Curriculum

Curriculum Model

Baines School endeavours to provide a curriculum based on maximising the life chances for each and every one of its pupils.  A curriculum that is underpinned by the values held by the traditions of the school whilst also being forward looking in its delivery through new teaching and learning strategies.  Baines School promotes a curriculum that not only maximises the life chances but supports pupils in being prepared for life beyond periods of examination through extensive enrichment opportunities that develop expertise beyond the classroom.

Baines School Curriculum is broad and balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills.  We know our pupils and our journey for our pupils does not end at 16 as we endeavour to keep hold of our pupils and offer a wide ranging number of post 16 qualifications preparing our pupils for next steps in Higher Education, employment and further training.

Our curriculum develops the skills of the individual and provides our pupils with the necessary skills to make to best prepared to make sound decisions in modern Britain.

Our Life Skills curriculum in Year 7 to Year 11 is age appropriate and we look to embed SMSC opportunities into all aspects of our work.  We continue to keep every child’s personal development and welfare at the centre of everything we do and to develop further opportunities do demonstrate our commitment to the whole child and further strengthen our pupils understanding on British Values and how to keep themselves safe from relevant risks such as abuse, sexual exploitation and extremism, including when using the internet and social media.  Our R.E provision allows SMSC to be further explored and promotes tolerance and equality.

Baines School we believe that our statement of vision and values, found on the school’s website, makes explicit our fundamental belief in many of these values. This statement is the foundation of all our work with our students. British values are embodied in the following more specific ways:

  • All our students study REP (Religion, Philosophy and Ethics) from Year 7 -11. A significant number of students take the subject as a GCSE full course and the majority sit the GCSE Short Course.
  • The REP curriculum contains the following elements which are directly applicable to promoting British values:
  • Belonging and living in different communities
  • Ethical and moral values and principles
  • Free will and individual choice
  • Christianity as the dominant religion in a multicultural and multi-ethnic society
  • Religion: War, Peace and Justice

Students participate in at least an hour lesson per fortnight of Life Skills Education from Years 7-11. These lessons are taught by staff on a carousel basis in order that pupils experience a range of approaches.  The Life Skills curriculum has a citizenship module in each of Years 7-10 and this contains the following directly relevant elements:

  • Diversity, Prejudice & Bullying (Year 7)
  • How democracy works in the UK (Year 8)
  • Financial literacy (Year 9)
  • Application of rules & the Law (Year 10)

There are varied opportunities for personal growth and development it offers to young people throughout their time with us. Whether academic, practical, sporting, generally talented or initially less than confident, Baines’ pupils are positively challenged to participate in the breadth of school life and to grow and develop so that they can take on, and successfully meet, new and exciting opportunities in order to find out about themselves, test their abilities and be able to work with, and relate to, peers and other people from all walks of life.

As a voluntary-aided (non-denominational), non-selective co-educational school, we want Baines to provide an education and experience that young people respect, value and desire from the moment they join us in Year 7 right through to their Sixth Form career in Years 12 and 13. We wish all students to look back over their time with us and feel that they have succeeded at their personal and academic heights, that they have valued and enjoyed their years here and can positively state that they have grown as a person as a result of their experience.

The Governing body are regularly involved in discussions regarding curriculum provision ensuring that statutory requirements are met.

Based on a two week 50 hour cycle

SubjectNumber of hours per fortnight
English7
Maths7
Science6
French5
Geography3
History3
Religion, Philosophy & Ethics3
Art3
Computing2
Music2
Design3
Physical Education4
Life Skills (PSHCE)2
Total50

Based on a two week 50 hour cycle

SubjectNumber of hours per fortnight
English7
Maths6
Science5
Languages (French, German, Spanish) TOP SET ONLY6
Languages (other groups)4
Geography3
History4
Religion, Philosophy & Ethics3
Art3
Computing2
Music2
Design4
Design (Top Set Languages)2
Physical Education4
Life Skills (PSHCE)2
Total50

Based on a two week 50 hour cycle

SubjectNumber of hours per fortnight
English7
Maths7
Science6
Languages (French, German, Spanish)6
Geography3
History3
Religion, Philosophy & Ethics2
Art2
Computing2
Music2
Design4
Physical Education4
Life Skills (PSHCE)2
Total50

Based on a two week 50 hour cycle

SubjectNumber of hours per fortnight
Core Curriculum
English Language GCSE (EDUQUAS)8
English Literature GCSE (AQA)7
Maths GCSE (AQA)7
Science Trilogy (AQA Set 1 Only)15 (5 lessons in Option
B or C)
Life Skills (non – exam)2
Physical Education (non-exam)
or
2
Combined Science (AQA)10
Life Skills (non – exam)2
Physical Education (non-exam)2
Religion, Philosophy & Ethics GCSE short course (AQA)2
Sub Total30

4 options fromNumber of hours per fortnight
French GCSE AQA5
German GCSE AQA5
Spanish GCSE (AQA)5
Geography GCSE (Edexcel)5
History GCSE (AQA)5
Computer Science GCSE (OCR)5
IT: Creative Media OCR (Level 2 National)5
Religious Studies GCSE (OCR)5
Music GCSE (AQA)5
Media Studies GCSE (EDUQUAS)5
Business Studies GCSE (AQA)5
PE GCSE (AQA)5
PE VCert (NCFE)5
Resistant Materials GCSE (AQA)5
Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE (AQA)5
Photography GCSE (AQA)5
Art GCSE (AQA)5
Graphics GCSE (AQA)5
Travel and Tourism BTEC (Edexcel)5
NCFE Level 2 Business Enterprise5
NCFE Health & Social Care5
Construction for the Built Environment WJEC Level 1/2 Award5
Sub Total 20 hours
Total50 hours

Based on a two week 50 hour cycle

SubjectNumber of hours per fortnight
Core Curriculum
English Language GCSE (EDUQUAS)7
English Literature GCSE (AQA)7
Maths GCSE (AQA)7
Science Trilogy AQA (Set 1 only) 11
Life Skills (non – exam)1
Physical Education (non-exam)
or
2
Combined Science (AQA)9
Life Skills (non – exam)2
Physical Education (non-exam)3
Religion, Philosophy & Ethics GCSE short course (Eduqas)2
Sub Total30

4 options from (most learners must take 2 EBacc subjects)Number of hours per fortnight
French GCSE AQA5
German GCSE AQA5
Spanish GCSE (AQA)5
Geography GCSE (Edexcel)5
History GCSE (AQA)5
Computer Science GCSE (OCR)5
IT: Creative Media (OCR Level 2 National)5
Religious Studies GCSE (OCR)5
Music GCSE (AQA)5
Media Studies GCSE (Eduquas)5
Business Studies GCSE (AQA)5
PE GCSE (AQA)5
PE VCert (NCFE)5
Resistant Materials GCSE (AQA)5
Photography GCSE (AQA)5
Art GCSE (AQA)5
Graphics (AQA)5
Travel and Tourism BTEC (Edexcel)5
Student Support (Literacy/Numeracy)
(Based on individual need)
5-15
Sub Total 20 hours
Total50 hours