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Curriculum

Denbigh School offers a varied and knowledge-rich curriculum to all its students. Our core purpose is combining the teaching of discipline-specific knowledge with the application of skills and understanding in a safe and secure environment across a broad range of subjects. Our aim is to ensure an excellent education for all our students based on providing the core knowledge that students need to succeed throughout their lives. Our curriculum draws on the best that has been thought, said, and done in each subject, allowing students to appreciate, make sense of and broaden their view of the world. Through our teaching, we aim to develop the whole person so that each student can maximise their ability to both function, and influence change, in their future environments.

The key principles we have embraced in developing our curriculum are:

  • All students are entitled to a curriculum that is appropriate to them and which provides each student with the opportunity to fulfil their potential.  
  • Hand-in-hand with the knowledge that students need we champion the values of engagement, respect, kindness and doing no harm.  These values underpin and inform our interactions with each other.
  • For all students learning is about making sense of the curriculum and both teachers and students have a responsibility to ensure that concepts are mastered before new ones are introduced so that the hierarchy of knowledge is respected and maintained in all subjects.
  • Our curriculum defines what is to be taught, in what order and when.  It is the teacher’s role to decide on the best way to ensure that learning occurs, however students’ experience should be consistent, challenging, and inspiring so that students love learning and feel the awe and wonder of discovering new information and understanding.  This will, in turn, encourage them to want to learn more and more deeply.

Students who enter in Year 7 study English; Mathematics; Science; Art; Design and Technology; Computing; Students who enter in Year 7 study English; Mathematics; Science; Art; Design and Technology; Computing; Geography; History; Philosophy, Religion & Ethics; Modern Foreign Language; Performing Arts; Denbigh Brain Training and Physical Education. There is also a Personal, Social and Health Education programme, which is ‘mapped’ within the curriculum and the tutorial programme. Students work in ability groups in Maths and these will be based on prior attainment in the student’s previous school and performance in baseline tests. We review these groupings on a termly basis after each progress report.

Students who enter different year groups as in year admissions will be informed of the current curriculum offer for that Year group by the progress leader as part of the induction process.
 

Assessment

Assessment will take place in line with the requirements set out in the Teaching and Learning Code. Details of these requirements are set out below: 

  • Assessment will be primarily formative.
  • Assessment will form part of every lesson in the school.
  • Teachers should maximise opportunities for questioning all students in the lesson.
  • Questioning should be fully embedded throughout the entire lesson.
  • Teachers should frequently use low stakes assessment to systematically test students’ cumulative acquisition of knowledge.
  • Students should do a piece of written assessment at least once every three weeks.
  • Written assessments must be marked, and students must be given clear instructions on how to improve.
  • Written assessments must provide the teacher with enough evidence to accurately report attainment where required.
  • Teachers are only required to mark key pieces of assessment. ‘Acknowledgement marking’ is not required.
  • Assessment feedback should be kept in one location, ideally in an exercise book or a folder. Students must have access to this feedback.
  • In subjects where assessments cannot be written and kept in exercise books or folders, there must be a record of the feedback given.
  • Students must show a pride in the presentation of their work. Exercise books and folders must be well presented.
  • Spelling and grammatical errors will be corrected.
  • Where students do not maintain a high standard of presentation, they will be responsible for the cost of replacement.

Progress cycle

At Denbigh School we monitor and track the progress and engagement of students and inform parents/carers at rAt Denbigh School we monitor and track the progress and engagement of students and inform parents/carers at regular intervals of this progress throughout the year. All students will receive a Progress Report which gives a clear indication of how they are progressing with their studies.  

The Progress Report will include, for each subject: 

  • A homework completion percentage.
  • Punctuality information. 
  • Shares and behaviour points issued.
  • An Attitude to Learning Score.
  • A Current Learning Grade.

During the first term of Year 7, Parents/Carers will receive information about how we report progress and set targets for achievement. There will also be opportunities to talk to your son/daughter’s tutor and various leaders in the school to ask questions regarding this process.