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Departments and Subjects

Our teaching philosophy:

  • There is no one way to teach good and outstanding lessons, as long as students are engaged, challenged and know how to improve.
  • Good teachers live our character values in the classroom, put students first and are passionate about their subject and that every student in the class succeeds.
  • Happy children learn best.
  • Staff are teachers of children rather than subjects.
  • All teaching should develop in students the requisite knowledge, skills, attributes and behaviours for them to achieve well across any discipline
  • There are no shortcuts and hard work is the key ingredient in success

We are proud of our long association with the Prince's Teaching Institute, an organisation dedicated to promoting coherence and challenge within the curriculum; extending and enthusing students through subject based activities that are beyond the curriculum; supporting teachers to develop, explore and share their own specialist subject knowledge; and forging subject-based links between schools.

Prince's Teaching Institute

English, mathematics, science, history, geography, music, art and MFL are all members of the Prince's Teaching Institute,  a subject-based peer network for subject leaders keen to engage their love of teaching, develop a strong department and improve results. Detailed below are each subject's current focus:

  • History - 'Promote the centenary of Passchendaele within a new SoW and establish links with the local community to strengthen this.'
  • English - 'Promote the pedagogy of Harkness within the English department and the wider school in order to encourage Key Stage 5 students to be more proactive in their approach to learning.'
  • Maths - “Promoting the use of tablets and ICT to maximise student progress and attainment in Maths”
  • Science - 'Introduction of required practical activities into Key Stage 3 Science to develop students' investigative skills and to help prepare students for required practical assessment in their GCSE examinations'.
  • Geography - 'Integrate statistical methods of investigation into Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.'
  • Music - ‘Investigating how improving practice facilities, opportunities and education can create better musicians.’
  • Art - 'Experiment with Key Stage 3 SOW to create more independent responses and exciting outcomes.'