Intent, Implementation and Impact

At Carterton Community College we will offer a balanced and ambitious curriculum that is based on our shared values and which will deliver the very best outcomes for all our students.  Building on the progress students have made at primary school, and mindful of their ambition and aspirations, we will deliver a sequenced and progressive academic curriculum. It will produce students who are confident in numeracy, reading and communication, so that they may flourish in their chosen careers and become confident, valued members of our community.

Founded upon high standards and high aspirations the curriculum will instil a genuine love of learning amongst our students, providing them with the knowledge and skills they will need as they prepare for life in the 21st Century.  We believe that rigorous planning and resourcing, consistent implementation and appropriate assessment, will produce curious and resilient learners who are able to successfully access and progress through the curriculum.

For pupils aged between 11 to 14, we will maintain a broad curriculum with a wide range of subjects so that students may benefit from a rich learning experience.  Building on the progress students have made at primary school, and mindful of their ambitions and aspirations, we will deliver a sequenced and progressive curriculum which values academic and creative subjects.  For pupils aged 14 to 19, the curriculum will provide syllabus-led learning pathways, designed to maximise attainment, nurture their self-belief so they may progress to ambitious destinations.

The personal development curriculum will contribute to students’ ability to appreciate their place in a world of diverse culture, hold British values and have meaningful, enriching experiences which widen the extent of their learning.  Through our STEM initiative we will work alongside a range of institutions and industry partners to integrate learning experiences and skills development into the fabric of our curriculum and produce citizens with the skills to meet the demands of the current and future workforce.

Curriculum map

Key Stage 3
Hours TaughtKey Points
Year 7  hours Year 8  hours Year 9  hours
English 8 English 8 English 8
Maths 8 Maths 8 Maths 8
Science 8 Science 8 Science 8
DT 4 DT 4 DT 4
Art 2 Art 2 Art 3
Comp Sci 1 Comp Sci 1 Comp Sci 1
Geography 3 Geography 3 Geography 3
RE 2 RE 2 RE 3
History 3 History 3 History 3
PE 5 PE 4 PE 4
French 4 French 4 French 4
Music 2 Music 2 Music 2

All lessons are in hours per fortnight. Our curriculum operates on a 2-week timetable, 25 hours per week. We have 4 lessons in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. The day starts at 8.30 with a 25 minute tutoring slot. Period 1 & 2 then break for 20 minutes. Period 3 & 4 then lunch for 45 minutes. The day finishes at 2.55pm for Key Stage 3 students.

Key Stage 4
Hours TaughtYear 10Year 11Key Points

All lessons are in hours per fortnight. Our curriculum operates on a 2-week timetable, 25 hours per week. We have 4 lessons in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. The day starts at 8.30 with a 25 minute tutoring slot. Period 1 & 2 then break for 20 minutes. Period 3 & 4 then lunch for 45 minutes. The day finishes at 2.55pm for Key Stage 4 students. There is a Period 6 timetabled when appropriate.

Year 10  hours Options Running
English 7
Maths 7
Science 9
DT 6
RE Core 1
Option 1 6
Option 2 6
Option 3 6
Option 4 6
Option 4 6
Option 1 hours (classes) Option 2 hours (classes) Option 3 hours (classes)
French 5(1) Geography 5(1) French 5(1)
History 5(2) History 5(1) Geography 5(1)
Art &Design 5(1) Sociology 5(1) Art 5(1)
Media 5(1) ICT 5(1) Drama 5(1)
PE 5(1) Photography 5(1) ICT 5(1)
Sport 5(1) (Maths/English) 5(1) Music 5(1)
COPE 5(1) COPE 5(1)
Option 1 hours (classes) Option 2 hours (classes) Option 3 hours (classes)
French 5(1) Geography 5(1) French 5(1)
History 5(2) History 5(1) Geography 5(1)
Art &Design 5(1) Humanities 5(1) Art 5(1)
Media 5(1) ICT 5(1) Drama 5(1)
Travel & T 5(1) Photography 5(1) Music 5(1)
Sport 5(1) PE 5(2)
COPE 5(1) COPE 5(1)
COPE 5(1) COPE 5(1)
  • English, Maths & Science is taught as whole year cohorts
  • Aspiration and more-able students are strongly encouraged to follow the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) route
  • DT is backed up with PE and RE
  • RE is a full course GCSE but short course GCSE is available for some learners
  • Humanities and Sociology are alternative options to History and Geography
  • PSHE is taught on a rolling 6-week programme in Year groups
  • Foundation learners have the option of attending College once a week

Foundation learners (dis-applied from KS3 French) are encouraged to opt for COPE at KS4 in one of the option blocks

Key Stage 5
Hours TaughtKey Points

All lessons are in hours per fortnight. Our curriculum operates on a 2-week timetable, 25 hours per week. We have 4 lessons in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon. The day starts at 8.30 with a 25 minute tutoring slot. Period 1 & 2 then break for 20 minutes. Period 3 & 4 then lunch for 45 minutes. Period 5 then a short break into Period 6. The day finishes at 4.15 pm for Key Stage 5 students when timetabled, Monday to Thursday.

Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4 Option 5 Option 6 Option 7
Art Chemistry Maths Psychology Geography Media English Lit
Biology RE Sport Science History Physics
Engineering
  • All students start at 8.30 but have the option of leaving at lunchtime if no period 5 or 6 lesson
  • Students have the option of 3 or 4 choices
    In Year 12, we expect most students to take:
    3 or 4 options
    Enrichment Studies* (compulsory)
    Registration including assemblies on Mondays
    Work Experience
    Opportunities to take part in mentoring, peer listening, leadership opportunities and a variety of extra-curricular activities
    A programme of talks and information regarding students’ higher education/career choices and other matters relevant to Year 12 experience
  • In Year 13, we would expect most students to take:
    3 options
    Registration
    An Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) qualification taken by most students (equivalent to half an A level.)
    Opportunities to take part in mentoring, peer listening, leadership opportunities and a variety range of extra-curricular activities
  • PSHE is taught on a rolling 6-week programme in as a year group