Image Alt

Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum

The Cape Cornwall School Curriculum ensures that all our students have the opportunity for academic and personal development across a broad range of subjects and experiences. Acquisition of knowledge and transferrable skills are the cornerstones of our student’s progress and we place a high value on building their understanding of community, place and social justice. Lessons and other learning experiences are sequenced to build on students’ prior knowledge, and to ensure that students deepen their understanding of each subject, and the interconnection between subjects and their global context.
Our Curriculum is the foundation to achieving our Core Principles:
  • Students leave Cape Cornwall School with high value achievements and the life skills and resilience that provide a platform for future success and happiness.
  • We are inspired to work together to research, design and implement highly effective and sustainable solutions to develop and maintain our thriving school community.
  • Improvement is achieved through a whole school culture of, and commitment to, creativity, engagement and professionalism.
The curriculum embodies Cape Cornwall School’s educational offer and it is through the curriculum that we deliver our promise “Dream, Believe, Persevere, Succeed” for every child in our school.
Our Curriculum gives all our students the opportunity to participate in an extensive range of learning experiences which include a rich variety of subjects, learning opportunities and programmes to develop knowledge, understanding and learning skills.
  • Students study a broad range of subjects within their curriculum: English, Maths, Science, Computer Science, French, Geography, History, Music, Drama, Art, Design Technology, Food Technology, PSHE/Rp and PE. There are planned opportunities to develop recall and retrieval skills to build and reinforce previous learning so that knowledge is fully embedded. The curriculum in Year 7, 8 and 9 is at least as good as the National Curriculum and achievements in all aspects of the curriculum are highly valued.
  • Many of the students have a clear understanding of subjects in which they are most engaged and successful and offering some choice in Year 8 engages students as partners in their learning. Together with the full EBACC suite of subjects, in Year 9 we enable students to choose specialise in two creative subjects and so spend more time on their chosen areas of interest to develop the mastery of knowledge and skills required to continue the subject in Years 10 and 11. Our courses are carefully planned to ensure that content is thoroughly revisited and this helps prepare students for external examinations at the end of Year 11.
  • A wide variety of extra-curricular activities and trips offer students the opportunity to extend and deepen their knowledge and skills, and to share in new and different experiences which help shape their understanding and perspective.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, and other outdoor learning programmes are offered to all our students with specific programmes to encourage less socially confident students to participate and succeed.
  • Our “Be Inspired” programme provides an extensive range of enrichment and extension experiences within the school day. Students may select from a wide range of activities over the year to broaden their learning experiences and develop their social and life skills.
  • ‘The Academy’ is a bespoke programme available to all our students. Academic, Sporting and Creative areas ensure that students are challenged with opportunities to broaden and extend their learning and experiences.
  • Accelerated Reader provides all students in Year 7 and 8 with daily dedicated time to read. Careful assessment of students’ reading level ensures that they are signposted to literature which challenges and extends their vocabulary to encourage a love of reading.
  • Students who arrive with below expected literacy and numeracy skills are supported to catch up through expert teaching and incisive intervention.

Students will develop their learning skills, confidence and aspiration

All our students participate in a daily tutor programme which develops social skills, awareness of local, national and international issues and team identity. This enables our students to develop their understanding of active citizenship and local, national and international community. They learn to appreciate and value their own citizenship contribution and that of others. Our tutors are key adults in every student’s school life: they provide academic and personal support and guidance and work with the pastoral team to ensure that each child makes the most of the opportunities available to them.</li></ul>

Students will achieve academic and personal development

PSHE, SMSC and British Values are championed at the school in order to develop students as a whole, not just academically, to ensure that they are fully prepared for life in modern Britain. Students are able to envision ‘The Bigger Picture’ and understand that learning is linked to the real world and experiences. Students are encouraged to take part in a range of sporting, cultural and charitable activities. Links with business enrich the curriculum offer and help to contextualise learning.</li><li>Students will have secure foundations for progression into further education and apprenticeships. From Year 7, students receive careers information with a clear focus on the Gatsby benchmarks and this is supported through focused career sessions in tutor time. Over the course of 5 years, students receive a rigorous and bespoke aspirations programme that exposes them to a huge range of voices and experiences.