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Key Stage 3

Category: Uncategorised Published: Sunday, 26 January 2014

 

There are six classes in Key Stage 3, two Year 7 classes, two Year 8 classes & two Year 9 classes. Most pupils join Key Stage 3 via Year 6 in Key Stage 2 via the September transition & new school year. Some pupils however join Key Stage 3 directly via placement meetings from other schools or institutions. Transition visits are then organized where possible. We endeavor to ensure that before the new pupil starts in September, the pupil will already be familiar with their form tutor, their new form room and some of the other pupils in the year group.

 

KS3 is organized on a six period day. Each lesson is 45 minutes long and is delivered by a subject teacher. Form tutors usually meet their pupils during morning & after lunch registration periods and at the end of the day prior to transport home. Most initial parental contact is with the form tutor.  There is a parents evening each term and in the spring term parents are invited into school for an annual review. Form tutors and teachers are always happy to discuss concerns outside these planned meetings and an appointment can be made to see a subject teacher by phoning the office, contacting the form tutor or writing a note in the home-school diary.

 

All national curriculum subjects are taught. There is swimming every Friday afternoon and in Year 9 students have an opportunity to undertake Vocational Education lessons. We aim to enhance learning, social and independent living skills with trips and outdoor activities. There will usually be a variety of trips throughout the year and during the summer term we have an activity week or short residential trip to a reasonably local facility or location. These trips are built into curriculum planning and provide first hand experiences to support the development of both academic and social skills.  

As pupils move through KS3 we look to improve each individual pupils’ independence, social and academic abilities ready for the smooth transition into KS4 at the end of Year 9.

 

 

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