We aim to provide students with the understanding needed to be successful members of the global community. To be successful in adulthood, students will have to become confident in being self-governing and independent. The nature of the topics taught will expose students to life skills needed to be safe, proactive and inquisitive about the wider world around them.
Year 7 Curriculum
Students explore a range of topics that help them further understand Citizenship at a local, national and global level. These include exploring the British political system, how voting works in the UK, local and regional governments, democracy and how citizens can impact upon this. Students are also taught how laws are made, examining some key laws which impact upon our lives, the difference between civil and criminal law and examining how citizens can try to impact upon these laws. Students also examine climate change and the differing global levels of development and considering what role we all have to play in this as global citizens. Students learn what it means to be a citizen of Britain such as examining the British culture, the diversity of British society and how this has and is changing over time. Finally, students also study what human rights are, how these were decided, examples of where they are threatened and what we can do to ensure they are upheld.
Year 8 Curriculum
Students explore a range of topics relating to finance, designed to help them to understand responsibility and options for when they leave school. The topics taught include money and finance, household bills, budgeting, debt and borrowing, and banking. All of these areas will enable students to make better informed decisions of their own finances, and have a greater understanding of how to manage their own finances effectively as they grow up.
Year 9 Curriculum
In year 9 students study Citizenship to better understand their own lives, and the choices that they are making. They will be encouraged to consider subjects such as smoking and alcohol, drugs, and sex and relationships. They will also spend time looking at stress and self-esteem, and mental health issues. As well as discussing these issues, and becoming better informed, it will also be an opportunity for students to be given support and advice as appropriate.
Year 10 Curriculum
In year 10, all students continue to study Citizenship to further understand the world around them. They examine rights and responsibilities, considering human rights, legal and political rights. They also consider responsibilities in a local, national and global context. Students then have the opportunity to work collaboratively as active citizens and campaign for an issue where they feel either rights are being affected or that we have a responsibility to take action over.
Through the tutor programme students are given the opportunity to practise active citizenship, becoming part of the school council, participating in our Environmental group and participating in Pledge activities.