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09 Aug 2020
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Curriculum overview

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Curriculum Plan, Years 7-11

At Fairfield we offer students an innovative, broad and balanced curriculum which meets the needs of individuals whilst creating the best conditions for all our students to excel and succeed to the best of their ability.

We have a highly qualified and committed team of specialist teachers and support staff who work together to develop our students as life-long learners. Students in Years 7–9 study the following subjects:

Students are currently taught in mixed ability teaching groups, except for Maths. Students may be moved between groups or sets in any subject, depending on their performance. Most students will have the opportunity to study a second foreign language. Parents/carers will always be informed so that we can continue to work together to ensure our students make the most of their opportunities. In Years 10–11 we offer our students further opportunities within the curriculum. Students must study English, Maths, Science, Humanities, PE, PSHE and Careers. They also have a choice of a wide range of optional subjects, covering both traditional academic subjects at GCSE and more vocational areas such as Health and Social Care, Animal Care and Construction, following either a BTEC or NCFE course. We also offer the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which gives students the opportunity to experience new pursuits whilst developing leadership and team building skills.

Work-related learning is important for all our students from Years 7–11. We organise Industry Days and other Careers events in school. All Year 11 students are offered Careers advice and some students may be given the opportunity for a regular work placement for one or two days a week.

With our extensive programme of learning outside the classroom, encompassing everything from visits linked to curriculum areas to residential trips which encourage confidence and independence, we believe that our curriculum offers a wide range of opportunities for every student and Ofsted agrees with us – awarding us “Outstanding” for the third consecutive time in October 2013.

Quick info…

Students in Key Stage 3 study:
  • English and Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities
    (History, Geog, Ethics)
  • Modern Foreign Languages
    (French, Spanish)
  • Food Technology
  • Art and Textiles
  • Design & Technology
  • Computer Science / Computing
  • Performing Arts
    (Music, Drama)
  • Physical Education
Students in Key Stage 4 may add vocational subjects:
  • Animal Care
  • Children’s Play, Learning & Development
  • Construction and the Built Environment
  • Creative Crafts