Schools have seen a number of changes in recent years, particularly in relation to the ways in which pupils are assessed and their progress is reported to parents. At The Reach Free School, we have implemented an innovative and comprehensive curriculum which incorporates regular assessment. This informs both pupils and their parents of progress, strengths and areas for development.
In June 2016 we introduced our new Growth and Threshold model of assessment which replaced the way in which pupils were previously given levels, given the government’s decision to remove national curriculum levels. Each year we hold a ‘Parents as Pupils’ event which explains how this process works.
Key Stage Three
A daily diet of English and Mathematics as the first two lessons of the day begins the timetable for pupils in year 7 and form the central part of the day for year 8. This enables us to establish a learning culture which emphasises the need for sound literacy and numeracy as the foundation for success in other subjects and for life beyond school.
Pupils in years 7 and 8 study those subjects outlined below:
- Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
- Humanities (Geography, History, Citizenship and Religious Education)
- Creative Arts
- Physical Education, Sport and Games
To read the term by term topic plans for each subject, please click here. Please note that these are subject to change depending on changes to the National Curriculum and external examination specifications.
In addition to the National Curriculum subjects, a unique aspect of The Reach Free School’s timetable is ‘Community Common Room’. This weekly session allows pupils to take part in activities which will benefit the local community. Pupils work together to reach out to the community by designing campaigns or planning and delivering fundraising events to give back to the local area.
This underpins The Reach Free School’s ethos of teaching children to respect, welcome and contribute to the successes of their local community and indeed national and international society.
Electives run from 3.05pm to 4.05pm on Mondays to Thursdays, allowing pupils to experience and contribute to the school in various contexts such as playing for a sports team, attending Reach Council meetings or by enjoying the various activities on offer such as ‘Glee Club’ or ‘Insanity Workouts’. Read more about Electives here.
Key Stage Four
Beyond year 9 pupils can study both academic and vocational courses in a variety of subjects. Pupils are offered the opportunity to attain GCSE, BTEC and Baccalaureate qualifications. The bast majority of pupils will study:
- A Modern Foreign Language
Based on pupils’ interests and ambitions we provide a wide range of option subjects including Art and Design, Music, Travel and Tourism, Physical Education, Religious Education, Triple Science, History, Geography and Computer Science.