Teaching and Learning at CCHSG

At CCHS we believe in dynamic learning which inspires students to become independent, resilient and successful learners. We are committed to empowering the learners in our classroom and always endeavour to deliver outstanding, exciting, varied and emotionally intelligent lessons. Plato told us two thousand years ago: “All learning has an emotional base”. Through well planned and delivered lessons we venture to create happy and effective young women who can motivate themselves and who aspire to be all that they can be.

In anticipation of our students’ current and future needs, our learning environment is constantly growing and adapting, embracing new technology and endeavouring to offer the best possible educational opportunities for our girls. We are particularly proud of the ‘iLab’ (innovation laboratory) which is one of the few in existence in the UK outside a University. CCHS is committed to developing students Thinking and Cognitive Reasoning skills across all curriculum areas and with this in mind various teaching programmes have been integrated across the school. Critical Thinking has become firmly embedded into the curriculum and is now taught across all year groups to students in years 7–13. In addition to this both staff and students have been introduced to a range of Thinking Skills, which aim to stretch, challenge and develop students’ thinking processes and give them further tools to develop their learning.

The Curriculum

The School’s Curriculum is designed to:

• be balanced, broadly based, relevant and differentiated to match student needs, aptitudes and abilities;

• promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of each student;

• prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

It is based on the National Curriculum and is enhanced through many other areas of study to which all students have an entitlement. As changes to the National Curriculum occur, and other educational initiatives come into force, the school will incorporate them into its curriculum.

The school is committed to the principle and practice of equal opportunities in the curriculum, and endeavours to ensure that every activity in the school is available to every student irrespective of ethnic origin, race, nationality, religion, physical disability, social class or economic background.

Student progress is assessed regularly and the results recorded and reported to parents.

Years 7 to 9 (Key Stage 3)

Students study the following subjects: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Creative and Critical Thinking, Design and Technology (through S.T.E.M. Days), Drama (Year 7), English, French, Geography, German, Healthy Living, History, Information Technology, Latin (Year 8 and 9), Mathematics and Statistics, Music, Personal Social Health and Economic Education (including Careers Education), Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education and Spanish. ICT KS3 strategy is followed in Year 7. In Years 8 and 9 students study for the Cambridge Nationals Certificate ICT (level2). In Year 8 GCSE Religious Studies is started. Some students in Year 9 study the AQA level 2 Extended Project Qualification.

Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)

Students follow a curriculum containing compulsory and optional elements.

Compulsory:

GCSE courses:

English Language, English Literature, a Humanities subject (History or Geography), Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish), Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Statistics. Religious Studies (completed by the end of Year 10).

AS course: Critical Thinking

Optional:

GCSE courses:

Art, Latin, Music, Drama, Physical Education and Psychology. Key Stage 4 Non-examination courses: PSHE Education (including Careers Education) is delivered during a weekly tutor lesson. Health-Related Fitness and Physical Education are taken by students in core Physical Education. Religious Education, Citizenship and ICT are delivered as cross-curricular elements.=

Years 12 and 13 (Sixth Form)

All students study General Studies AS in Year 12 and follow a non-examination PSHE course, including Careers. Critical Thinking can be studied in Year 12 as an AS or A2. Some students will complete an

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) administered by the AQA Examination Board. GCE AS and A2 level subjects available: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, German, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish and Physical Ed