Heyford Park Free School

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Secondary Curriculum

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 hooks 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 4. 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. Stuents are taught English, Maths, Science, Ethics, Physical Education, Spanish, Geography, History, Music, Art, Drama and STEM.

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, Spanish, History and Physical Education.
Optional subjects (2 must be chosen): Geography, Computer Science, Art, Drama, GCSE PE and Music.
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 

Post 16

Post 16 provision will be available from September 2018.  As a small school we aim to provide an academic 6th Form with the opportunity to develop employability and enterprise skills in specialist areas.  This will be through an extended project, the Heyfordian Challenge and the opportunity to under-take an internship.


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