At Stokesley School we want our students to be highly engaged, intrigued and ambitious learners. We also want them to be ready for their next stage, be that GCSE, A-Level, higher education, apprenticeships or work. We also want them to learn to be respectful and tolerant citizens. Our curriculum recognises that a significant number of our students are high achievers and alongside the ambitions we hold for all our learners, keeps academic rigour at its core. We embrace the arts and are more ambitious than the national curriculum, for example ensuring all year 8 students study drama discretely and have access to it in years 9 to 11. We are also influenced by the local labour market thus ensuring strength of provision in STEM subjects, particularly at A-Level, as well as robust careers guidance for apprenticeships and links with local vocational providers. Ultimately, we believe the expertise for curriculum delivery lies with the Heads of Faculty/Department and subject specialists; within a culture of collaborative working and carefully selected school-wide shared approaches, our capable subject areas have the freedom to plan and sequence their curricula to ensure knowledge and skills are developed over the 5/7 years of study, retained over this time, and enable students to successfully reach their endpoints, be that GCSE or A Level.
Year 10 – Curriculum
It is crucial that our young people develop the essential learning skills, resourcefulness and sense of self-worth that they will need in the ever-changing world of life and work ahead. Our curriculum therefore is one which continually evolves, combining a commitment to students’ personal development with the demands of academic rigour.
In year 10 students begin their GCSE studies having chosen their options during year 9. We encourage as many of our students as possible to study the full range of subjects that makes up the Ebacc in order to give the broadest possible opportunities later in life. Ultimately though, our curriculum philosophy is built on choice so we do not insist students follow any particular route beyond the core and extended core.
An alternative pathway is available for those students who learn best through more practical and vocational elements. Our Bridge Course includes qualifications in a variety of Level 1 and 2 courses, including : Fire Service and the Community, Level 1/2 award in Event Operations, Certificate of Personal Effectiveness and work experience placements. Students have 6 hours of Bridge per week in year 10 and year 11. They will miss one PE lesson and one RE lesson a fortnight in year 10, and one PE lesson per week in year 11.