Penketh High School, Warrington
The best way of judging any school is to visit the school during a working day. Do not hesitate to ask to visit our school. You will always be welcomed and I am confident you will be impressed. Our school has a very warm and caring ethos and an absolute commitment from all staff to provide the very best education for all pupils and students. As a specialist college in visual and media arts, Penketh High will always seek to provide a vibrant and exciting community for young people to learn together and, as a school with high aspirations and expectations, we want our pupils to both enjoy the outstanding opportunities offered and achieve success.
Curriculum Overview : The curriculum is the way in which the school organises teaching and learning so that each pupil reaches the highest level achievement. This covers the first three years, when pupils will follow National Curriculum subjects. In Year 7, students are taught English, Maths, Science and MFL (French or German), in ability sets. History, Geography, RE and Citizenship are taught in ability sets through the Opening Minds Humanities curriculum. Other National Curriculum practical subjects are also delivered to Year 7 including Art, Music, IT, Technology and PE. In Years 8 and 9, pupils will have lessons in English, Maths, Science, Technology, MFL, Geography, History, ICT, Art and Design, Music, Drama and Learning for Life (RE, Citizenship and Health Education). All students at Key Stage 3 receive 2 hours per week of PE with opportunities to extend this time through extra-curricular activities.
In Key Stage 3, all lessons except PE are taught in ability sets, although pupils will be grouped in mixed ability forms. In Year 7, setting will be based on National Curriculum ‘Teacher Assessments’ and test levels from Primary school. There are, of course, opportunities for ‘late developers’ to change sets as their ability develops. In Years 8 and 9, pupils will have the opportunity to study a second Modern Foreign Language. In Years 10 and 11, all students will study English, Maths, Science, PE, ICT and Learning for Life. In addition, students will be able to select from three option lines consisting of a range of additional subjects.
Most subjects are GCSE courses, but we offer some vocational courses. In addition to the knowledge, skills and understanding developed, pupils are encouraged to apply these skills and show their initiative in lessons and in a variety of cross curricular opportunities. We have three pathways for students moving into YR10. We have used our ENSURING PROGRESS ANDSUCCESS (EPS) ethos to name the 3 Pathways. Each band has been identified
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