is heading for an E grade

3a or 3b

Band 3- if continued through, the student is heading for a D grade

4c

Band 4- if continued through, the student is heading for an C- grade

4a or 4b

Band 5- if continued through, the student is heading for a C+/B- grade

5c

Band 6- if continued through, the student is heading for a B grade

5a or 5b

Band 7- if continued through, the student is heading for an A grade

6b or 6c

Band 8 and 9- if continued through, the student is heading for an A* grade

 Our least able students will continue to be assessed using P levels to enable us to chart their progress effectively.

Click here to view the main school prospectus.

 KS4

The new GCSE syllabuses from September 2015 are likely to place greater emphasis on literacy which we are developing through our KS3 SOW.  During Year 9 students opt for one of three KS4 pathways which all include a core plus up to three options:

  • EBacc (to include Core and Additional or Triple Science, Geography or History, a Modern Foreign Language plus an additional option);  
  • GCSE and Applied which allows more flexibility in the options chosen;
  • Foundation for those learners who are currently Entry or Level 1 learners (Grades D-G at GCSE)

As would be expected at Plumstead Manor, Performing Arts are strongly represented with GCSE Drama and Music, BTEC Dance and Music all offered.  In addition to the subjects taught at KS3 we also offer Business, Health + Social Care, Photography and in the Foundation pathway Child Care and Vocational Studies.

For further information on our Year 9 Option choices click here.

KS5

Our range of Level 3 courses is wide with 24 A level courses covering all subjects taken at KS4 plus in    2014-15: Financial Studies, Psychology, and Extended Project Qualification.  Level 3 applied courses include BTEC Business, OCR ICT, BTEC Health and Social Care, BTEC Music, BTEC Dance and BTEC Production Arts (Events Management). 

Our Year 11 students all receive an individual careers guidance interview with an external provider as well as a meeting with sixth form staff to discuss their Post-16 choices.  At this point senior staff also review the students’ proposed courses and any requests for new courses to guide decisions regarding our curriculum plan.

To be accepted on to Level 3 courses at Plumstead Manor students must achieve 5+ A*-C including English and maths at GCSE in different subjects.  They will also require a B grade in any subject they wish to study at A Level (or closely related subject for those new subjects such as psychology, sociology etc).

Please click here to see our sixth form prospectus for details of specific subjects or find further information on the subject pages.

Our pathways continue post-16:

  • 5+A*-B with English and Maths - 4 A Levels including facilitative subjects for our Most Able;
  • 5+A*-C with English and Maths - 3 or 4 level 3 subjects which may include A levels, BTEC Level 3 or other vocational subjects;
  • 5+A*-C with English or Maths - Vocational pathways which must be taken with GCSE Maths or English if students have not already achieved A*-C at GCSE;
  • Level 2 courses with GCSE English and Maths – in 2014_15 we are running a Level 2 Business course but, as with our entire offer, we will review after interviewing Year 11.

Alongside their academic or vocational subjects students are also timetabled for registration to meet with their form tutors each morning, personal development and a number of periods of supervised personal study depending on their pathway. 

As part of our support for students will each be allocated a learning coach to guide them through the UCAS process and advise them on progression to Higher Education.  They will also guide and support their studies – anything from meeting deadlines to applying for bursaries.

In 2011 Ofsted said:

"Students make good progress at Plumstead Manor as the school provides a good curriculum, good teaching and excellent care, guidance and support."