Curriculum

Meadowhead School's 'Signature Curriculum' is accessible to all learners. It consists of the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Languages, Health, Fitness & Well-being and Ethics with other experiences of Creative Arts, Performing Arts, History, Geography, Technology and ICT being personalised to students' needs and interests.  All students have a 1 hour Tutor Time each week.

All students experience Ethics from Year 7, which incorporates Religious Education and PSHE/Citizenship. This leads on to a recognised GCSE qualification in Years 9, 10 and 11.

Personalisation is at the heart of all students' learning and is fully supported by the learning opportunities that make the very best use of new technologies and learning styles.

Language experience remains at the heart of our curriculum and most students study a language from Year 7. Some students have the opportunity to study a second language from Year 8. As a Specialist Language College, all students are expected to study at least one language up to Year 11 depending on their pathway.

Progression routes is also a key factor of our curriculum, which enables all students to access the most appropriate courses giving them the best opportunities to progress further at Sixth Form and beyond. Our programmes consist of GCSEs, vocational courses and work-related opportunities.

Our structures are designed to allow students to take assessments at the most appropriate time for the individual, and to increase opportunities to follow courses beyond Year 11.

E-learning is widening our scope for innovative teaching and on-line assessments. Our Meadowhead Learning Platform (Student Portal)  is opening up a world of learning opportunities and ways of communicating.

In Years 7 and 8, all students study: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • at least one Modern Foreign Language (some students do two from Year 8)
  • History, Geography and Ethics
  • Design and Technology (including Food Technology)
  • Creative Arts - Art, 3-D Design, and Textiles
  • Health, Fitness & Well-being and Performing Arts (including Music and Drama)
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Music
  • Drama

In Years 9, 10 and 11, the school is committed to a wide amount of choice guided by the need to maintain breadth and balance, thus all students study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health, Fitness & Well-being
  • Ethics

and choose from a range of academic and vocational courses depending on their pathway, Blue or Green (Years 10 and 11). 

Please open the document below for comprehensive information about the structure of the curriculum, including the number of periods each subject is studied by the year groups and details of the Blue and Green pathways in Years 10 and 11.

  1. Curriculum Structures 2017-18