Teaching & learning
Kingsbury has a strong academic emphasis and public examination results both at Key Stage 3 and GCSE are consistently good. There is real achievement in a wide range of activities.
Our lessons are characterised by a range of teaching and learning strategies,delivered by qualified subject experts. Increasingly learning takes place using digital resources, helping to maintain interest and enthusiasm.
A wide range of extra curricular activities are on offer for pupils during and after school as we believe a good education involves young people building life experiences.
Year 7, 8 & 9
We aim to offer a broad curriculum which provides opportunities for all pupils to
Currently in Year 7 all students will take the same general course which consists of:
English/Mathematics/French/Music/Science/Religious Education / Physical Education / Drama /Art/Personal, Social and Health Education & Citizenship/ Geography/History/ Information Communication Technology/Design & Technology: Food & Textiles / Design & Technology: Resistant Materials/Learning to Learn.
In Year 8 students continue with the same courses.
Teaching groups are usually arranged to suit particular abilities. In Years 7 & 8 students will be taught mainly in mixed ability groups. In core subjects, some setting takes place. All groups are mixed ability for the first half term of Year 7.
We are committed to reviewing our curriculum structure yearly to ensure that not only do students study those courses above but do so in an active and engaging manner. As a result, at present some Year 9 pupils are taking GCSEs earlier than Years 10 and 11.
Years 10 and 11
In the Spring Term of Year 9, students choose their preferences for Upper School courses. Their choice is based on:
- KS4, National Curriculum requirements
- their interests and views
- their talents
- their career interests
- their parents' views
- advice and guidance from the school
staffing expertise and resource availability
Common Core * denotes GCSE Courses.
All students must study the following:
- English and English Literature*
- Physical Education*
- Religious Education*
- Personal, Social and Health Education and
- Citizenship (including Careers)
Information Communication Technology*
A further choice of subjects is offered at GCSE, BTEC and entry level. Currently students choose from:
Art, Astronomy, Drama, BTEC PE, Geography, Health and Social Care, History,Information Communication Technology, French, BTEC Music, Media, Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Textiles,Triple Science, BTEC in
Motorcycle Engineering, Construction or Health and Beauty at the Torc Centre.