The Curriculum at QKS
Academic and ‘Whole Child’
At QKS, the curriculum is the heart of everything we do.
Our wider, ‘Whole Child’, curriculum including pastoral support; assembly activities and topics; Form Time and Citizenship programme; House competitions and extensive extra-curricular opportunities; all work in synergy with our Proud to Belong ethos which underpins everything we do. We are very proud of the wide-ranging opportunities that are on offer to every student – please click on the ‘Whole Child’ Curriculum Hills, Clubs, Trips and Proud to Belong documents below for further information.
The curriculum is the vehicle in which we deliver our vision to ensure all students are supported and stretched to reach their potential and leave as happy, well-rounded individuals with the knowledge, qualifications and skills they need for the next stage in their lives. We monitor how well we are achieving our vision through academic progress together with our annual Form Tutor reference which celebrates all the wider aspects of our curriculum.
The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge they need to know, the skills they need to apply it, and the ability to combine the two successfully. This is achieved through an extensive provision of learning opportunities, which stimulate, engage and encourage students to be resilient and have high aspirations for themselves. Department and subject areas think carefully about the rationale for their subject and the knowledge and skills they aim to develop. As a result, subject teams give careful consideration to the content covered and the sequencing of it. The links within units of work and with other subjects are made explicit; this empowers students with ability to make memorable connections. More information about this can be found in each subject area. As students move through Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, they are able to exercise greater choice in terms of the subjects they study. Our philosophy for KS3 and KS4 students is one that encourages a large common core and stresses a broad balanced curriculum for all. All students have equality of choice and all options are available to all students.