Statement of Intent

At The Matthew Arnold School we are committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum that enables students to develop essential skills and knowledge and build the foundation for them to make correct decisions about their GCSE courses.

In years 7 and 8 students study topics within the national curriculum  including English, mathematics, science, art, computing, drama, geography, history, modern foreign languages, PE, religious studies and technology.

At the start of year 9, the student curriculum is focused towards the GCSE examinations. All students study a core curriculum of GCSE English language and literature, mathematics, science (double award), religious studies and an option in health (GCSE PE, NCFE hospitality and catering, or BTEC health and social care).

Students then choose a further three GCSEs from art, business studies, computer science, drama, French, geography, history, resistant materials, separate sciences and textiles. There is an expectation that students will select either history or geography as one of these options and within the option system can choose both if desired.

This curriculum offers students the opportunity to be eligible for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), although this is not compulsory, and Progress 8 government performance measures which will be used in all schools.

We encourage students to study a range of subjects which will enable them to access a variety of post-16 education depending on their ambitions.

Alongside these subjects, all students in The Matthew Arnold School study wellbeing as a discrete subject. Not only does this provide students with the opportunity to consider social and moral issues in the world around us but it also provides time for students to reflect on how they can keep themselves healthy and safe in modern society.

Homework is an important part of student learning at The Matthew Arnold School. It allows students to develop understanding outside the classroom and builds resilience. It is also an opportunity for parents to interact with their child’s learning and gain a greater insight into the work completed at school. Homework is set online through a web based program called Show My Homework. Each student and parent is given a personal login which enables the work to be monitored effectively at home and at school.

We are aware that some children find it difficult to focus at home or struggle to access the work. At The Matthew Arnold School, we pride ourselves in providing a supportive homework club every day after school. Here, students have access to IT and the help of knowledgeable adults.

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