Valentines High School

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VHS Curriculum and Assessment

Intent -

What is our Curriculum Intent?

At Valentines High School we have a knowledge-engaged approach in which the development of knowledge and skill complement each other throughout the curriculum. 

The aims of the curriculum* are to teach students the skills and knowledge that will get them to their next stage in life which for most of our students is university. Although we know that many of our students choose university as their next step, our aim is to give them the skills which prepare them for life and the world of work.

The curriculum model takes into account our traditional school values, the KS2 data of our students and our desire to give them the best chances in life both as a result of outstanding GCSE and A Level results and due to their character and life skills.

As a result of this we believe that students should have a three-year key stage three where they have focused on inspiring their passion for the subject and developing the key skills not just required for their subject but also the SMSC education that develops their character.

Each department leader has plotted the skills and knowledge that the students develop during their time at Valentines High School alongside the teaching of SMSC with the overall aim of meeting our curriculum intent.

Due to the nature of the new GCSE specifications there are some exceptions to the three-year key stage three. 

For student’s that are studying the GCSE course in History, their GCSE teaching starts midway in year nine and Mathematics, Science, French, Spanish, Geography and RE have a two year KS3 to allow GCSE content to be taught from the beginning of year nine.

In considering our curriculum, we take into account:

-The requirements of Universities

-The job market in Redbridge, London and beyond

-Student safety, welfare and PSHCE including an adaptive/reflective curriculum as a result of school and contextual concerns.

-British Values and Equality

-The development of character and skills that are important for life

*The curriculum includes all aspects of Staff Directed Time with students including:

Assemblies

Extracurricular Clubs

Interventions

PSHCE

Structured Lessons

Trips

Tutor Time

 

students

Assessment in National Curriculum Subjects Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9

In September 2014, the Government’s reforms to the National Curriculum removed the requirement to report attainment using National Curriculum levels at KS3. In years 7-9 students at VHS are assessed using a nine-point scale which corresponds to the new GCSE grading system.  GCSE Targets are set on entry to year 11 using KS2 data and baseline testing.

Targets are set to give at least expected National Outcomes at the end of KS4

National Average GCSE Minimum Expected Grades

Average KS2 Scaled Score

Fine Band

Minimum Expected GCSE Grade

National Percentage

118-120

Higher

9

Top 20%

 

115-117

Middle

8

112-114

Lower

7

110-111

Higher

7

23%

108-109

Middle

6

106-107

Lower

6

104-105

Higher

6

24%

102-103

Middle

5

100-101

Lower

5

94-99

Higher

4

33%

87-93

Middle

3

80-86

Lower

2

During KS3 students are assessed using GCSE levels against a flight path. The flight path provides end of year targets based on their GCSE Expected grade incorporating a value added element.  This means that student’s targets if met will result in the student doing better at the end of year 11 than national expectations predict. This flight path is used for English, Maths, Science, Geography, History and RE at KS3.

School KS3 and GCSE Targets

Individual subject targets for Years 7-9 are set according to KS2 performance or internal baseline assessment as shown below.

 

Subject

KS2 Score

English

English

Maths

Maths

Science

Average

Geography

Average

History

English

RE

English

MFL

Internal Baseline assessment is used to assign students to base band. Targets are readjusted if students opt to take the subject for GCSE

Art

Drama

Technology

Music

PE

Students in Year 7 undergo a baseline assessment in MFL, Art, Drama, Technology, Music and PE. Targets are set for the end of each year from the baseline level to ensure expected progress across KS3.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

As part of the Key Stage 4 Curriculum all students will study the following compulsory subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Work Related Learning and Computing. Students pick four optional subjects from one of the four pathways shown in the options booklet available at the link below.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum  -  Year 10 Options Booklet 2019-20

For further information about the curriculum, please contact Ms S Forster via the School Office on Tel: 020 8554 3608

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

If you would like to find out more about the Key Stage 5 curriculum offer please contact Mr Haxell via the School Office on Tel: 020 8554 3608

List of Departmental Staff 2019