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Curriculum

Students at Millgate School have access to a large range of Curriculum Subject areas that will give them the essential academic knowledge and skills for a productive life after school. During their time at Millgate a student will follow a personalised educational experience that aims to meet both their academic needs but also equip them with the vital interpersonal, communication and social skills that are essential for employability. This is achieved through:

  • Targeted deployment of fully qualified, highly skilled and motivated teaching and support staff.
  • Strategic interventions designed to stretch every individual so that they can meet their full potential.
  • Favourable staff to student ratios that enable the individual needs of students to be met.
  • Excellent new facilities that enable the highest quality learning to take place.

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Throughout KS3 students will follow the National Curriculum and will be taught in the following subject areas:

Core areas:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science

 

Foundation Subjects:

  • Computing
  • Geography
  • History
  • Personal Social Health Education – Citizenship
  • Physical Education
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Design and Technology (Textiles, Resistant Materials and Food)
  • Art and Design
  • Emotional Literacy

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

Once a student reaches the end of Year 9 they will follow a programme of Core Subjects and Options Subjects. Offering this element of choice enables our students to design their curriculum around their own strengths and interests as well as providing them with the Key qualifications they will need for Further Education or employment. The students will choose 3 from the suite of 9 options subjects. Students in KS4 will also be given the opportunity to achieve Level 1 or 2 vocational qualifications through our strong links to Leicester’s Further Education Colleges.

Core Subjects

  • English Language (AQA GCSE)
  • English Literature (AQA GCSE)
  • Mathematics (AQA GCSE)
  • Science (OCR GCSE)
  • Information and Communication Technology (ECDL)
  • Physical Education
  • Personal Social Health Education – Citizenship

Options Subjects

  • Design and Technology – Art Textiles (AQA GCSE)
  • Design and Technology – Resistant Materials (AQA GCSE)
  • Information and Creative Technology – (BTEC First Award)
  • Music (BTEC First Award & Trinity College Musical Gradings)
  • Physical Education (OCR GCSE)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Business Studies (OCR GCSE)
  • Geography (AQA GCSE)
  • Hospitality and Catering (WJEC GCSE)

 

Interventions

Millgate School is set up to maximise the potential of every individual. This is achieved through the structure of the school’s provision offering differing levels and types of support. Students may follow all of the curriculum areas listed above or may have a more targeted individual timetable that both prioritises the curriculum’s most vital elements along with a more intense focus on the specific behavioural, emotional or social needs of them as an individual.

The provisions are structured as follows:

Main class groups: When in a main class group, students will have access to all of the subjects above.

IH (Interventions Hub): A student will receive a more personalised school based curriculum delivered through a combination of group and 1-1 sessions through either of the following provision:

ILP (Individual Learning Programme): A personalised programme of study which involves a greater amount of home tuition and external provision.

HC (High Challenge): This provision is set up to support students who for a period of time have struggled to engage in education and due to either lengthy absences from it or criminality. Achieved through the deployment of skilled case workers, qualified teachers and support staff the holistic Curriculum Provision for students in HC focuses on two priorities in equal measure:

  • Ensuring that students acquire qualifications that will enable them to succeed in Further Education or Employment.
  • Ensuring students leave school as valuable members of society who don’t revert to Crime.

 

3 Wave Whole School Interventions

3 wave whole school intervention diagram

As well as the different structured provisions within the school, every student will receive a level of intervention that is responsive to their assessment data and will meet their individual needs at any given time. The wave model above demonstrates the approach that we adopt in order to close gaps in students achievement but also to Stretch and Challenge the most able. This is achieved through all students accessing whole school initiatives such as Reading Champions, specific ability groupings and 1-1 support regardless of which provision there are in.