We follow a broad curriculum in order to provide a balance that can stimulate the talents of every student.
The core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science are taught throughout Years 7-11, together with Religious Education, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE), which are compulsory for all year groups. Further details may be found in the Years 7-9 Curriculum Handbook which is available below.
- Religious Education
- Modern Languages
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
- Classical Civilisation (Year 9)
Class sizes are small, with up to 20 students. Most groups are mixed ability, with some subjects, such as Mathematics, set by ability where it is educationally advantageous.
Year 7 students take French and, in Years 8 and 9, German or Spanish are added to their choices, with Classical Civilisation in Year 9. The Design Technology programme includes product design, textiles, and food technology for both boys and girls.
Year 9 students have the opportunity to gain a Functional Skills qualification in ICT. A whole-school computer network provides Internet access in all classrooms, further enhancing teaching and learning.
In Year 7, students will take the cognitive development course (COGS+) in which different aspects of learning and intelligent behaviour are explored through challenging and sometimes philosophical tasks. The course encourages students to think more for themselves; think about the way they learn; understand better how to work in teams and think creatively about solving problems and presenting ideas.
Cognitive Development Course
A Thinking Skills Course – COGS, developed by the Headmaster, Mr Lennon, provides opportunities for students to extend and improve their higher order thinking skills. The course encourages independent thinking, a more positive approach to problem solving, and a better understanding of habits of learning. Different aspects of learning and intelligent behaviour are explored through challenging and sometimes philosophical tasks. By doing these tasks, students are equipped with a set of behaviours and ‘thinking tools’ to choose from, when they approach any task or problem. All Beechwood students will gain from this programme: they will gain greater independence as a learner; think about the way they learn; understand better how to work in teams; and think creatively about solving problems and presenting ideas.
“These essential skills for life will benefit Beechwood students while they are at university and also as they begin their careers”
Mr Aaron LennonHeadmaster