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Curriculum Intent

Broad and balanced

At Chesham Grammar School, we have devised a curriculum that provides a broad and balanced education for all students.  We believe that the most effective way of getting students ready for a rapidly changing world is to give students a broad education, covering a wide range of disciplines and subjects.  Our curriculum ensures that students follow a pathway that is balanced between traditional, academic subjects and the more creative subjects.  Our provision at each Key Stage ensures that students are fully prepared for the next stage of their education or lives.

 

Knowledge and skills 

Our curriculum recognises the importance of enabling students to develop a deep and rich knowledge of subjects.  A deep and rich knowledge of subjects unlocks opportunities for students that are simply not available when teachers skim over topics.  Teachers immerse students in their subjects and challenge them to think deeply. Our curriculum enables students to understand concepts and acquire a variety of skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations.  The comprehensive knowledge and skills developed by students through exposure to our wide-ranging curriculum will give them the flexibility to adapt successfully in our fast-paced world. 

 

Preparation for the future

Chesham Grammar School is staffed by specialists who are passionate about their subject and the standard of teaching is high.  Our main priority is learning and we intend to enable our students to develop the habits of the CGS Learner so that they are fully prepared for further study, the world of work and to become active citizens who make a positive contribution to society.  We want students to be ambitious and resilient so that they know how to learn for themselves.  While teachers encourage, support and guide pupils, we expect them to take a good deal of responsibility for their own learning and to be able to work both independently and with each other, to relish challenges and to persevere when they find things hard.  

 

Personal development

At the heart of our curriculum is the personal development of our students.  Students are exposed to a wide, rich set of curriculum experiences outside of the classroom so that they are equipped with the cultural capital that they need to succeed in life. Through our Life Skills and extra-curricular programme including Careers and Enterprise and our assemblies, we support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students as well as promoting the fundamental British values, healthy living and positive relationships.  We instil the We aim to equip our students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to make the right choices to ensure that they lead safe and secure lives.

 

Key Stage 3

All students at Key Stage 3 study English with a specialist English teacher.  There is an emphasis on developing high levels of literacy and a love of reading which is further supported through the Reading Hour in the Library.  Key Stage 3 students are taught Science in well-equipped laboratories, covering topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology before embarking on all of these as separate Science GCSEs in Year 9. Mathematics is taught initially in teaching groups and after careful analysis of test results throughout Year 7, students are taught in mixed ability groups (with a top set only) in Year 8, to ensure the pace of learning can be adapted to suit the needs of individuals.

Our Modern Foreign Languages programme recognises that through achieving success and confidence in one new language, students develop skills that will be transferable when they study a second language.  All students start with French in Year 7 and then study German or Spanish in Year 8.  The decision as to which second language is followed is determined by the school.

Key Stage 3 students study History, Geography and PRE; these subjects are brought to life through practical exploration and opportunities for independent projects.  In Technology, students experience programmes of study that cover a wide range of design skills including Engineering, Food Technology and Textiles.  All students also take Computer Science where they develop their coding skills.

At Chesham Grammar School we also believe firmly that the Creative Arts are an entitlement that all students should have at Key Stage 3; the Arts are not only important disciplines in themselves, they enable students to develop their confidence, collaborative skills and imagination so important across the curriculum. Students study Music, Drama, Dance and Art.

The school values the importance of students developing their confidence in sport and physical activity, promoting the enjoyment of exercise as essential for a healthy life-style.  All Key Stage 3 students have two hours of PE each week.  Through sport, students develop their practical skills and learn the important values of teamwork, leadership, and mutual respect.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum provides a broad and challenging programme that prepares students to study ten subjects at GCSE, with the expectation of progression to A levels and beyond into higher education.

 

Key Stage 4

At GCSE, students continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum.  Students take 6 core subjects – English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.  They are then able to choose four other subjects – a Language, a Humanity, a creative subject and one other, usually a second creative subject.

Our Life Skills and PE programme continues at Key Stage 4.  In addition, all students continue to have one PRE lesson over a two week period, and students are given the opportunity to opt in to sitting the Short Course PRE GCSE examination.

 

Sixth Form

Chesham Grammar School has an academic Sixth Form which meets the requirements of the 16-19 study programme.  Students choose to study either three or four subjects at A level.  Many students also take the Extended Project Qualification. All students follow a programme of non-examination Sixth Form Studies including PE, the lecture programme, study skills, volunteering, work experience and much more. Our Sixth Form lecture programme includes careers advice and ensures that students are well-prepared for their next stage of life.  There are also numerous opportunities for the development of leadership skills throughout the Sixth Form.

 

If you would like further information on any of the subjects listed, please contact office@cheshamgrammar.org and the appropriate Subject Leader or the Curriculum Deputy will answer your queries.