The Curriculum at Cottesmore encompasses a variety of elements, ensuring the experience for pupils is both broad and balanced. The Curriculum is viewed as having a great deal of ‘value-added’ quality and reflects the Mission Statement and Aims of the School.
The ‘Areas of Experience’ referred to in Regulation 1.(2)(a) of the ISI inspection process are covered in the normal running of the Curriculum.
The Curriculum has a blend of academic pursuit, artistic and creative endeavour, sporting activities, and personal and social education.
The academic curriculum covers aspects of mathematical, linguistic, scientific, technological, human and social, and aesthetic and creative ‘areas of experience’. The sporting curriculum supports the physical area. The activities and hobbies programme provides further access to a number of areas. The life of the Chapel and PSCHE programme provide support for human and social areas. No single part of the curriculum will necessarily cover any one particular area, or in fact only one area. The broad nature of the curriculum contains a number of cross-curricular and cross-‘areas of experience’ links.
The Academic Curriculum covers the following subjects:
- Music and Rhythm
- PE and Swimming
- French (Year 1,2,and 3)
The Academic Curriculum is timetabled as shown on the School Timetable. It covers the following subjects:
- Modern Languages - French
- Latin (not in Form 1)
- Religious Studies
- Design Technology
In addition, in certain year groups Chess, Typing, Gym and Drama are studied.
The timetable is viewed as ‘balanced’, with one major aim being the final academic goals of Common Entrance and Public School Scholarship. Greater emphasis is given to the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science and French. Latin, History, Geography and Religious Studies receive a lesser allocation. The other subjects receive an allocation thought to be appropriate. Opportunities exist in the academic curriculum to develop strength in a wide variety of the ‘areas of experience’, e.g. aesthetic and creative. ICT is integrated into other subjects as is evidenced by the ICT Suite being booked for specific subject lessons for a high percentage of the time available. One example is the use by the Geography Department in preparing the projects sent to senior schools as part of CE. Aspects such as word processing, spreadsheets and internet resources are incorporated into projects. Along side the academic curriculum the SEN Department works to provide support for pupils who have such needs. Classroom support is provided in some Mathematics and English classes and a number of pupils have extra ‘coaching’ lessons to aid their progress. Support is given also to EAL pupils both within lessons and in extra coaching sessions.
The subjects are taught mostly in dedicated rooms/areas and in the main by specialist staff. The allocation of staff in some cases is governed by the needs of the curriculum and the staffing available. The current year’s staffing allocation can be seen on the Timetable Allocation document.