Our Curriculum

YEAR 7

The Year 7 curriculum is:

English3½ hours
Mathematics3 hours
Science2½ hours
Art & Design2 hours
Computing 1 hour
Personal Development½ hour 
PE2 hours
RE1 hour
French or German2 hours
Literacy for some students instead of Languages2 hours
Academic Enrichment for most students 1 hour
History2 hours
Geography1½ hours
Drama1 hour
Music1 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:

English3 hours
Mathematics3 hours
Science3 hours
Art & Design2½ hours
Computing1 hour
Personal Development½ hour
PE2 hours
RE1 hour
French1½ hours
German1½ hours
History1½ hours
Geography1½ hours
Drama1 hour
Music1 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:

English3 hours
Mathematics3 hours
Science 3 hours
Art & Design 3 hours
Computing1 hour
Personal Development½ hour
PE2 hours
RE1 hour
Languages2 or 3 hours
History1½ hours 
Geography2 hours
Drama1 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:

English4 hours  
Mathematics3½ hours  
Science4½ hoursTriple Scientists7 hours
PE1½ hours  
Four Options 2½ hours each  
Personal Development½ 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 StudiesArtArt

German

ComputingBusiness Studies3d Design
History GermanDramaFrench
Religious StudiesHealth & Social Care BTECFrenchGeography
Triple ScienceHistoryHistoryGraphics
 PE (GCSE)Horticulture BTECHistory
  MusicReligios 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:

English4 hours  
Mathematics3½ hours  
Science4½ hoursTriple Scientists7 hours
PE2 hours  
Four Options2½ 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

ArtArtBusiness StudiesDrama
DramaFrenchComputer StudiesFood and Nutrition
FrenchHealth and Social Care (BTEC)GeographyGeography
GeographyHistoryGermanGraphic Products
GermanTriple ScienceHistoryHistory
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 ABox BBox C Box DBox E
BiologyChemistryBiologyDramaGeography
Business StudiesHealth & Social CareEnglish LitFurther Mathematics (s)Health & Social Care
English Lit & LangMusic (s)GermanHistoryMathematics
PsychologyRSPhysicsMusic TechnologySociology
   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 ABox BBox C Box DBox E
Business Studies BiologyDramaArtGeography
ChemistryEconomicsProduct DesignBiologyFurther Mathematics (s)
FrenchEnglish Lit & LangPsychologyChemistryMathematics
Further Mathematics (s)English Lit & LangRSEnglish LitSociology
HistoryPsychology Music 
PE    

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