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The curriculum at Willingdon Community School offers a broad, balanced, personalised and challenging educational experience, which builds on students’ experiences in the primary phase of their education. It aims to provide all students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes which are necessary if they are to become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve the best they are capable of.

The curriculum model at Willingdon is a dynamic model, reviewed annually to take into account educational developments at national, local and school levels. While maintaining an emphasis on the creative aspects of the curriculum, particularly through  media, art and design, art graphics, 3-D art,  photography and digital imaging, the school is committed to maintaining its consistently high levels of achievement in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science, and the school’s EBaccalaureate results are strong.

At Key Stage 3, the curriculum complies with our statutory obligations to provide courses in the core and foundation National Curriculum subjects: English, mathematics, science, history, geography, French, design technology, ICT, art, music, drama and P.E., together with religious education (delivered as ‘Ethics and Philosophy’), citizenship, careers education and sex education. Schemes of work are underpinned in all three year groups by a firm focus on personal, learning and thinking skills (known as PLTSs). Although still part of a three-year Key Stage 3, the year 9 schemes of work are designed to introduce students to areas of study, learning styles, and assessment procedures that they will encounter in Key Stage 4. Some subjects, including science, art and ICT, begin units of their GCSE courses in year 9. Students are taught in ability sets for English, mathematics and science; other subjects follow the setting for English, while others are part-set or are taught in mixed ability classes.

As a school with a fully comprehensive intake, Willingdon is committed at Key Stage 4 to providing an appropriately differentiated and yet challenging curriculum for all of its students. Students are offered a broad range of subjects, at different levels - GCSE, BTEC and entry level -, across three pathways designed to cater for their differing abilities. Sufficient flexibility is built in to the model, however, to ensure that we meet the individual needs, strengths and aspirations of each learner as they make their choices. Every student follows an examination course in English (or Language and Literature), mathematics, science (single, double or triple award), ICT and PE, together with four other subjects from their designated pathway. Students can therefore achieve between 9 and 12 qualifications by the end of year 11. At KS4, students are taught in ability sets for English, mathematics, science,  ICT and PE,  and for the most part in mixed ability sets for their optional subjects.

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