Secondary Department - Pupils aged 11 - 16

Teaching and Learning in the Secondary Department

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Although we follow the National Curriculum and meet all statutory requirements we have our own Creative Curriculum designed to meet the needs of the pupils we teach and to prepare them for the next stage in their education.

Pupils have access to externally assessed courses currently provided by OCR, Ingots and Duke of Edinburgh. All pupils have a daily literacy and numeracy lesson working towards individual targets, many other subjects are grouped for example The World Around Us includes history and geography plus elements of RE and Healthy living includes PE, swimming, personal hygiene and healthy eating and living and Creative Arts encompasses the arts and music.

All pupils take Food Technology in our new specialist classroom and learn skills for cooking skills and independent living. Other subjects include horticulture and ecology, culture and diversity, MFL, careers, science and ICT. Both day and residential visits are a regular feature of the curriculum. All pupils have access to a wide range of accreditation, in order to support them as they move towards early adulthood and the world of work.

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How many pupils are in a class ?

Class size depends on age and individual needs. All classes have a teacher and a number of teaching assistants according to the needs of the pupils. The number of pupils in a class varies from a minimum of seven to a maximum of twelve. Pupils are generally grouped according to chronological age. Pupils remain with their class throughout the day, however they have the opportunity to be taught by a number of specialist teachers, such as Food Technology and Music.

What do pupils do at 16 ?

At the end of key stage 4, pupils have the choice to either stay at Billing Brook and move to the Sixth Form Centre or apply for college. Preparation for transitioning to college or sixth form starts early in year 9 and 10 and includes advice from the careers adviser; visits to college and "taster sessions". Whatever your child chooses to do - we will support them.

Leavers Destinations

In 2017 12 pupils from Year 11 left Billing Brook. 11 of these (92%) moved to further education or training. One student with some personal issues was NEET but he is now awaiting placement at a training provider.