Our curriculum demonstrates the unique characteristics of Kingsmead; it defines our school - we own it, sculpt it and celebrate it.
Our exciting and innovative curriculum provides a stimulating, varied and bespoke course of study that effectively prepares our students to take their next steps in life’s journey. Through our curriculum, we set broad roots in Key Stage 3 that enable students to branch out in Key Stage 4 and 5. At each stage we encourage students to develop a greater understanding of who they are and their place in the world.
Our curriculum is tailored to provide students with an engaging range of subjects, whilst also enabling them to develop cross-curricular skills and understanding. As they grow, our students have a range of opportunities to specialise according to their personal strengths, interests and ambition.
In Key Stage 3, students follow the National Curriculum with an emphasis on cross-curricular skills that develop the expertise students need in all aspects of academic study. Central to this curriculum offer is:
The Arts Project – where all students have the opportunity to perform on stage and to showcase the skills they have developed in creative subjects
Reading – where we foster a love of reading and encourage all students to read as widely as possible
Transition – where we invest in our new students and set high expectations for the future
Year 9 is the year that students choose their options, we offer a personalised curriculum that includes a wide range of enrichment activities from horse riding to Quidditch. In Year 10 and 11 students study from a wide range of GCSE and vocational subjects and focus on developing expert knowledge in their chosen specialisms.
In the Sixth Form, we offer a vibrant choice of subjects, along with timetabled enrichment, which enables students to further specialise their understanding in a variety of academic fields, leading to university or employment.
Through our curriculum, the core skills of resilience, innovation, mindfulness and employability are threaded in to the very fabric of the school. Extra-curricular activities, enrichments days, period 6, Saturday School, tutor time and activities week all contribute to weaving a rich tapestry that makes the curriculum offer at Kingsmead unique, challenging and relevant.
To see the Kingsmead Learning Journey in more detail please click here.
Please see the attachment below to see how this intent is delivered at Kingsmead School.
The impact of our curriculum is vast. It is not only the delivered curriculum but the hidden curriculum. Our focus on producing a caring, aspirant environment of learning in all it's forms. We believe championing and teaching our values alongside the knowledge and skills in lessons build well rounded, adjusted and skilled young people. The evidence for this is seen by the students in our school, as they meet members of the community outside our school and as they succeed in realising their aspirations in their next stage of life. We are proud of our students and what they grow to become. This whole website gives a snap shot of how our curriculum has helped to deliver our overall school vision through our values. Below is a press release from our recent 2019-2020 cohort exam results. Alternatively, please contact the school and walk around - get a feel for our curriculum in action and what it achieves.
This is our press release for the recent KS4 results:
Determined Year 11 achieve fantastic well-earned results
These results represent five years of hard work and were no surprise to the staff and parents at Kingsmead School. The results closely match those outcomes achieved during mock exams in December and February. They were delivered under rigorous JCQ exam conditions with fully qualified external exam invigilators. We are confident that these results fairly represent those that students would have achieved had they sat their exams in 2020.
Maria Mincher, Head of School, comments that “Kingsmead students should feel that they utterly deserve these outcomes. We are fully aware of how hard they were working before the Pandemic, eagerly attending after school revision classes, holiday and Saturday schools. They are representative of how truly exceptional young people can be and we are so proud of them.
The students embraced the Kingsmead core values of Resilience, Innovation, Mindfulness and Employability, actively taking responsibility for their own outcomes with the support of our passionate staff.”
Kate Greenwood, Senior Leader for Key Stage 4, says “we want to acknowledge that the last few months have not been easy for this year group. They are a wonderful group of students and deserve every success that comes their way. These brilliant results allow them to move forward with confidence. The school will continue to build on these outcomes in 2021 with the new Year 11 who have worked diligently throughout the lockdown, proving themselves in assessment and end of year exams.”
A special mention should go to Reece Watson who achieved ten grade 9-8, Well done!
Amongst the top performers were Reece Watson (9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,8), Shammah Nhamoinesu (9,9,9,9,9,9,9,8,8,7), Ruby Pike (9,9,9,9,9,9,8,8,8,8), Harry Foster (9,9,9,9,9,9,8,8,7,5), Isaac Nicholls (9,9,9,9,9,8,7,7,7,7), Jolie Wood (9,9,9,9,8,8,8,7,6), Kian Hughes (9,9,9,8,8,8,8,7,7,6), Libby Craddock (9,8,8,8,8,8,7,7,7,6).
Chris Hunt, Chair of Governors, added: “I am delighted with the achievements of the students at Kingsmead. In these difficult times, it is wonderful to have something that gives us real cause for celebration.”
Mike Donoghue, CEO of JTMAT, also adds that “Kingsmead is a school where high expectations are only exceeded by the ambition for all to achieve. At a time when resilience has never been more important, the young people at Kingsmead are being equipped to become true world leaders.”