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Eastbury Community School

Curriculum Overview

 ECS Curriculum Statement

July 2019

The curriculum at ECS is exciting and designed to inspire young people to learn and stimulate an interest in wide area of subjects.  Our curriculum reflects our vision; we want everybody to be happy, healthy, safe, well educated (& career ready via university / college / apprenticeship in the digital age) and good citizens. 

Our rich, broad and balanced curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences (in and out of class) that we plan for our pupils from day one in nursery to the last day of year 13. We recognise that statutory requirements form only a small part of the ECS curriculum; and we offer many additional opportunities particularly in sport, pupil leadership, and creative, character & cultural education. 

Developing the holistic child is of upmost importance at ECS and, with this in mind, we offer a curriculum which encompasses academic and creative subjects, British values, PSHE and SMSC education.  

The curriculum is taught and delivered with the consideration of the needs of all learners now and in their later lives. Above all our curriculum will inspire all children to nurture a passion for learning, raise aspirations and prepare them for their next step (college, apprenticeship or university). We recognise that many of the jobs of the future have not been invented yet, and therefore concentrate on ‘learning to learn’, developing creativity, critical thinking, resilience and adaptability.  

ECS is committed to meeting the requirements of the EYFS Statutory framework & National Curriculum; and accelerating the progress and thereby raising the attainment of all pupils.  

Our detailed schemes of learning are carefully sequenced and reflect the content and challenge of the curriculum at each stage, can be found on our website. Teachers receive training in all the key areas of curriculum (change) and pedagogy; and are ready to deliver our outstanding provision in their everyday teaching and co-curricular activities. 

Secondary Curriculum

Secondary Curriculum aims to create:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

Our goal is for all pupils to leave year 11 well prepared for future success in all aspects of their lives.

Our school is committed to developing a learning community which is safe, purposeful, challenging and fosters mutual respect between all members.

High quality teaching enables pupils to enjoy their learning, achieve their potential and develop as individuals. This includes stimulating lessons which:

  • Improve knowledge, skills and understanding;
  • Endeavour to overcome barriers to learning, support our learners and help them to build resilience;
  • Make clear to pupils the next steps to further improvement;
  • And promote behaviour conducive for all to learn.

Opportunities will be provided for all pupils to receive appropriate levels of challenge and support, to broaden their cultural, social, sporting and technological horizons, to develop independence and to be prepared for living and working in a diverse 21st Century society.

At Key Stage Three, students study a broad and balanced range of subjects. These include a core offer of English, maths, science, a modern foreign language, religious education, history and geography, computing and Personal Social Health & Careers Education. In addition to this, students study a range of creative and practical disciplines including art, drama, music, PE and technology. The curriculum gives room for students to experience a range of different learning opportunities including many afterschool activities and educational visits, and a host of visiting professionals and performers to school in order to bring the curriculum to life.

At Key Stage Four, students study core curriculum subjects, and may opt for a range of additional subjects to make up their academic portfolio. The current offer can be viewed in our curriculum options booklet and our website. The options process begins early in year 9 with pastoral and careers support. All subject areas have the opportunity to inform learners about the curriculum, rewards and demands of their GCSE offer. Students and parents attend an information evening prior to the completion of their options form. Alternate pathways are offered where needed to support our SEN/D, deaf (ARP) and EAL learners. Our setting arrangements, with significantly lower than average group sizes for SEN/D and EAL pupils allows them to be taught by subject specialists.

In all years our curriculum is enriched through an assembly and tutorial programme, and with many different additional activities during the day and after school.

Our lessons are one hour long, and we have five lessons a day.  The day starts with a structured 20-minute tutorial or assembly, which complements our teaching of the different subjects. The day ends with an optional 10 minutes for individualised interventions / learning conversation with the tutor or a teacher.

If you would like more information on our broad and balanced secondary curriculum, please contact Kerry Ward by kwa@eastbury.bardaglea.org.uk

Y9 Options Information 


Secondary Curriculum Subjects




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