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 13 – Curriculum
Our aim is to provide a range of A level subjects which will allow students to develop a variety of skills, as well as satisfy their personal preferences. Each subject consists of five one hour lessons, one of which is an independent study lesson where students are expected to do their own research, further reading or assignments, working independently. Students normally study three A level subjects, however Further Maths and Core Maths can be studied alongside these three subjects.
Further Maths students may choose to study the subject for just one year to AS level rather than continue for a further year to complete the full A level.