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Curriculum Offer

Parents and members of the public can find out about the curriculum the school follows in each academic year for every subject by following the Faculties - Subject links on left hand menu on this page.

Curriculum

The curriculum at Parkside School is designed to be balanced, challenging and relevant. It is also innovative and personalised, built around students’ individual needs and based on their ability and potential.

At Parkside School, we want our students to be highly successful in their learning. We offer a broad range of courses at all levels preparing students for further education and future careers. We are also responsive to the national agenda thus ensuring that our students can compete robustly with all students nationally.

At all key stages the curriculum is supported by an extensive extracurricular programme provided as part of the extended day, to broaden and enhance the learning experience.

Key Stage 3

During key stage 3 (Years 7-9) Parkside students follow a very broad and challenging curriculum consisting of a wide range of diverse subjects. This comprises of the core subjects: English, Maths, Science, Core PE and PSHCE. Students also study a foreign language (French or Spanish), Geography, History, Religious Studies, Drama, Art, Music and Technology; which includes Engineering, Food, Product Design and Textiles.

In addition, students experience careers education and guidance through the Parkside Aspire2b programme. All of which provide students with a wide-ranging experience on which to build in the next stage of their learning.

Key stage 4

At key stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) all students will follow a similar compulsory core curriculum consisting of 5 academic GCSE subjects: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Combined Science, which is worth 2 GCSE grades. As well as an optional qualification in either Religious Studies, Sports Studies or Health and Social Care, all of which include elements of the PSHCE programme. Students will also continue to study Core PE as part of promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

The Aspire2b programme continues to offer a range of careers information and guidance as well as enterprise education. This includes CV writing, a work experience placement day, bespoke Higher Education visits and all students also receive independent careers advice and take part in a mock interview process with a local employee.

Further to this, students will make 3 further option choices from the broad spectrum of academic, practical, creative and vocational course that are on offer at Parkside.

The vast majority of KS4 courses lead to subjects that can be studied at Parkside 6th form.

Courses offered as part of the KS4 options process at Parkside School:

Ebacc Subjects

Practical / Creative /Technical Subjects

French

Spanish

Geography

History

Separate Science

Computer Science

Art

Business

Construction

Dance

Drama

Engineering

Health & Social Care

Hospitality & Catering

ICT (i-media)

Music

PE

Photography

Product Design

Psychology

Religious Studies

Sports Studies

Textiles

Key stage 5

Students in Parkside 6th form study 3 A’level or equivalent courses. There is a broad offer of academic and vocational qualifications with specific subject course requirements. This study leads to higher Education, Apprenticeships or advanced employment. However, Parkside 6th form is not just about work, our students are actively involved in an enrichment programme on a Wednesday afternoon as well as being involved in the community through local charity work and work experience. Enrichment provides students with the opportunity to either study further academic and creative courses or/and participate in work with the community such as the over 60’s club, student support and assisting with students in the DSP. The Aspire2b programme also continues through 6th form with students experiencing a wide variety of careers information and guidance.

Courses offered as part of the KS5 options process at Parkside School:

Facilitating Subjects

Practical / Creative / Technical Subjects

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

French

Spanish

Geography

History

English Literature

Mathematics

Art

Business

Drama

Health & Social Care

ICT (i-media)

PE

Photography

Product Design

Psychology

Religious Studies

Sociology

Sports Studies

English Language/Literature

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