Curriculum

At Clifton Community School we understand that getting the curriculum right for each and every individual student is the single most important factor in ensuring progress, encouraging positive engagement and raising aspirations.

Curriculum Intent

At Clifton Community School we want all students to leave able and qualified to play their full part in an ever-changing world, through an ambitious, creative and innovative curriculum which empowers students with the skills, knowledge and attributes to allow them to succeed with the challenges of life beyond their time at school. (in their next phase of education and their working life).

We aim to engender a love of learning, self-belief and aspiration through 4 key intentions:

  • Intention 1:  Removing barriers to learning
  • Intention 2:  Developing skills for learning
  • Intention 3:  Developing personal attributes
  • Intention 4:  Enriching students’ experiences and broadening their horizons

 

Intention 1: Removing barriers to learning

We want all our students to go out into the world, and become successful, happy, fulfilled adults who will be good citizens and make a positive contribution to society. The acquisition of basic skills is either at the heart of achieving this or a barrier to learning and prevent students from fully flourishing. Four common barriers, if left unchallenged, will limit the progress, engagement and development of students who access our curriculum.

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Oracy
  • Vocabulary

We remove barriers to learning and support students’ ability to access the curriculum through the development of literacy, numeracy, oracy skills and vocabulary acquisition.

 

Intention 2: Developing skills for learning (Subject way)

Each curriculum area intends to grow mini subject specialists, for example, mini Geographers, Historians, Linguists and Mathematician through the development of the ‘subject way’. Student knowledge and essential learning skills go hand in hand. Students need to remember with fluency in order to be fully established mini-subject specialists. We strive, at all times, for personal excellence by developing the 5 key skills for success below:

  • Recall
  • Interpretation
  • Creativity
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Divergent thinking

 

Intention 3: Developing personal attributes (The Clifton Way)

At the heart of our curriculum is the Clifton Way. This allows us all to promote the attributes our children need in order to develop their independence, responsibility and resilience to have a happy and successful life beyond Clifton.

The Clifton Way promotes:

  • Aspiration
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Resilience
  • Tolerance

 

Intention 4: To enrich students’ experiences and broaden their horizons:

Our intent is that all students have a full understanding of how to develop themselves as well rounded citizens, maintain healthy relationships and understand how to keep themselves safe both online and in their day-to-day life. We want all students to know what options are open to them in the future and understand the routes they have in order to progress on their life journey. Our curriculum will include:

  • Experiential Learning – Trips, visitors,
  • Hands-on Experiences – Practical opportunities in the classroom
  • Extracurricular opportunities – sports clubs, School shows
  • Wider opportunities – DoE, Residential, Camps international, charity work/involvement

Curriculum Model

 Year 7Year 8  Year 9
English33English3
Maths33Maths3
Science22Science3
PE22PE1
Comp11MFL2
MFL22Geography2
Geography11History2
Art/Food11Option 12
Music11Option 22
Drama/Dance11TOTAL20 Lessons
Design Technology11
PHSE11
History11
TOTAL20 Lessons20 Lessons

 

 Year 10Year 11
English44
Maths33
Science44
Core PE11
Option 122
Option 222
Option 322
Option 422
TOTAL20 Lessons20 Lessons

Options Blocks

Year 9 Options

OPTION 1OPTION 2
2 LESSONS PER WEEK2 LESSONS PER WEEK
Art
Child Development L2
Construction
Dance
Design Technology
Engineering
Computing
Music
Sport BTEC
Textiles
Business
Child Development L2
Dance
Drama
Graphics
Music
Photography
Psychology
Sport BTEC

Year 10 Options

OPTION 1OPTION 2OPTION 3OPTION 4
2 LESSONS PER WEEK2 LESSONS PER WEEK2 LESSONS PER WEEK2 LESSONS PER WEEK
Child Development L2
Geography
Graphics
History
Spanish
Extra English and Maths
Business
Construction
Dance
Drama
Food
Photography
Child Development L2
Engineering
Art
Music Technology
Psychology
Textiles
Child Development L2
Design Technology
Music Performance
RE
Spanish
Sport

Year 11 Options

OPTION 1OPTION 2OPTION 3OPTION 4
2 LESSONS PER WEEK2 LESSONS PER WEEK2 LESSONS PER WEEK2 LESSONS PER WEEK
Art
Photography
Dance
Music Performance
Engineering
Psychology
Child Development L2
Construction
Food
Graphics
Textiles
History
Business
Spanish
History
Geography
Computer Science
Duke of Edinburgh
Extra English and Maths
Sport
Music Performance
Design Technology
Geography
Child Development L2
RE
Dance
Art

How we comply with our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and SEND Regulations 2014

We ensure that all students, regardless of gender, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation or other individual circumstances, have an equal opportunity to access the curriculum. All students can access the full range of subjects in our curriculum offer, and we will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that any barriers a student faces in order to access any aspects of the curriculum are removed. This may include support from Teaching Assistants, provision of auxiliary aides or other equipment, and co-working with external agencies who offer additional support. In delivering the curriculum, we ensure that all topics are approached and delivered in an impartial way and without bias, to ensure that no student or group feels unfairly discriminated against during their learning of any part of our curriculum.