Curriculum

YEAR 7

The Year 7 curriculum is:

English 3½ hours
Mathematics 3 hours
Science 2½ hours
Design Technology 2 hours
ICT 1 hour
Personal Development ½ hour 
PE 2 hours
RE 1 hour
Languages 2 hours
History 2 hours
Geography 1½ hours
Art 1 hour
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 Technology, Mathematics and PE are taught in tutor groups.

Design Technology 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 Technology for 2 hours per week over 9 weeks, Textiles for 2 hours per week also over 9 weeks and Design Technology for 2 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 tutors. 

 

YEAR 8

The Year 8 curriculum is:

English 3 hours
Mathematics 2½ hours
Science 3 hours
Design Technology 2 hours
ICT 1 hour
Personal Development ½ hour
PE 2 hours
RE 1 hour
Languages 3 hours
History 1½ hours
Geography 1½ hours
Art 1 hour
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, ICT,RE and History are taught in 3 groups in each year half of three tutor groups. There are two parallel groups in each half working securely at levels 5 and 6 in English and one smaller group in each half of three tutor groups in which students are working at levels 3 and 4 and consolidating level 5.

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

Design Technology 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 Technology for 2 hours per week over 9 weeks and Design Technology for 2 hours per week over 2 x 9 weeks. As part of this cycle students study a 9 week course on Mindfullness.  

Mathematics set across each set of three tutor groups. Students in set 1 are working at levels 6 /7, students in set 2 are working at levels 6,  students in set 3 are working at levels 5/6 and students in set 4 are working at levels 4/5.

Geography set across each set of three tutor groups into one top set and two parallel groups.

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.

 

YEAR 9

The Year 9 curriculum is:

English 3 hours
Mathematics 3 hours
Science  3 hours
Design Technology 2 hours
ICT 1 hour
Personal Development ½ hour
PE 2 hours
RE 1 hour
Languages 2 or 3 hours
History 1½ hours 
Geography 2 hours
Art 1 hour
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 of French in the French half of the year group. In the German half of the year group the students are taught in tutor groups.

Design Technology 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 Technology for 2 hours per week over 9 weeks, Textiles for 2 hours per week also over 9 weeks and Design Technology for 2 hours per week over 2 x 9 weeks.

Mathematics and Science set across the two sets of three tutor groups into four groups. Mathematics set one to four in each half. Students in set 1 are working at levels 7/8, students in set 2 at levels 6/7, students in set 3 at levels 5/6 and students in set 4 at levels 4/5. Science and English each have a top group working at levels 6/7, two middle groups working at levels 5/6 and one smaller lower group working at levels 4/5.

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 three mixed ability groups across each set of three tutor groups.

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

History, RE and IT group each half year group of 3 tutor groups into two equal groups with students working at levels 6-8 and one smaller group of students working at levels 4-6.

 

YEAR 10

The Year 10 curriculum is:

English 3½ hours    
Mathematics 3½ hours    
Science 4½ hours Triple Scienctist 7 hours
PE 1½ hours    
RE 1½ hours Full course RE 2 hours
Four Options  2½ hours each    

There are 6 tutor groups in Year 10.

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

Mathematics set one to four in each half. 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 Additional groups and one Additional Applied 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.

RE set across each of the two sets of three tutor groups into four groups.

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

Bus Studies

Drama

Drama

French Computer Studies Food & Nutrition
French  Health & Social Care (BTEC) Geography Geography
Geography  History German Graphic Products
German Triple Science History History
Graphic Products   PE (GCSE) Music
Horticulture (BTEC)     Resitant Materials

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. 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 Additional groups and one Additional Applied 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

Catering Computing Art Art
Drama French Bus Studies Child Development
French German Geography Drama
German Graphic Products History Geography
Graphic products Horticulture (BTEC) PE (GCSE) History
History Resistant Materials   Music
Media Studies Triple Science   Extra English and Mathematics
Resistant Materials      

Where there is more than one group from a particular subject in one option block subjects can set in the option block.

 

YEARS 12 and 13

The Witney Consortium is a partnership between Henry Box School, and Wood Green School, aimed at increasing the opportunities for post-16 students and rationalising resources. AS/A Level subjects in the town are arranged in a grid consisting of five option boxes. Students can only choose one subject from each box, as all the subjects in the same box are taught at the same time. Some shared teaching takes place, particularly in subjects with small numbers.

Under Consortium arrangements it is possible for students to be based at Wood Green while studying one subject at another institution.

At Wood Green most A Level students take four subjects at in Year 12, and then continue with three of these subjects at A2 level in Year 13, in order to gain one AS Level and three A Levels. Other combinations are also possible according to the needs and abilities of individual students.

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  

Year 13

Box A Box B Box C  Box D Box E
Accounting Biology Chemistry Chemistry Further Mathematics (s)
Chemistry Economics Drama Drama Geography
Further Maths + (s) English Lit French French Government & Politics
History German Music Tech Music Tech Government & Politics
Health & Social Care Music (s) Psychology Psychology Mathematics
  Physics RS RS Sociology
  Psychology      

(s) teaching shared with Henry Box School

+ students will need to take these subjects in two/three boxes

There are two routes into the sixth form: Route A, the traditional ‘academic’ option and career focussed vocational courses in Route B.

For Route A the entry requirements are:

  • an average point score of 42 points; and
  • Four B grades, two of which must be from GCSE subjects; and
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language, GCSE English or IGCSE English

Many AS/A subjects have particular requirements; for example, Chemistry requires BB in GCSE Science. Depending on the GCSE qualifications they have gained in Year 11, students decide on an appropriate combination of courses.

For Route B students must choose either double Health and Social Care or Business Studies and Accounting. For your other subjects, please select any subject from the general prospectus. You must have the entrance grade required.

Entrance requirements are:

  • An average point score of 36 points; and
  • Six C grades; and
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language, GCSE English or IGCSE English

Most subjects have four one hour lessons per week. This may be reduced to three hours per week when the number of students taking a subject is very small. All subjects have assessments and external examinations (where appropriate) for the two/three modules which comprise their AS course and further assessments and examinations for the two/three modules of their A2 course. AS/A courses are examined in June. The school pays for the first attempt at any module; a re-take is paid for by the student.