Cleeve School

Subject Information and Setting

Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9

The students study a full and broad range of subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Art, French, Geography, History, Information Technology (IT), Music, Physical Education (PE), Ethics and Technology. In addition to these subjects, the students have timetabled Life Skills sessions for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). From the Spring Term of Year 7 some students will have the opportunity to study a second language.

In Science, Mathematics, English and Technology students will be set from the beginning of Year 7; they will be taught in mixed ability groups for all other subjects. The Physical Education Department will set students during the first half term. From the start of the Spring Term students are set in Languages and ICT; students will also be set across History, Geography and Ethics and across Art, Music and Life Skills. The students’ progress is regularly assessed and carefully monitored and there are opportunities for students to change sets at convenient stages in the course.

Year 10 and Year 11

In Years 10 and 11 students have a core of compulsory subjects and a choice from a wide range of the other subjects. The compulsory subjects are English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. Please see the Key Stage 4 Option Booklet for a full description of all the courses on offer - Options Booklet 2018-2019.

The curriculum and tutor periods are enriched in Key Stage 4 with PSHE, Careers and Citizenship education which is delivered, through the Year 10 Contemporary Values course.

Additional information relating to the curriculum can be found in our Curriculum Policy. To view our Curriculum Policy, please click here.

The Scholars Programme

Our aim is to ensure the highest ambition and achievement for our very able students; The Scholars Programme identifies the students with high prior attainment and develops their experience and interests across a wide spectrum, outside of the classroom. All students who are More Able, Gifted and Talented in a subject area will be challenged and encouraged in these subjects in order to achieve the very highest standards.

The Access Programme

The Access Programme is designed to offer support to students who may struggle with some of the challenges that face them at secondary school; these will include difficulties with literacy and or numeracy. Our Head of Personalised Learning liaises with local primary schools and parents to determine those students who may require such support to ensure that this is ready when pupils arrive in September.

For the small number of students who take part in this programme they will follow an alternative curriculum; instead of studying a language they will receive additional lessons in literacy and numeracy. During these lessons, teachers are able to intervene at the point of miscomprehension and assist pupils. These lessons are also used to support students with their studies in other subjects.

Year 12 and Year 13

We offer a wide choice of subjects in the Sixth Form including a new suite of subjects that are not part of the Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4 Curriculum. For full information on the Sixth Form please see the 2018 Sixth Form Prospectus

The 16-19 Study Programme

The Sixth Form at Cleeve School meets the requirements of 16-19 Study Programme by:

  • Providing individualised routes of learning for students by allowing a choice of A Levels, BTEC Nationals or a combination of the two
  • Offering courses that build on student attainment at GCSE in order to allow students to progress to as higher level of learning once leaving us
  • Personalising timetables to meet the needs and career aspirations of students, for example the addition of the EPQ, continuing with four subjects or reducing from 4 to 3 AS Levels
  • Providing GCSE Maths and English retake lessons for any Sixth Form student who has not achieved a Grade A*-C at GCSE
  • Entering these students for GCSE examinations in November and June
  • Providing Work Experience opportunities for all Sixth Formers including a block week in Year 12
  • Providing longer-term work experience placements for those on vocational courses
  • Providing detailed, independent and timely careers advice and guidance to our students through means such as:
    • Weekly Sixth Form Careers Advisor sessions
    • Use of software highlighting labour market trends such as UniFrog
    • Careers Evenings
    • Trips and visits to help students make career decisions (both subject specific and more general such as The Skills Show
    • Careers activities as part of the Sixth Form Tutorial Programme
    • External speakers such as Elevate Education
  • Providing non-qualification activity to develop character such as Tutorial Programme, PSHE sessions, Challenge and Employability Days, Active Participation etc

Careers Education Advice and Guidance

From Year 7 to Year 13 students at Cleeve are offered guidance on employment, careers and courses in further and higher education. This guidance begins in Year 7 as part of the Life Skills and the Tutor programme. Our objective is to raise aspirations and to ensure that all of our students progress onto an appropriate career path that they have chosen with our help and guidance. The majority of our students continue education into our sixth form and then proceed to higher education.

The Careers and Work Related Learning sessions and activities in Years 10 and 11 are built around the key learning outcomes of self-awareness, opportunity awareness, decision-making, information seeking and careers research. We aim to give students an awareness and understanding of the world of work. To this end, students undertake a whole week’s Work Experience in Year 10, for many this experience is vital in guiding important choices about their future.