The curriculum at PCS is broad and balanced, designed to address the needs of our students and community, based upon values that are inclusive and in line with our Cooperative Trust partners. We have a flexible curriculum adapting to the changing needs of educational developments whilst fully embracing the National Curriculum. The curriculum model is reviewed annually to ensure the needs of students are addressed. PCS is a comprehensive school and is committed to offer opportunities for all students. We aim for students to be fully prepared for life beyond PCS.
The key stage 3 curriculum is based over years 7 and 8. We have a focus on English and Maths to enhance students learning in these key areas. Students also follow courses in Art, Citizenship, Drama, Design Technology, Food Technology, Geography, History, ICT (including computing), a Modern Foreign Language (either French or Spanish), Music, PSHE, Religious Education, Science.
At Key Stage 4 (years 9, 10 and 11) we ensure that students keep studying the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. Within Science there is an option to choose either a Double Science or Triple Science award at the end of year 9. Students also have an option of choosing a Modern Foreign language, or Geography or History. Students then tailor their learning from a further flexible choice of 3 option subjects. The majority of courses we offer are GCSE’s, however, we aim to meet the needs of a range of learners and offer other qualifications, such as BTEC or Functional Skills. We highly value the importance of PSHE and ensure that all students have access to this course across Key stage 3 and Key Stage 4. We aim to promote healthy lifestyles and all students choose one of four routes through KS4 core PE lessons.
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.