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Curriculum & Overview

ICC Curriculum Model

We ensure that our curriculum has breadth and meets the needs of all our young people, the expectations of universities, colleges and employers, and responds to Government legislation and advice to schools.  The school follows a two week timetable, A & B, to allow a greater flexibility of learning hours to maximise the impact of all subjects. Student timetables are all available of Go4Schools on the student profile page.

Year 7 & 8– Key Stage 3

All students are given a broad curriculum and study a wide range of subjects. In years 7 and 8 the subjects are as follows;

English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, French or Spanish, History, Geography, Art, Dance, Design Technology, Drama, Performing Arts, Food, Music, Religious studies, & PE.

In years 7 & 8 students follow the Key Stage 3 curriculum, the majority of their teaching time in with their mentor group to help establish routines and provide consistency to their learning. The exceptions to this are for English, Maths and Core P.E when the students are split into classes based on their ability within each of those subjects.

At the end of year 8 students undertake the GCSE options process. When they decide which subjects they want to study at GCSE.

Years 9, 10 & 11 – Key Stage 4

All students follow a core curriculum of English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science (at least double award) and PE.  Science is either a double award (Science trilogy) or Triple Science which gives a GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately.

In addition to the core curriculum students have five option choices, one of which needs to be History, Geography, a language, Computer Science or Triple Science. The options subjects offered currently are;

Art, Business Studies, Computer Science, Dance, Design Technology, Drama, EAL support, Food, French, Geography, History, Health and Social Care, Learning Support, Media, Music, Psychology, RE, Spanish, Sport, Triple Science, Travel and Tourism.

In years 9, 10 & 11 students follow the Key Stage 4 curriculum (GCSE), students will study a refined list of subjects based on their own options choices and will subsequently be working alongside different groups of students from subject to subject. We operate a 3 year Key Stage 4 as the new GCSE courses require a large amount of subject knowledge and an extra year allows for skills development as well as knowledge acquisition.

Sixth Form Key Stage 5

Our inclusive Sixth Form is an increasingly popular place for post 16 students to study for their qualifications. We have a larger number of students studying level 3 courses than ever as our more able students are choosing to stay for their A level studies at ICC. This is due to several factors including the excellent facilities that the students have access to along with the nine hours of teaching time per subject per fortnight. Subjects are arranged in five option blocks in a different combination each year to allow us to meet the requirements of as many of the cohort of students wanting to attend.

Sixth Form students follow the Key Stage 5 curriculum. A wide range of subjects are on offer covering AS, A-Level, OCR Nationals and BTEC courses. We also offer a collection of level 2 courses to support those students still working towards their GCSE’s in English & Maths. Please see the sixth form pages for an up to date range of courses offered.

Physical, Health & Social education Curriculum

PHSE is delivered through mentor time & a series of ICC days where the normal curriculum is suspended and PHSE activities take place for all students. Our ICC days include our futures programme & entitlement curriculum trips.

Entitlement Curriculum

At ICC every student has the opportunity to visit a museum, an art gallery, a university and to have a residential experience. All of these experiences are low cost or no cost and serve to enrich our diverse curriculum & the lives of our students.

For further information about our curriculum, please contact Ollie Perkins, Curriculum Manager by email or call 01293 420500

ICC Curriculum Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you offer the range of courses that you do?

Different students have different strengths and different interests. We want to stimulate the students’ interest and ambition so that they are successful in school, seek further study and a fulfilling career. The breadth of choice is to allow as many students as possible to be on courses that stimulate and engage them.

Why do you have a two-week timetable?

This allows for a wider range of contact times for different subjects. For example if a subject has five hours per fortnight, in a one week timetable it could only have two hours a week (four hours per fortnight) or three hours per week (six hours per fortnight).

What subjects will I study in Key Stage 3?

In Key Stage 3 all students study a variety of subjects within the curriculum allowing them to develop their skills from primary school or even discover new interests in some specialised ways. Each student is timetabled into lessons for: English, Maths, Science, Physical Education, Geography, History, Religious Studies, French or Spanish, Computer Science, Art, Design Technology, Food Technology, Dance, Drama, Music, Performing Arts. Having a broad curriculum helps our students to establish good foundations in the core subjects and enables them to have informed choices for their GCSE options for Key Stage 4

How do you ensure student options are suitable?

We guide one choice to be History or Geography to establish a strong academic base. There are then four further choices. Every year 8 student has a meeting with their parents and a member of the senior leadership team to ensure they have considered balance in their choices during one of their Progress Review Days.

Why do you have a three-year KS4?

We feel that students are more engaged in the subjects that they choose. They have a wide choice and so have a broad curriculum. The requirements of the new GCSE subjects include a large amount of knowledge and the extra course time allows for skills development as well as knowledge acquisition. This allows greater depth to the subjects they choose.

Do all students have to study a language?

All students study French or Spanish in year 7 and 8. Studying languages is then a choice for the parents and students. We encourage, but do not insist on, students studying languages to GCSE.  A language is part of the English Baccalaureate which is recommended for most students by the Department for Education.

What subjects can I study in Key Stage 4?

In Key Stage 4 all students will study the core subjects, English, Maths, Science and have Physical Education. They can choose from Geography or History and four other options. We encourage students to choose a modern foreign language.  The four free options can be any combination from below as we provide option blocks to facilitate as many student choices as possible.

Art, Business Studies, Computer Science, Dance, Design Technology, Drama, Food, French, Geography, History, Health and Social Care, Media, Music, Psychology, RE, Spanish, Sport, Triple Science, Travel and Tourism.

Why do you have PHSE (ICC) days?

Five days of the year the timetable is suspended for all students and staff so we have the flexibility to deliver PHSE topics in an optimal way. We can allocate the most appropriate staff to the subject matter and have outside speakers and educational trips without disruption to other lessons. We have found this model much more successful and we can ensure all students cover key areas of their wider learning. The days also include some of our futures programme to help guide students with their post 16 choices and entitlement trips to give every student a wider range of experiences beyond the classroom environment.

What is your entitlement curriculum?

We believe every students’ learning is enriched by visits to museums, art galleries and universities. Students’ personal development is enhanced through a residential experience in year 7.

We ensure that every student is able to access these experiences at low cost so that there is not a financial barrier to these important learning experiences.

What choices exist in the sixth form?

There is a range of courses to suit all abilities. There are traditional academic A levels in a wide range of subjects, vocational qualifications at level 2 (GCSE equivalent) and level 3 (A level equivalent) and opportunities to re-sit GCSE English and Maths if this is required. Please see our sixth form pages for the up to date list of choices.

Interviews are held with year 11 students to offer advice on both sixth form and external opportunities in the autumn term. Those who wish to apply to sixth form here have a further interview in the spring and we ensure students have an intended destination through individual support.