Our curriculum intent
The curriculum the school follows is largely based on the national curriculum but also a desire to ensure our ethos is at the heart of everything we do. The school aims to create students who value learning, charity and community and who will play an active and constructive part in their local and global communities.
Our intent is to ensure Jewish students are able to learn about and practice their religion in safety and confidence whether in a formal learning environment or through our Kehila department and to ensure that non-Jewish students feel valued able to practice their religion and explore their own identity and culture in confidence and safety. At Kantor King Solomon we believe that learning, charity and community are the foundations of society and as a result we are creating a curriculum that puts these values at the heart of all formal and informal learning opportunities. We believe that is our duty to ensure that all students are exposed to educational opportunities beyond their experience to allow our students to make purposeful and informed decisions about their life and their values. We intend that though our formal and informal curriculum all our students build up their cultural capital to allow them to participate in modern society with confidence. Leadership opportunities are a key part of this, and we have deliberately created a wide range of opportunities for our students to lead in all aspects of the school. We also believe that in modern Britain it is essential that students learn about the diverse range of cultures and identities that make our society and so we have created a curriculum that supports this through formal lessons and informal opportunities.
At Key stage three our intent is to ensure that all learners are exposed to a wide variety of curriculum opportunities and are properly prepared to take the next steps of their education when they embark on the key stage four studies. Students then select their options in year 8 and begin the study or preparation for the study of their GCSE courses in year 9. We also aim to ensure that all students learn about and explore their identity and context as well as how to keep themselves safe and healthy physically and emotionally.
In the upper school our aim is to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to achieve their potential and to pursue their choice of subjects/ career paths. Students begin their studies in year 9 however whether they simply prepare for their chosen courses of begin their courses depends on the subject. For example, in Physical Education students all complete the same lessons whether they have opted to take the GCSE or the National Certificate and they only begin their specific courses once the department is able to make clear decisions with the students on their best choice. In Science, all students begin the same course however during year 10 decisions on whether they should complete Triple Science or the dual award are made depending on their ability. We do not subscribe to the idea that specific students should study specific subjects however we do encourage all students to listen to their teachers and their parents when selecting their options for study in years 9-11 and all students are encouraged to take the options most suitable for them.
In the 6th Form we aim to prepare students for their next steps whether in work or training. Students are encouraged to take the subjects they are most interested in and will be most successful in. Subjects that students can choose from vary slightly depending on student voice, staffing expertise and the number of students who wish to study specific courses however we are also currently looking at ways in which we can expand our curriculum to ensure that all students can achieve their aims. As well as this, we have created a programme of General Jewish Studies which intends to allow all our 6th Form students the opportunity to study mindsets, leadership, metal health and wellbeing and preparation for life on campus as well as providing opportunities for leadership, enrichment and philosophical and ethical debate.
In Summer 2019 the school embarked on a whole school curriculum review which across two main phases will enable us to ensure we have a curriculum that delivers comprehensively on the above. In the first stage that is currently ongoing and will be launched in September 2020 we are consulting with departments, parents and students to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum offer for key stage four and five ensuring that recent additions to our programme of study and careers advice and guidance are fully embedded. The second phase to be launched in September 2021will focus on ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum for all students in key stage three that is designed to eliminate the impact of disadvantage through a carefully designed course that exposes students to education in all aspects of life not just the drive for qualifications.