Our ambitious curriculum is designed to ensure that all students are able to thrive, both academically and personally, at Driffield School and Sixth Form. The curriculum we deliver is knowledge-rich and aims to equip all of our students with the knowledge, skills and experiences that they need to be successful people and have better lives. This is underpinned by a culture that places a high value on literacy and vocabulary, which are both crucial to academic achievement, future learning and employment.
The five-year curriculum is broad and balanced; we teach this in two key stages (Key Stage 3 in Years 7, 8 and 9 and Key Stage 4 in Years 10 and 11). The Key Stage 3 curriculum is carefully sequenced to ensure that students develop the knowledge and skills they will need to successfully move on to Key Stage 4. Students will study the core subjects, English, maths and science, alongside a wide range of non-core subjects.
At Driffield School and Sixth Form, we strongly believe that students should study a balanced curriculum that places equal importance on moral, spiritual, emotional and physical development. Our curriculum is therefore complemented by our personal development and form time programme. All students at Key Stage 3 study an hour of APEX (Achieving Personal Excellence) per week; these lessons focus on aspects of personal, social, health and economic education. These lessons also develop students’ personal development alongside the importance of British values. APEX is designed to develop our students into thoughtful, responsible and informed members of the community who are prepared for life beyond school. All students also have two hours of core PE a week up to the end of Year 10 (and one hour in Year 11) to support their physical development.
At the end of Key Stage 3, students opt for three non-core subjects and we offer a wide range of subjects for all learners to study, including a number of vocational GCSE options. Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is ambitious for all learners; all students will sit nine GCSEs if they follow the trilogy Science course or ten if they follow the triple Science course. Students are allocated to the appropriate Science pathway at the end of Year 10. All students sit a Religious Education GCSE, as we believe students should be rewarded with a qualification for each subject they study at Key Stage 4. Students sit this qualification at the end of Year 10, having followed the programme of study for the previous two years.
High quality teaching and learning is at the heart of any successful curriculum and students will experience lessons that are motivating, purposeful and challenging. We aim to encourage proactive thinking in all lessons and expect all students to have high aspirations.
We are proud of the wide range of enrichment opportunities we are able to offer our students, at lunchtime and after school, and we encourage all of them to take part in activities outside of their timetabled lessons. Alongside this, we are passionate about providing memorable experiences outside of the classroom that will support students’ academic success and their personal development.