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Curriculum

Our Curriculum Intent

The curriculum aims to provide a framework which translates the values of the school into high quality teaching so that all children reach their full potential. This is important for learners of all abilities and social circumstance, including those identified as having special educational needs. This is intended to set out the principles underpinning the curriculum at Fulston and to reflect the our commitment to developing all aspects of the students’ lives.

It is important to recognise that the curriculum is not solely about the timetabled lessons but embraces all that is learned through school, whether it be in lessons, the Personal Development curriculum or part of informal learning within and beyond the school day.

The curriculum intent is to help students to:

  • Develop creative, imaginative, enquiring minds with a willingness to take risks in their learning
  • Acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and the dynamic technological world in which the students live, including IT and Computing Skills
  • Encourage high aspirations and enjoyment of learning
  • Develop high standards of literacy and numeracy to ensure equality of access to the curriculum and successful progression within and beyond education
  • Develop personal and moral values, respect for shared values and for other cultures, religions and ways of life
  • Appreciate human achievements and aspirations
  • Take their place in society as informed, confident and responsible citizens
  • Understand how to keep themselves safe, including on-line

To achieve this, the curriculum will:

  • Fulfil the requirements of the national curriculum
  • Be broad, balanced, relevant, challenging and offer clear progression pathways
  • Promote knowledge and understanding; mastery of intellectual, physical and creative skills; positive values and attitudes
  • Provide equality of access for all students
  • Provide appropriate tasks and teaching techniques to support high expectations and challenge
  • Be subject to annual evaluation and review

Fulston Manor will therefore endeavour to provide:

  • An environment in which young people of all abilities are able to develop the skills and attitudes which will facilitate lifelong learning and sustained personal development whilst preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  • A broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils, enables all pupils to achieve their full educational potential and make progress in their learning, and promotes their good behaviour and safety and their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development

Details of the content of the subjects offered at GCSE can be found via the links on the left of this page.

For more information regarding our SEND Provision please click here.

To find out more about the school curriculum and how it is followed please contact either Mrs M Gash or Mr G Vigeon via the main school number that can be found here.

Key Stage 3

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 builds upon the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2.  Students study a broad range of subjects to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in the next phase of their life.

Students study:

Art, Citizenship, Design Technology, Drama, English, Food Technology, French, Geography, History, Information Technology (Computing Science), Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science and Textiles.

Key Stage 3 is taught in Years 7-9. Core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) may begin the GCSE program of study earlier, in Year 9.

Key Stage 4

Fulston Manor encourages students to follow a broad and balanced programme of study which fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum. We offer a rigorous curriculum which includes Core Subjects, Baccalaureate Subjects and a broad range of other academic and creative subjects.

  • Compulsory subjects – Mathematics, English Literature and English Language, Science* 

*It should be noted that it is compulsory for students to study either Combined Science (to achieve 2 GCSEs) or Biology, Chemistry and Physics (to achieve 3 GCSEs).

  • Baccalaureate Subjects – Combined Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Geography, History and French
  • Optional subjects – a wide range of subjects are offered which vary from year to year in response to the needs and interests of the students. Currently, these include: Art and Design, Business Studies, Computer Science, Citizenship, Creative iMedia, Dance, Design Technology, Drama, Economics, Food Preparation and Nutrition, French, Geography, Health and Social Care, History, Music, Photography, Religious Education, Sport, Textiles, Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
  • All students in Key Stage 4 have Independent Study Periods incorporated into their timetable. These are supervised by staff who will support the students in developing effective study skills in preparation for their GCSEs.
  • Games is compulsory for all students

Key Stage 5

We work in partnership with Borden and Highsted Grammar schools in providing a common blocked timetable which increases the range of Level 3 subjects available to all students from the three schools.  

The school only offers a Level 3 programme (A Level and equivalent), though retakes in GCSE English Language and Mathematics are available for Sixth Form students where required.

The current Level 3 offer from Fulston Manor includes- Art and Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature, Extended Project Qualification, Film Studies, Financial Studies, Geography, Health and Social Care (single and double award), History, Information Technology, Law, Mathematics, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Physical Education, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Textiles and Three-Dimensional Design.

In addition to these subjects we are also able to offer access to all the subjects available at both Borden Grammar School and Highsted Grammar School

For more information go to our sixth form page.