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“Our vision is nothing less than realising the full potential of every single student at Murray Park.” “At Murray Park we will enrich the lives of our students through a focus on learning and a diverse curriculum delivered by inspirational staff. We aim to be an outstanding school, fulfilling the aspirations of the local community.”

Teaching is typically ‘good’ and in some places ‘outstanding’ - OFSTED 2014

Curriculum

 Murray Park School follows the DfE guidelines in providing a curriculum which broad and balanced and follows the National Curriculum guidance. In our curriculum we: 

  • Make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).
  • Allow for students to study 12 Subjects - ‘core’ and other ‘foundation’ subjects.

Curriculum Subjects Year 7-11

Core Subjects

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

English

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Mathematics

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Science

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Foundation Subjects

Compulsory Subjects

Art and Design

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Citizenship

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Computing

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Design and Technology

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Languages

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Geography

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History

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Music

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Physical Education

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Religious Education

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Sex & Relationship Ed

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KS3: Year 7&8

The Curriculum Comprises:

  • Core Subjects - English, Maths, and Science
  • Foundations Subjects - Physical Education, Computing, French, Geography, History, Religious Studies and Citizenship, Art and Design (Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Art), Drama, and Music

A small group of students will follow a differentiated curriculum to support their needs which will deliver an English, Maths, Science and New Horizons curriculum whilst providing literacy and numeracy support, enabling students to ‘catch-up’ with the attainment of their peers. All other subjects for this small group will be as part of the mixed ability groups.  

From entry to the school and throughout a student’s career, one to one and small group interventions will be provided for students with additional literacy or numeracy difficulties. Enrichment tasks and opportunities both within and beyond the curriculum will ensure stretch and challenge for the highly able students.

KS3: Year 9

The Curriculum Comprises:

The curriculum is broadly balanced as in years 7 and 8 but allows students a limited flexibility to specialise in Art and Design – focusing on only two subjects.

  • Core Subjects - English, Maths, and Science
  • Foundations Subjects - Physical Education, Computing, French, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Citizenship, Drama and Music, Art and Design any two from (Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, and Art)

KS4: Year 10 & 11

Our policy allows students to receive their ’Statutory entitlement to be able to study a subject in each of the 4 areas’.

  • The Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • Humanities
  • Modern Foreign Language

We have designed our curriculum so that the courses are taken over a two year period and to provide access to a minimum of one course in each of the 4 entitlement areas and an opportunity for pupils to take a course in all 4 areas.

Core Subjects (Studied by all Students)

  • English Language and English Literature
  • Maths
  • Science
  • PE
  • Computing
  • SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural – PSHE, Citizenship, Religious Studies, Financial Capability)

Optional Subjects

Students will select 4 option subjects. They will be expected to opt for at least one from the following subjects:

  • Humanities subjects
  • Triple Science
  • A Modern Foreign Language, or
  • Computer Science

They can choose any three others from the following list:

  • Art, Beauty, Business Studies, Citizenship, Construction, Drama, French, Food, Geography, Graphics, Health & Social Care, History, ICT, Music, PE, Philosophy and Ethics, Photography, Sport, Resistant Materials, Textiles

After the first option process we look individually at student’s choices to ensure they are matched to the right subject, we also offer them an alternative pathway if we think they will not cope with their GCSE choices.

To find out more about the curriculum school is following, please see Subject Areas for more information or contact school 01332 515921, and request to speak to Mrs Bowler, Deputy Head - Curriculum.