The KS3 Curriculum is taught over 2 years and creates an effective and early transition to GCSE study. Subjects are taught according to National Curriculum guidelines and locally agreed syllabus. All students study the following subjects:
Design & Technology
French or Spanish
Religious Education is taught within the Humanities Curriculum as part of SPHERE and adheres to the East Sussex agreed syllabus. Parents can withdraw their child from all or part of the religious education and collective worship programme. These students will work independently in the Library.
Sex Education is taught within the SPHERE and Science Curriculum and adheres to National Curriculum and locally agreed guidelines. Parents can withdraw their child from the elements of the programme that are not part of the National Curriculum.
The PCS Baccalaureate pathway begins in Year 8. The Baccalaureate pathway is open to students who have demonstrated that they have the ability to rise to academic challenges during Year 7, in addition to previous high attainment at primary school.
The KS4 curriculum builds naturally on the work students have been doing in KS3. The KS4 curriculum is 3 years long allowing students to focus more keenly and develop the concepts required for GCSE study in the subjects they wish to pursue. The subject offer is divided into two components, the Core Curriculum and the Choice Curriculum.
The Core Curriculum reflects national statutory requirements and includes: GCSE English Language and Literature; GCSE Maths; GCSE Science including Triple Science; Physical Education and SPHERE.
There are two pathways in the Choice Curriculum; the Baccalaureate pathway and the Progress Pathway. Students who have opted into the Baccalaureate pathway in Year 8 will be entered for the full suite of English Baccalaureate subjects.
In both pathways, students must opt between studying History or Geography GCSE in Key Stage 4, and then choose two additional GCSE or Technical Award (GCSE Equivalent) Options which currently include:
Design Technology – Materials or Textiles route
Drama BTEC (Performance)
Drama BTEC (Technical)
Food and Nutrition
Health and Fitness VCert (PE)
Baccalaureate pathway students will also continue to study a language in Key Stage 4 and this will count as an additional fourth GCSE Option. Progress pathway students have the opportunity to study a GCSE course in Religious Studies during Key Stage 4.
Details about each pathway and qualification are shared with parents, carers and students during the GCSE Options process. We host a GCSE Options information evening and provide a detailed GCSE Options booklet outlining the process and containing detail on the content and method of assessment in each qualification. Each student also attends an interview with a member of the Strategic Leadership Team or the Head of Year 8 before their options are finalised. This allows us to ensure the qualifications and pathway chosen by the student is appropriate for their aptitude, ability and aspirations.
We pride ourselves on the flexibility our curriculum offers, and in 2018 100% of Year 8 students were successful in being granted their individual combination of option choices.
Additional information and policies are available online on www.phcs.org.uk/school/policies
You can find out more information about PCS and its learning programmes from the school. If you would like more details about any aspect of our school or would like to arrange a visit, please contact:
Sarah Daniels on email@example.com or call 01273 575793
The Learning Support and Development Faculty are responsible for providing additional support across the school in all aspects of learning; both academic and pastoral. We also work closely with parents and carers and other professionals to meet the needs of our students.
The Faculty provides a wide range of support including: smaller teaching groups in English, Maths and Humanities, in-class support across the curriculum, individual or small group teaching in literacy, numeracy, language, social, emotional and behavioural skills and parent support groups.
All staff have a strong commitment to ensure that all students, including those with any special need enjoy and achieve within their lessons. Any additional support that we offer our students is based on ongoing assessment and monitoring of student progress.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of Learning Support further, please call 01273 575804 to arrange a meeting with Mandy Lewis (Head of Learning Support and Development).
As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, PCS places students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education including British values at the heart of all that we do.
We actively promote co-operative values across the entire curriculum.
The document linked below outlines how we promote learners’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development at a whole school level and in specific curriculum areas.
We pride ourselves on working successfully with parents/carers to resolve issues; concerns or complaints about our work should be referred to the school immediately either by letter, telephone or email. The matter should be raised, in the first instance, directly with the member of staff or their Team Manager. If it is serious or requires further attention it should be referred to the Head Teacher who will investigate your complaint. If you feel your concern or complaint has not been dealt with fully you are asked to write to the Chair of Governors, Clerk to Governors, at the school. They will investigate your complaint fully and meet with you to reach a resolution.