Curriculum Overview


Curriculum Overview

At Dyson Perrins, we provide a curriculum that embodies and promotes our school motto - ‘To Love to Learn’, and one which encourages our pupils to be resilient and successful life-long learners.

Our curriculum is highly inclusive and personalised. We constantly review the various needs of our pupils and tailor our provision accordingly to give them every chance of achieving.

The curriculum at Dyson Perrins gives every child fair access to a broad range of subjects taught by teachers who are committed to deepening knowledge and understanding. During their learning experience at Dyson Perrins, pupils will have many opportunities to: develop key skills; work collaboratively and grow into young adults ready for the challenges of further education and employment.

Pupils’ progress is supported by our curriculum at all key stages and assessed at termly intervals in every year group. Pupils in KS3 are carefully prepared to tackle the rigours of linear learning and testing at KS4. The content and sequencing of our KS3 Programmes of study has been designed in such a way to give our pupils a strong foundation for the GCSE and Post-16 courses that they will experience higher up the school. 

As a Church of England Academy, we seek every opportunity through the curriculum to strengthen our pupils’ spiritual growth and extend their knowledge of Christian teachings via the many different subjects they study. Our extensive curriculum enrichment offer complements and supports learning in the classroom, providing much needed context and ‘real life’ examples for our pupils. Fundamentally, we want our pupils to have a sense of pride in their achievements and the belief in themselves that they can go on to flourish and succeed in their chosen pathway.

Key Stage 5

A Level Courses
We offer a wide range of A Level qualifications which are based on two years of study. We recommend students study between 3 and 4 A Level subjects. All A level qualifications are based on a linear exam at the end of two years. We also encourage students to take an Extended project qualification, which is an independent qualification students can complete based on their own areas of interest.

BTEC Courses
Students undertake a number of units for which they present evidence, based on real-life work and studies. This allows them to demonstrate their skill and knowledge in practical situations.

With a BTEC, progress is measured throughout the course, allowing students to gauge their own performance on a continuing basis. Students have to meet deadlines set by teachers. Progress is monitored individually by teachers who provide personal support and guidance, helping students develop their learning skills and reach their potential. Learning is progressive, from small-scale and simple topics to larger and more complex themes. Rules only allow for one formal set of feedback. One unit will be externally examined.

Each BTEC unit is graded individually with students being able to attain a Distinction, Merit or Pass overall. We are introducing new Level 2 Technical Awards, these are designed to prepare students for employment. They are the same level qualification as a GCSE and are focused on skills and knowledge to prepare learners for the work place.

More information about our curriculum and individual courses can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus.

Key Stage 4

During Year 9 we help all students at Dyson Perrins to choose their GCSE options. They are supported through this process via: Subject Leaders’ Options Presentations; Careers Fair; Options Assembly & booklet and an Options Evening. Individual Year 9 students are also entitled to one-on-one options conversations with Senior Leaders. 

All students will select at least one Ebacc subject and enjoy freedom of choice for the remaining 3 option choices. The curriculum is then designed to ensure that the maximum number of students gain their ‘first choices’.  Subjects are examined by either GCSE or accredited vocational courses such as Btec. While having a very close ear to the educational ground, we remain convinced that these qualifications continue to be held in the highest regard by universities and employers. We do, however, constantly review what we offer, so that the students have an education that is fit for the modern world.

The 'Head of Year' for each of the KS4 years leads a team of 'Form Tutors' who provide the cornerstone of our pastoral care system and see their tutees twice a day. Some of the PSHE programme is delivered by the Form Tutors who cover topics as diverse as: e-safety; sex education, careers education, decision making, revision techniques/study skills and how to cope with examination stress.  As they progress through KS4, students’ learning and progress is supported by an established and comprehensive intervention programme.

Year 11 Period 6
In lessons staff will be using the time to prepare the students for the exams and we will expect them to undertake a thorough revision programme at home.  To help support them in this staff will be putting on extra intervention sessions after school, this is known as period 6. Can you please encourage your son/daughter to attend as many sessions as possible as in the past this has proven to be a valuable method of raising achievement.

Period 6 will take place for an hour after school every day of the week and will focus upon revision, exam technique and improving coursework marks.In addition to this students may receive additional support during form time, weekends and during the holidays. It’s important that students do not see this as a punishment but as a way to ensure they fulfil their potential. If your child is needed to attend any of these sessions you will be notified by the relevant head of department.

Student Revision
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Key Stage 3

All students will follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3. In addition to the core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Physical Education and Religious Education, students will study Geography, History, at least one Modern Foreign Language, Art, Music and Design & Technology. Students will also experience the teaching of Drama through some of their English Lessons. In some curriculum areas students will also have the opportunity to start a GCSE or equivalent course in Year 9.

Students also develop their knowledge and skills of Personal, Social and Health Education through their RE lessons, scheduled tutor time activities and Curriculum collapse days on specific topics/areas. 

We believe that through the curriculum and supporting enrichment activities on offer, that KS3 students at Dyson Perrins are being well prepared for a life in Modern Britain. 







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