PCS Baccalaureate

The PCS Baccalaureate is an academic pathway that enables students to work towards increased participation in higher education and professional work opportunities. Students are supported to engage with a balanced curriculum in an environment that promotes higher level learning and critical thinking.

Mission statement:

To ensure able students make outstanding progress. These students should strive for academic excellence within a curriculum with appropriate challenge. They need to understand their potential from early in their school career and fulfil it within a caring and challenging environment. This will enable these students to have access to top providers in further and higher education, resulting in an increased range and quality of job opportunities. The overarching aim is to create learners who are aspirational role models for others within the school community and future professionals who will contribute to the wider community.


To prevent underachievement and ensure students have access to activities and teaching that challenge them sufficiently.

To provide opportunities for students to work at higher cognitive levels.

To increase the number of students who continue successfully to further education and beyond.

Length of Course:
The PCS Baccalaureate pathway begins in Year 8. It is a one-year pathway in preparation for relevant GCSE courses.

Curriculum Expectations:
This is an aspirational pathway that fully prepares students for a rigorous academic curriculum as they progress to GCSE level. Students will be expected to study French or Spanish at GCSE level in year 9 and beyond, in addition to History or Geography and two GCSE options of their choice.

Baccalaureate students will be grouped together in Year 8 to study English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages. They will also study Classics, including an introduction to Latin.

Extra curriculum provision:
Students will have an opportunity to experience a variety of additional extra-curricular courses, such as Philosophy, Politics and Russian and enriching activities, including a range of creative options. Students will be expected to undertake leadership roles and responsibilities as they progress through school.

The application process:
The Baccalaureate pathway is open to students who have demonstrated that they have the ability to rise to academic challenges during Year 7, complementary to their previous high attainment at primary school. Behaviour and attendance records will play a key role in selection.

PCS Bac coordinator:
The Baccalaureate pathway at PCS is co-ordinated by J Turner, Assistant Head teacher.

Success Criteria and Outcomes:
For successful outcomes, the Baccalaureate pathway requires a genuine partnership between students, staff and parents/carers. Staff, students and parents/carers will work together to support:

• Self-awareness and a sense of control and influence over learning
• Knowledge of what is required to achieve excellence
• Self-confidence and increased motivation
• Good independent study skills
• An awareness of linking learning to the real world
• Learning beyond the syllabus
• Good social skills
• Good speaking, listening and critical thinking skills
• Sophisticated vocabulary and a good command of the English language

If you have any further questions please contact Ms Turner jturner@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

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