Curriculum

YEAR 7

The Year 7 curriculum is:

English 3½ hours
Mathematics 3 hours
Science 2½ hours
Art & Design 2 hours
Computing  1 hour
Personal Development ½ hour 
PE 2 hours
RE 1 hour
French or German 2 hours
Literacy for some students instead of Languages 2 hours
Academic Enrichment for most students  1 hour
History 2 hours
Geography 1½ hours
Drama 1 hour
Music 1 hour

There are 6 tutor groups in Year 7, 3 studying French and 3 studying German.

All lessons apart from Design, Mathematics and PE are taught in tutor groups.

Design group the students in four groups from each set of three tutor groups. This means that the students work in smaller groups of 20-22 students. They will study Food and Nutrition for 1 hour per week over 9 weeks, Textiles for 1 hour per week also over 9 weeks and Design for 1 hour per week over 2 x 9 weeks. 

Mathematics set across each set of three tutor groups based on KS2 SATs.

Some students, instead of having Languages lessons, have timetabled Literacy lessons to develop the skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening for three hours each week.

Students who study Languages also have one hour each week on our Academic Enrichment Programme which is devoted to research, debating and academic writing.

Physical Education teach three tutor groups together with four teachers for one lesson each week and three tutor groups with three teachers for the other lesson each week.

Personal Development is taught by a specialist team 

YEAR 8

The Year 8 curriculum is:

English 3 hours
Mathematics 3 hours
Science 3 hours
Art & Design 2½ hours
Computing 1 hour
Personal Development ½ hour
PE 2 hours
RE 1 hour
French 1½ hours
German 1½ hours
History 1½ hours
Geography 1½ hours
Drama 1 hour
Music 1 hour

There are 6 tutor groups in Year 8. Almost all students study two languages in Year 8-French 1½ hours and German 1½ hours. All languages lessons are taught in tutor groups.

English, Science, Computing, RE Geography and History are taught in 3 groups in each year half of three tutor groups. There are two parallel groups in each half of broadly middle to upper ability students across the range of subjects and one smaller group in each half of the three tutor groups where more support can be given.

Art, Drama and Music teach three mixed ability groups across each set of three tutor groups. 

Design group the students in four groups from each set of three tutor groups. This means that the students work in smaller groups of 20-22 students.  They will study Food for 1½ hours per week over 9 weeks, Textiles for 1½ hours per week over 9 weeks and Design for1½ hours per week over 2 x 9 weeks.

Mathematics set across each set of three tutor groups.

Physical Education teach three tutor groups together with four teachers for one lesson each week and three tutor groups with three teachers for the other lesson each week.

Personal Development is taught by a team of specialists in three mixed ability groups across each set of three tutor groups.

YEAR 9

The Year 9 curriculum is:

English 3 hours
Mathematics 3 hours
Science  3 hours
Art & Design  3 hours
Computing 1 hour
Personal Development ½ hour
PE 2 hours
RE 1 hour
Languages 2 or 3 hours
History 1½ hours 
Geography 2 hours
Drama 1 hour
Music  1 hour

There are 6 tutor groups in Year 9. Some of the year group have chosen to continue with two languages. They study their first language for 2 hours and their second language for 1 hour. This means that their school week is 25 hours. The remaining students study one language for 2 hours per week and their school week is 24 hours. The students are set in three groups in each half year group

Design group the students in four groups from each set of three tutor groups. This means that students work in smaller groups of 20-22 students.  They will study Food for 2 hours per week over 9 weeks, Textiles for 2 hours per week also over 9 weeks and Design for 2 hours per week over 2 x 9 weeks.

English set across the whole year group sets one to six.

Mathematics and Science set across the two sets of three tutor groups into three groups. Mathematics set one to three in each half. in Science there are two parallel groups in each half and one smaller in each half where more support can be given. 

Physical Education teach three tutor groups together with four teachers. Boys are set across two groups and girls are set across two groups according to ability in PE.

Personal Development is taught by a team of specialists in three mixed ability groups across each set of three tutor groups.

Art, Drama and Music teach in tutor groups.

Geography set across each of the two sets of three tutor groups into three groups with two parallel groups and one smaller group.

History, RE and IT group each half year group of 3 tutor groups into two parallel groups with students and one smaller group.

 

YEAR 10

The Year 10 curriculum is:

English 4 hours    
Mathematics 3½ hours    
Science 4½ hours Triple Scientists 7 hours
PE 1½ hours    
Four Options  2½ hours each    
Personal Development ½ hour    

There are 6 tutor groups in Year 10.

English, Mathematics and Science set across the whole year group.

Mathematics set one to six.  Science have two triple Science groups who also study Triple Science as one of their options, three Trilogy groups and one Synergy group. In English all groups will follow the same course in English Language and Literature and are set one to six.

PE teach half the year group at a time with four teachers. Boys are set across two groups and girls are set across two groups according to ability in PE.

Personal Development is taught by a team of specialists in three mixed ability groups across each set of three tutor groups. Personal Development is also delivered on separate Personal Development days.

The students choose one option from each of the four columns below:

Column A

Column B

Column C

Column D

Geography

Business Studies Art Art

German

Computing Business Studies 3d Design
History  German Drama French
Religious Studies Health & Social Care BTEC French Geography
Triple Science History History Graphics
  PE (GCSE) Horticulture BTEC History
    Music Religios Studies

Virtually all students take one of Triple Science, Computer Science, French, German, History or Geography to satisfy Progress 8.

YEAR 11

The Year 11 curriculum is:

English 4 hours    
Mathematics 3½ hours    
Science 4½ hours Triple Scientists 7 hours
PE 2 hours    
Four Options 2½ hours each    

There are 6 tutor groups in Year 11.

English, Mathematics and Science group across the set of three tutor groups into four groups.

Mathematics set one to four in each half year group. Students in set 1 are working towards grades 9, 8 and 7, students in set 2 towards grades 7, 6 and 5, students in set 3 towards grades 5, 4 and 3 and students in set 4 towards grades 3, 2 and 1.

Science have one triple Science group who also study Triple Science as one of their options, two Trilogy groups and one Synergy group in each half year group.

In English all groups will follow the same course in English Language and Literature. In each half year group there is one group on each half with students who achieved levels 7 and 8 at the end of KS3, two parallel groups with students who achieved level 6 and one smaller group with students who achieved level 5.

PE teach half the year group at a time with four teachers. Boys are set across two groups and girls are set across two groups according to ability in PE.

Personal Development is delivered on separate Personal Development days.

The students choose one option from each of the four columns below:

Column A

Column B

Column C

Column D

Art Art Business Studies Drama
Drama French Computer Studies Food and Nutrition
French Health and Social Care (BTEC) Geography Geography
Geography History German Graphic Products
German Triple Science History History
Graphic Products   PE (GCSE) Music
Horticulture (BTEC)     Resistant Materials

Virtually all students take one of Triple Science, Computer Science, French, German, History or Geography to satisfy Progress 8.

YEARS 12 and 13

Most students in the Sixth Form take all their A level subjects at Wood Green. However, there is the option to take one course offered by Henry Box. The combination of A level subjects offered by the two schools is called the Witney Grid. The two schools have similar timetables to allow a wider choice of subjects. 

Students who choose the A Level Pathway study 3 or 4 A Level courses of their choice, and the AQA Extended Project Qualification. The entry requirements for this are higher than the combined pathway.  

The entry requirements are:

 A minimum of grade 4 in English and Mathematics, and an average point score in the rest of your GCSEs of 42, where a B is 46 points, and C is 40 points.

Students also have the opportunity to re-sit GCSE in English and Maths during the course of Year 12 if they did not achieve a Grade 5. Students also need to meet the specific entrance requirements for each subject

 

Students who seek a more vocational route can choose the Combined Pathway. Here, they will study 2 A levels at Wood Green and a Level 3 vocational qualification at Witney College, as well as the Extended Project Qualification. and three A levels at A2. The entry requirements for this pathway are lower than the A Level Pathway

The entry requirements are:

A minimum of grade 4 in English and Mathematics, and an average point score in the rest of your GCSEs of 36, where a C is 40 points and D is 34. Students need a minimum of 4 other C grades in addition to English and Maths grades.

Students who do not attain a grade 5 in English and Maths, will also have to re-sit these subjects during the course of Year 12.

The option boxes are shown below:

Year 12

Box A Box B Box C  Box D Box E
Biology Chemistry Biology Drama Geography
Business Studies Health & Social Care English Lit Further Mathematics (s) Health & Social Care
English Lit & Lang Music (s) German History Mathematics
Psychology RS Physics Music Technology Sociology
      PE  
      Psychology  

The Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate at Witney College are:

• Applied Science
• Business
• Computer Science / ICT
• Health and Social Care
• Media Studies
• Music Technology
• Photography
• Sports Studies
• Travel and Tourism

Year 13

There were two routes into the sixth form in September 2016: 

Route A, the traditional ‘academic’ option and career focussed vocational courses in Route B.

For Route A, the entry requirements were:

·         an average point score of 42 points; and

·         Four B grades, two of which must have been from GCSE subjects; and

·         Grade C or above in GCSE English Language or GCSE English

For Route B students had to choose double Health and Social Care plus an A level subject. Entrance requirements were:

·         An average point score of 36 points; and

·         Six C grades; and

·         Grade C or above in GCSE English Language or GCSE English 

The option boxes are shown below:

Box A Box B Box C  Box D Box E
Business Studies  Biology Drama Art Geography
Chemistry Economics Product Design Biology Further Mathematics (s)
French English Lit & Lang Psychology Chemistry Mathematics
Further Mathematics (s) English Lit & Lang RS English Lit Sociology
History Psychology   Music  
PE        

(s) students needed to take these subjects in two boxes