The 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.

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

If you have any queries or questions relating to the Curriculum, please contact Mr T. Hardcastle, Headteacher, thardcastle@cliftonschool.org.

Year 7 & 8

SubjectEnglishMathsSciencePECompMFLGeography
Lessons per week3322111
Art/FoodMusicDrama/DanceDTREPHSEHistory
1111111

*Students requiring extra English or extra Maths will be removed from MFL or Computing.

Year 9

SubjectEnglish MathsSciencePEPSHE Option 1Option 2Option 3Option 4
Lessons Per Week333212222

Year 10 & 11

SubjectsEnglishMathsSciencePEOption 1Option 2Option 3Option 4
Lessons Per Week43412222

*Students requiring additional support in Y9, 10 & 11 will only study 3 options and receive additional support in the other 2 lessons.

Year 9 Options Blocks

Option 1Option 2Option 3Option 4
2 lessons per week2 lessons per week2 lessons per week2 lessons per week
Spanish
History
Geography
Graphics
Childcare
Extra English
Extra Maths
Additional Support
Construction
Food
Photography
Drama
Dance
Business
Fine Art
Textiles
Music Technology
Engineering
Psychology
Childcare
PE
Music Performance
Materials Tech
RE
Childcare
Spanish

Year 10 Options Blocks

Option 1Option 2Option 3Option 4
2 lessons per week2 lessons per week2 lessons per week2 lessons per week
Fine Art
Photography
Dance
Music
Engineering
Psychology
Child Development
Construction
Food
Graphics
Textiles
History
Business
Drama
Spanish
History
Geography
Computing
Extra English
Extra Maths
Additional Support
BTEC Sport
Music Performance
Materials Tech
Geography
RE
Child Development
Dance
Fine Art

Year 11 Options Blocks

Option 1Option 2Option 3Option 4
2 lessons per week2 lessons per week2 lessons per week2 lessons per week
Art Child Development Dance Engineering Music Technology
Music Performance
Photography Psychology
Construction
Food
Graphics
Textiles
Drama
History
Business
Computing (ICT) Geography
History
Spanish
Additional Support
BTEC Sport
Music Performance
Materials Technology
Child Development
RE
Photography