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Secondary Curriculum – 2018/19

The secondary curriculum at Heyford Park Free School is fundamental to students realising success. When students engage with a curriculum that is tailored to their needs, interests and aspirations, we believe progress, motivation and attainment will follow.
At Heyford Park Free School we aim to provide a curriculum which meets the needs of each student. We aim to provide all of our students with opportunities which develop confidence, broaden the individual skills set and advocate academic excellence and a love of learning. We offer a curriculum at all levels that hook students into learning, preparing them for their next pathway at each Key Stage.
We also merit learning beyond the National Curriculum and seek to afford further inspiring activities which promote creative thinking, curiosity and collaborative team working. The enriched curriculum bridges the range of activities embarked on through the house system, STEM, sporting events, enterprise initiatives, lunchtime clubs and additional opportunities which are offered during the academic year. We want out students to be able to create the right pathway for themselves while making a meaningful contribution to their communities.
At Heyford Park Free School there is a strong focus on the core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science, which we believe are the props that support understanding, skills and accomplishment elsewhere in the curriculum. We also endorse language learning, believing that the study of languages is paramount in preparing our students for the challenges of the outside world. History will be a compulsory subject for all students from Key Stage 1 through to 3. The unique location of the school on a site of international heritage importance is a resource we will fully utilise to ensure history is stimulating and exciting for students. A living curriculum in history will develop both transferable analytical skills that are sought after in the job market and an intellectual curiosity sparked through practical investigation.

The KS3 Curriculum

is condensed and taught in Years 7 and 8 at Heyford Park Free School. On entry, students are placed into two equal teaching sets and are taught in mixed ability classes, RAF or USAF. Quality First Teaching ensures all students are stretched and challenged. Students are taught English, Maths, Science, Ethics, Physical Education, Spanish, Geography, History, Performing Arts, Art, PSHCE and Computer Science.

The KS4 Curriculum

is taught in Years 9, 10 and 11. Students opt for their GCSE subjects in Year 8 and follow their GCSE study across three years.
Compulsory subjects: English Literature, English Language, Maths, Science and Core Physical Education.
Optional subjects (3 must be chosen): Geography, History, Computer Science, Art, Drama, GCSE Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Media, Business Studies and Music Technology.
Other subjects, such as those listed below, will be built in as part of the PSHE/tutorial programme, development days and cross-curricular study. Some skills, like enterprise skills, are so important that they are part of most learning experiences and qualifications.
¨ Careers education
¨ Citizenship
¨ Ethics
¨ Enterprise skills
¨ Literacy and numeracy
¨ Sex and relationship education
¨ Work-related learning 

Subject Year 7/8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Maths 5 5 5 5
English 5 5 5 5
Science 5 5 5 5
Core PE 2 2 2 2.5
Spanish 2 2 2 2.5
History 2 2 2 3
Geography 1 2.5 2.5 2.5
Ethics 1      
Art 1 2.5 2.5 2.5
Performing Arts 1 2.5 2.5 2.5
PSHCE 1 Covered in Tutor time, and drop down days throughout the year.
Computer Science/IT 1   2.5 2.5
Music Technology   2.5  
Business Studies   2.5    
Media Studies     2.5 2.5
GCSE PE/V-Cert PE   2.5 2.5 2.5
Post 16
Our sixth form is small and focused on ensuring we can provide a personalised approach for each of our students because we will know them well. As a small sixth form our offer will be academic providing students with the opportunity to take three A levels ensuring they can successfully progress to degree level qualifications both through university and graduate apprenticeship level 3 qualifications.
Courses at HPFS Sixth Form
A Levels (Level 3). 
Science and mathematics pathway: biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, computer science, physical education.
Arts and humanities pathways: English Literature, English Language and Literature, art, theatre / drama, philosophy, psychology, sociology, business studies, history and geography.

Students can choose from both an arts & humanities pathway and science and mathematics pathway when selecting their three A levels.  All our students will take “the extended project” which is a research based A level as a fourth A level.
Technical Award (Level 3):

This is a level 3 course and will be cohort dependent.  Current interest would be 
business studies, sport, performing arts.
This can be taken alongside an A level.
GCSEs (Level 2):

We will offer mathematics and English at Level 2 alongside a technical award or a reduced number of A levels.
                          DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
This will be a compulsory course at Heyford Park Free School.  Employment is rapidly changing and it is necessary for employees to be equipped to cope with change.  We want our students to be the best. Whether they want to go to University or enter a graduate training route, it is important that they can exhibit employability and leadership skills.  They must have developed their resilience and problem solving skills so that they are clear about their personal values as they face decisions in their futures. Graduate routes are changing with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and a wide range of companies are offering more opportunities for trainees to enter graduate apprenticeships with them working in partnership with universities.
This programme will be based on project briefs set by external organisations.  There will be built into each brief opportunities to develop skills such as:
  • communication
  • team building
  • presentation skills
  • problem solving
  • initiative
  • and many more….



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