Organisation of teaching groups and curriculum for Key Stage 3 students

Each Year 7 tutor group is arranged so that it contains a full range of abilities. There are four tutor groups in each year of approximately 30 students, and students usually stay in the same tutor group until they leave school. In Art, Music, Drama, Geography, History and Science, students are taught in their tutor group during Years 7, 8 and 9. In Computing and Design & Technology, students are taught in smaller mixed groups, and are taught in single sex groups in Physical Education. In English, Maths, French and German, students are streamed by ability. Within all-ability groups we take great care to ensure that all students are given work at an appropriate level.

Organisation of teaching groups and curriculum for key stage 4 students

In Years 10 and 11 the organisation of teaching groups depends on the subject chosen. Students are placed in ability ‘sets’ in English and Mathematics.

Lesson Allocation across KS3 & KS4

The school has a two-week 50 period timetable.

Teaching periods per fortnight by year for each subject

Year 7 English Maths Science DT Art Drama Music Hist Geog SMSC COMP MFL PE Total
Periods 7 7 6 5 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 6 3 50
Year 8 English Maths Science DT Art Drama Music Hist Geog SMSC COMP MFL PE Total
Periods 7 7 6 5 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 6 3 50
Year 9 English Maths Science DT Art Drama Music Hist Geog SMSC COMP MFL PE Total
Periods 7 7 7 5 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 5 3 50
Year 10 English Maths Science Science Opt 1 Opt 2 Opt 3 Opt 4 PE SMSC Total
Periods 7 8 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 2 50
Year 11 English Maths Science Science Opt 1 Opt 2 Opt 3 Opt 4 PE SMSC Total
Periods 8 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 2 50

  • In Y10 and Y11, ‘Options’ are currently offered in the following subject areas: Art & Design, Drama, Music, Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Geography, History, French, German, Separate Sciences, Computer Science, PE, Business, Health & Social Care, and Construction.
  • Students will select four options from the subjects outlined above and study each of these for 5 periods over the two-week timetable.

Statistics and Further Maths GCSE courses are offered to students as an after-school session.

Further information about the Key Stage 4 Curriculum may be found here.

Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural education and collective worship

SMSC is compulsory in all State schools. At JFCS, SMSC is taught as part of the Humanities Curriculum. In whichever way it is presented, Religious Education taught as part of SMSC is non-denominational in approach, conforms to the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus and never attempts to convert students to any particular faith. The school fully respects that some parents and students may have their own particular convictions and if these are incompatible with the content of either religious education lessons, or collective worship, then arrangements can be made to withdraw your child from these. Please contact the Headteacher, in writing, if you need to make this request.

Sex education

In SMSC and Science, all Year 7 students study basic sexual anatomy and changes at puberty. As students progress through the school they will learn about the wider aspects of "sex education" i.e. understanding feelings, emotional relationships growing out of sexual attraction, responsibilities of adulthood, parenting and family life, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. These areas are covered in SMSC lessons as part of a planned programme and some aspects may also be discussed as students follow courses in Religious Education, English and Science. The Governing Body has a policy statement on sex education which follows the guidelines laid down by the Derbyshire Education Authority. A copy of this statement is available to parents on request. Revised statutory requirements for the provision of sex education in schools were introduced by the Department for Education in section 241 of the Education Act 1993. These regulations recognise parents’ rights to withdraw their children from this part of the curriculum should they wish to do so.

Supporting the curriculum

Homework is set regularly by subject staff to extend, deepen and enrich the learning which takes place in the classroom. All students are provided with a Homework Timetable and a Student Planner in which they are required to record homework set. Homework is not something which is separate from what students complete during school, it might involve private reading, making notes, completing classwork, learning for a test, doing set exercises, carrying out surveys and so on. Additional information and our homework policy are available through the school's website. The role of parents in supporting additional learning is very important to us, and if you are at all concerned about your child's homework please contact us.

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The prospectus provides much of the above information in Section A. Relevant information regarding student support, pastoral care, and inclusion support are applicable in sections B1, B2, C and D of the Prospectus.

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