The Golden Thread
Teaching and Learning at Archbishop’s is the ‘golden thread’ that underpins all of the work we do. Our high standards and the commitment of colleagues to providing the very best lessons to the young people in our care is the key reason for our academic success. High-quality teaching and learning underpin all we do as a school, consequently lesson time is ‘golden time’ and the consistently outstanding quality of our teaching is frequently commended by external visitors. Delivering outstanding lessons is the priority and responsibility of all teaching colleagues, with the AHS Learning Plan and TEEP cycle providing the framework for consistent excellence in the classroom, underpinned by the latest research into pedagogy and disciplinary subject knowledge.
All students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of a broad and rich curriculum. Students joining Year 7 start their academic journey through studying 14 different subjects which starts to cover aspects of the National Curriculum.
All students continue their broad and rich curriculum through deepening their understanding of the 14 subjects studied. Students will build on and develop the key skills within each subject area as sequenced by subject leaders. Within this year students will cover all aspects of the National Curriculum.
Personal development is rooted within this year. The final year of Key Stage 3 also facilitates the development and mastery of key skills that underpin higher order concepts within future KS4 teaching alongside character development, curriculum enrichment and opportunity to address cultural gaps due to social disadvantage. Students will study x12 subjects within this academic year with student having opportunity to study new subjects available to them. Students continue their engagement with creative practical subjects through the completion of the Arts Award. Students will also complete pathway choices for Key Stage 4 during this year.
The KS4 journey begins for students as formal GCSE teaching starts and study skills are fostered through a robust programme of study. All students will study a minimum of x9 full GCSE qualifications, with the more able studying more. Curricular is planned with the intention of developing robust disciplinary knowledge and facilitating an appreciation of the demands and rewards of academic rigour.
The KS4 journey continues for students as they continue their GCSE studies in the lead up to the summer GCSE examination period. A full study skills programme is delivered to students to ensure that they are fully prepared and successful in their examinations. Pastoral and academic intervention is offered to ensure that students are successful in securing their intended progression routes.
Weekly curriculum time allocations
|Subject||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
|Design and Technology||1||1||–||–||–|
Expectations for each lesson
All students are expected in every lesson to:
- Enter a room in silence and start the bell work
- Show respect to others by only speaking when invited to by the teacher
- Complete all homework and seek help when needed
- Complete all work to the best of their ability
All students are expected to be prepared for their learning by ensuring they have the correct equipment, this includes:
- The correct books each day (pack your bag the night before)
- 2 pens and a pencil
- A ruler
- A reading book
- A scientific calculator.