The vision of our curriculum is success for everyone. A successful Poly Student is one who is ambitious and has high expectations of her own learning. Through determination, being ready to learn and facing challenges, they have reached their full potential in all aspects of their education. They have a breadth of knowledge, skills and concepts and have developed skills of reading, writing and oracy. The successful Poly student is a sensitive and respectful, someone who listens, is articulate and, ready to lead. A successful Poly student is ready for university, apprenticeships and the world of work.
Polytechnic School for Girls offers an ambitious curriculum which is designed to facilitate success for all of our students. We are committed to enabling all our students to enjoy learning and to become independent learners through the provision of a challenging and stimulating curriculum. Our curriculum is designed so that students can make interconnections between the various subject disciplines, hence stimulating a culture of curiosity and questioning. We aim to ensure that students reach or exceed their potential through a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum provision which extends their knowledge and vocabulary; ensuring that they have the cultural mobility which will ensure progression. The curriculum is designed to be inclusive to reflect the diversity of our Poly family, of our local community, and of our globalised world.
Our students receive thirty 50-minute periods of timetabled lessons a week with the additional benefit from an extended curriculum via a range of clubs, activities and subject specialist lessons after school, on Saturdays and during the holidays.
Our curriculum priorities are
Well qualified teachers
Subject specialist teaching
Personalised learning to meet individual needs and to develop students’ strengths whilst identifying areas for development and challenge. This ensures that good progress is made in all subjects by all students.
Personalised curriculum pathways discussed with student, parent and tutor.
A rich and varied curriculum to prepare students for GCSE, A level, university, apprenticeships, and the world of work.
Consistent, impactful practice in Teaching and Learning
Key Stage 3
We operate a three-year Key Stage 3. As well as the core of English, Maths and Science, all students study a Modern Foreign Language (either French or Spanish), Geography, History and EBC as well as Art, ICT, Design Technology, Drama, Music and Physical Education. Also, students take part in a Personal Development Programme.
Students make their option choices at the end of year 9 and will continue to enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum in years 10 and 11. All students study GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science.