The Curriculum at Cromwell
Cromwell’s curriculum aims to develop all aspects of the child and many of these are encapsulated in the delivery of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) principles both tangible and intangible.
As a College we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The ethos of the College is one which values pupils as individuals and encourages them to play a full role in the life of the College. Self-esteem is promoted through our celebration of achievements. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on what they do and question and explore new issues in all areas of our curriculum.
Improving literacy and numeracy skills is fundamental to providing all pupils with the best possible opportunities to become successful at school and outside of school. The development of these skills, especially literacy is a focus across the curriculum at Cromwell. Pupils are given opportunities to develop all aspects of their literacy (speaking, listening reading and writing) within lessons and as part of enrichment opportunities.
The opportunity to follow a broad and balanced curriculum is the entitlement of all pupils irrespective of race, academic ability, gender, sexual orientation or physical disability.
At Cromwell our goal is to develop in all of our pupils the skills, competencies and knowledge relevant to life in the 21st Century. Our personalised curriculum facilitates pupils’ lifelong learning and achievements and encourages them to make a positive contribution to their lessons and to the life of the school as a whole. The wider curriculum encourages them to think about staying safe, having healthy lifestyles and a sense of personal and economic well-being.
Our broad and balanced curriculum, appropriate to the needs of pupils and students aims to:
- Be fully inclusive
- Motivate and inspire each pupil to reach his or her potential
- Develop adaptability and widen the horizons for all our pupils
- Encourage respect for each other’s and an appreciation of cultural diversity
- Enable each pupil to meet the challenges of the 21st century
- Help pupils to understand how they learn and how they can become independent learners
- Promote a spirit of inquiry and view learning as a lifelong process
- Reach out into the community in order to extend the opportunities for pupils
- Be relevant to the needs of pupils
- Provide courses of equal value and status, with appropriate accreditation and clear routes for progression
- Meet statuary requirements.
As part of our policy to personalise the curriculum, in certain subjects and where pupils are able, we begin the teaching of GCSE during Year 9. This staged transfer helps to prepare pupils for Key Stage 4 and increases their chances of success.
At Key Stage 4, pupils are guided towards different options according to Performance Data. These options provide a broad and balanced curriculum (including vocational courses), which are suited to pupils with the full range of abilities. Each options mix enables pupils to learn in ways most suited to them and allows them to be successful as well as progress to the next stage.
Our Post 16 curriculum encourages as many students as possible to continue in full-time education beyond the age of 16 and prepares them for life in the wider world.
The structure of the curriculum will be flexible enough to enable the educational needs of individual pupils to be met. This may include some part of a pupils' curriculum being delivered off site and/or in the Learning Support Centre.