We firmly believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and ambitious curriculum. To that end, we are delighted to offer an innovative and knowledge-rich curriculum, which enables any student within Oak Wood School to fulfil their potential and develop the all-important skills and qualities, which will serve them well in later life.
The curriculum reflects the Oak Wood School mission to empower young people to achieve success, which is captured in our ethos statement: ‘We dream, We learn, We grow’. Our curriculum delivers vital subject knowledge and skills, which are complemented by a raft of enrichment activities that broaden and extend the student experience.
The curriculum is designed to give all students the opportunity to develop as enquiring individuals who feel valued and respected, so that they, in turn, learn to value those around them. Equality of opportunity is a key principle in the design of our curriculum model and we fully support the entitlement that students have to study the English Baccalaureate.
On this page you will find our Curriculum Statement of Intent and Principles, and our Curriculum Overview for our current curriculum model.
We operate a 3:2 curriculum model with three years assigned for the delivery of our Year 7, 8 and 9 programmes of study. These programmes of study have been carefully crafted to ensure that they go beyond the requirements set out by the National Curriculum.
At the end of Year 9, students opt for subjects that they will study in Years 10 and 11 and they complete those subjects by the end of Year 11. Our flexible two-year curriculum delivered in Years 10 and 11 allows us to create personalised guided pathways for our students.
In addition to a focus on cross-curricular skills, we use the PSHE curriculum to enhance wider personal development and promote positive attitudes to learning. The PSHE curriculum underpins our school culture and prepares students for life in modern Britain through the teaching of responsibility, respect, tolerance and acceptance in everything we do.
Curriculum Equality and Diversity
At Oak Wood School equality and diversity is promoted through an inclusive curriculum offer. We provide all of our students with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement.
We shall achieve this by:
- The promotion of equality of opportunity
- Challenging discrimination in all areas of the curriculum
- Ensuring that curriculum planning will take account of the needs of all
- Monitoring and evaluating curriculum provision so that it represents a diverse culture and society and encourages tolerance and respect
- Ensuring that the teaching methods used in the delivery of the curriculum will be diverse and appropriate for all needs and learning styles
- Providing resources that reflect and promote equal access for all
- Promoting cultural understanding and awareness through the content and delivery of the curriculum
- Actively closing gaps in attainment and achievement between pupils for all groups of pupils; especially pupils eligible for Pupil Premium, pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and pupils from minority ethnic groups.
Statement of Intent and Principles
The curriculum at Oak Wood School is personalised to meet the needs of all learners. Flexibility in the curriculum allows for adaptations to be made that are responsive to the needs of both individuals and groups of students as they progress through our school.
Our curriculum has been carefully adapted to ensure that we maximise learning opportunities and close knowledge gaps. Programmes of study have in some cases been re-sequenced to ensure that our curriculum coverage has been maintained in these challenging times.
If you would like any additional information about the curriculum offered at Oak Wood School, please contact Mr P Govender (Deputy Headteacher).