The Thomas Hardye School
"Knowledge and Truth"

Curriculum Overview

The Thomas Hardye School offers a distinctive curriculum, that allows all our students to find the areas that they can excel in, and offers a broad and balanced experience that will enable them to go on and achieve their future ambitions.

The curriculum is designed to be accessible to all our students. All of our students are able to study the combination of subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate if they wish, but also have options in other areas such as design and technology and the performing arts.

Most of our students stay on into the sixth form but we also work closely with other local further education providers to ensure that our students have the skills they need to access their courses.

Year 9

When students start the school in year 9 they will study across a broad range of subjects. They will have subject specialist teachers and be working in dedicated rooms.

Students will study English, mathematics, science, theology, geography, history, art, music, drama, dance, ICT and computing. They will also study either French of Spanish, with some students having the opportunity to study both. In year 9 they will also have lessons in PE and PSHCE.

Pupils are set in mathematics, science and languages, but we have found that in other subjects they make the best progress in mixed ability classes.

Students choose their options at Easter of year 9.

Key Stage 4

At key stage 4 our students continue to study a broad and balanced curriculum.

All our students study English language and literature, and mathematics. They will also study biology, physics and chemistry with some students working towards a qualification worth two GCSEs, although as many as possible are working towards a full GCSE in each science.

All of our students are also working on the full GCSE course in theology and ethics as we believe that in our increasingly globalised world it is important for our students to understand how other people think and how other faiths work.

We offer a range of option subjects which consist of art, business studies, computing, dance, drama, electronics, food, geography, graphics, health and social care, ICT, music, PE, resistant materials, and textiles.

The options system gives a high profile to design and technology which has been a particularly successful part of the school. This subject offers a combination of rigour and creativity that has helped many students in the next phase of their education, as well as developing a set of very useful skills.

In addition to their option subjects, students have two PE lessons a week, and the key stage 4 PSHCE programme is delivered through specialist speakers and dedicated day when students come off their normal timetable.

Key Stage 5

Our sixth form offers a wide range of successful A level courses across English, mathematics, science, humanities, social sciences, languages, performing arts, art, design and technology, and PE.

In recent years we have also introduced a number of vocational level 3 qualifications. These offer an alternative to the traditional A level and have a greater focus on coursework produced throughout the course.

The full details of the courses we offer can be found here

Those students who enter the sixth form without at least a grade 4 in English or mathematics will have dedicated lessons in these subjects to bring them up to this standard.

Each year around 100 students take the EPQ qualification. This allows them to generate a substantial piece of independent work, and is an excellent preparation for the demands of university.

To support the academic curriculum there is other time given to allowing the students to develop useful skills and realise their full potential. This includes guided learning sessions in the first term and the futures programme that works across the two years. This helps the students to look beyond the sixth form and supports them as they apply to university or apprenticeships, or look to enter the world of work.

We also have dedicated support for students that are applying for university courses that have an early deadline such as medicine, veterinary and Oxbridge.

Enrichment

There is an outstanding range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer to our students.

This includes clubs linked to academic subjects, teams that can be joined for various sports, and a myriad of opportunities in the performing arts. We also have a well established CCF, a sixth form student union, and a strong student voice.

At the Thomas Hardye School students are given the chance to experience a curriculum that has been based on a tradition of success, whilst responding to the demands of a rapidly changing world. Our students are able to find where they can truly excel, and are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as they look to the future.