Curriculum

The curriculum at Shapwick offers opportunities for discovery, exploration, learning and self belief.

Our students are encouraged to recognise and make the most of their strengths. We aim to prepare them to meet the challenges of the wider world as balanced, confident and independent young people.

Learning achieved through formal lessons is enhanced by learning outside of the classroom, whether that be from a visitor coming into the school with specific expertise, or a visit out to a museum, theatre, farm, woodland, town or even abroad.

The last week of the school year involves 4 curriculum days: Humanities, STEM, Arts, Sport.

Above all, our academic curriculum offer remains dynamic and responsive to individual needs of our students. It interlocks with our pastoral and enrichment provision in keeping with our holistic ethos.

Years 4 - 8

As well as Maths, English and Literacy students study:

  • Art & Design
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Music
  • PE & Games
  • PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science

All studies are based on the National Curriculum, adapted where necessary to meet each individual's requirements and sympathetic to the challenges presented by dyslexia.

The children have homework sessions two days a week after formal lessons finish. This is completed at school with teacher support between 4.00 pm and 5.00 pm before day pupils leave and boarders eat Tea.

Years 9 - 11

Students study a broad and balanced national curriculum during Year 9 as above, adapted where necessary to meet individual learners’ needs. 

The programme ensures students experience all specialist subjects before selecting those to study at GCSE level. 

Some such as Photography, Film Studies, Engineering and Product Design are offered as tasters during the Spring Term of Yr 9 so that students can experience what that subject entails. 

The choice of subjects is made after 2 weeks of taster sessions, an Options Afternoon and ongoing consultation between parents, teachers and students. Most take seven or eight subjects, including English, Maths and Science. There is some flexibility with this if extra therapy or 1:1 sessions are appropriate. 

Study Skills once a week also features on the Yr 9 and KS4 timetable, which is invaluable for supporting revision, memory techniques and keyword recognition to name a few things embedded through this hour

During Yr 9, students are assessed for their exam access entitlement, which enables students to compete fairly with non dyslexic peers, such as being given extra time, reader or scribe for exams. Students then have regular practice and training sessions to ensure they are as comfortable as possible using their entitlement

Celebrating success and achievement is a key part of life at Shapwick. We enjoy excellent GCSE exam results and students finish Year 11 or 6th Form, with results beyond anything they could have possibly dreamed of just a few years earlier.