Given the national educational reforms, the curriculum offer for students at West Exe School has also changed, as we endeavour to create a curriculum, which is balanced and broadly based, and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.
At West Exe School from 2016, Years 7 & 8 are now completing Key Stage 3 in two years.
Current Year 10 and Year 11 students are completing a two year Key Stage 4, as has been the case with previous year groups.
Current Year 9 students and future students will complete a three year Key Stage 4 programme.
This includes all the timetabled lessons together with various extra-curricular activities that are organised to enrich every one of our student’s experience. It also includes our character agenda/ hidden curriculum: what the children learn from the way that they are treated and expected to behave. We support our students irrespective of gender, ethnicity, belief, levels of ability or disability and social, cultural or economic background in order that they are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Key Stage 3
WES operates a two week timetable, with lessons split into five one hour sessions per day.
The school delivers the National Curriculum programmes of study in: English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Design & Technology, ICT, History, Geography, Culture and Ethics, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Music, Drama and Physical Education. Additionally a robust PSHE programme is taught through discreet tutorial time on a daily basis, and delivered by tutors.
Key Stage 4
In years 9, 10 and 11 all students must study English, Maths, Science, Core PE, Citizenship and PSHE (through assemblies, daily afternoon tutorial). Students will also study four additional option subjects chosen from a wide range of GCSEs, BTECs , Level One and Foundation level courses. These students will receive the best information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) to ensure that they are on suitably challenging and appropriate courses. Senior leadership team will advise and discuss these individualised portfolios with students and wherever possible parents/carers.
We believe that homework makes an invaluable contribution to students’ progress, and so we support them to find good independent learning habits either at home, or in the school library with its extensive IT facilities. Show My Homework in our online homework provision and can be accessed via the school website.
Students have told us that they prefer variety in the tasks set and to have choice. Therefore tasks and projects range from interviews, experiments, research and essay writing. Every student has a personal homework organiser and guidelines on the length of appropriate study.