Our school follows the National Curriculum. The curriculum is organised into 3 Key stages – KS3 (Years 7/8) KS4 (Years 9/10 & 11) and KS5 (the sixth form – Years 12 & 13). Each Key stage has a model for the delivery of the subjects expected to be taught from which a timetable is constructed. The models are reviewed each year and developed to take into account national and local initiatives, student choices and staffing constraints.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Years 7, 8)
The Key Stage 3 curriculum meets the requirements of the emerging national curriculum and ensures that all students are offered a broad and balanced curriculum covering all core and foundation subjects plus Citizenship and Philosophy and Ethics.
The core subjects are presently English, Mathematics and Science, which are compulsory across Key Stages 1 - 4.
- Art and Design
- Design and technology (D&T)
- Information and communication technology (ICT)
- Modern foreign languages (MFL) (at Key Stage 3 only)
- Physical education (PE)
- Citizenship (at Key Stage 3)
Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Years 7, 8)
In the Spring Term, Year 8 students discuss with parents/carers and teachers their option choices for their GCSE courses. This is the transitional year. Core subjects of English, Maths, Science, PE, Philosophy & Ethics and Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education are compulsory. We have designed a curriculum which supports each student as an individual. We understand the need to provide wide ranging academic and vocational pathways and real choice for all students.
The school seeks to use both planned and unplanned learning experiences in and out of school to help shape all students’ mental, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual development. There are many lunchtime and after school clubs that are open to all students.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum (Years 9, 10 and 11)
We believe in preparing your child for an aspirational pathway and will be giving them choices based on what we believe suits their academic ability and potential. The offer is broad and balanced, and allows for many opportunities Post 16 and at University.
Our curriculum at The Buckingham School will meet the needs of all students and will serve to provide them with an education which challenges and engages; is linked to individual student’s abilities and identified progression plans; and prepares all students for life, further learning, employment and training.
We will do this by:
- Providing all students with extensive information, advice and guidance on all Options
- Supporting students with career choices through career education, guidance and research opportunities
- Enabling students to consider and define their own career pathways and future plans in order to enable them to make effective choices
- Providing parents and carers with accessible information and with opportunities for face-to-face information and guidance so that they are able to effectively support students in the options process
- Providing students and parents/carers with signposts to further information and impartial guidance.
We will guide students towards:
- Subjects they are good at
- Subjects they enjoy
- Subjects that will stretch and challenge them
- A balanced range of subjects
- Subjects that are linked to individual progression plans Post 16 and beyond.
Year 11 Courses
For full information on the courses available for Year 11 students, please look at 'Year 11' under the 'Parents - Year Group News' heading on the website.
Year 11 Course Information Booklet for Academic Year 2017/18
This booklet contains important information relating to every subject currently studied by Year 11 students.