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 - 6 Key Stage 2

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.

As well as Maths and English students study:

  • Art & Design
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Music
  • PE & Games
  • PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education)
  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • Plus Literacy, Numeracy, Learn2Learn, Outdoor Learning
  • Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy

The pupils 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 7 - 9 Key Stage 3

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.

Students study English and Maths and the following subjects:

  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • RE
  • PSHE
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Art
  • DT
  • PE
  • Games
  • ICT
  • Plus Literacy, Numeracy, Cookery, Learn2Learn, Life Skills (Yr 9)
  • Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy

Our Year 9 students study a broad and balanced national curriculum, as detailed 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

Years 10 and 11 Key Stage 4

Years 10 and 11 study for and take GCSE's in English, Maths and Combined Science

Students also have the option of choosing 3 GCSE's from the following list of subjects:

  • Drama
  • Film Studies
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Citizenship
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Product Design
  • Engineering
  • BTEC Sport
  • RE
  • Life Skills
  • Plus students can also study PSHE, Learn2Learn, Food Tech

We also offer the following alternative:

  • Entry Level Functional Skills
  • BTEC Levels 1,2,3
  • Plus Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy

6th Form Key Stage 5

The following is offered to students at Key Stage 5:

A Levels, BTEC 1,2,3, Functional Skills English and Maths, Foundation Study 

Plus

Tutor Support, English and Maths GCSE, ASDAN Cope

Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy

 

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.

 

Our students move on to University, College, The Forces, Employment, Apprenticeships