At Moor Park High School and Sixth Form we are committed to providing high quality educational opportunities for our community. Our vision is founded on the belief that a broad and balanced curriculum is a vital component in ensuring all students will be able to access higher education and participate fully in our democratic society. We nurture academic success alongside creativity and imagination throughout the school curriculum to help students to secure the knowledge and skills they will need for future success. Moor Park High School and Sixth Form is based on and driven by our core values and we are committed to guaranteeing
- An academic curriculum
- Excellent teaching
- High expectations
- That every child is known
- Exemplary behaviour
At Key Stage 3, all students follow a broad and balanced curriculum, which stretches and challenges but also provides the scaffolding to ensure that students achieve and exceed their potential. As students progress through the Key Stage there is increasing opportunity for them to personalise their curriculum, underpinned by high quality provision in the core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science. In Years 7 and 8 students also study; Spanish, Computing, History, Geography, RE, a range of technology subjects, Art, Drama, Music and PE giving them a varied and stimulating daily diet of lessons and experiences. All students in KS3 are involved in a high-quality STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enrichment programme.
In year 9, all students follow the core curriculum of Maths, English, Science, PE, Art, RE, technology, computing and Spanish. They opt to study either geography or History which they continue up to GCSE. They also select either Music or Drama.
At the end of Year 9 students then make further selection from a range of high quality vocational and Art & Design subjects. We offer a wide range of courses allowing students to follow the route most appropriate to their needs, interests or future career path.
Ensuring depth over breadth, our curriculum is rigorous and challenging; creative and inspiring; diverse and wide ranging; perfect for the mix of students we teach. We pride ourselves on identifying gaps in knowledge and skills and intervening to meet the needs of our students and motivating them to achieve through our rich and engaging curriculum.
The school operates a weekly timetable of thirty lessons. Each lesson lasts 50 minutes. Where appropriate students study Triple (separate) GCSE Science. All students study either geography or history to GCSE. A range of GCSE and Technical Awards qualifications are available to students across KS4. The school provides detailed guidance on the pathways that students follow. Using prior and current attainment data alongside one to one conversations, students are guided to follow either a GCSE rich EBACC pathway or a pathway, which will include study of GCSEs and Technical Awards which can include Business, Spanish or Computer Science.
All choices are underpinned by our high-quality careers education, information advice and guidance programme.
‘A’ level study is central to Moor Park Sixth Form education, with a range of subjects available. A range of level 3 BTEC subjects are also available. Most students begin by taking three ‘A’ level subjects in year 12 or a BTEC and two ‘A’ levels and continue to study these in year 13. The broad and flexible range of options allow students to select a vibrant and personalised programme which will stretch and challenge them at this crucial stage of their education.
All students have a morning registration period from 8.50 to 9.20. Each student at Moor Park is in a tutor group with a form tutor who acts as the key point of contact for parents and staff for all matters relating to the students in that form. Where possible the tutor remains with their form throughout the 5 years in main school.
Our form tutors work closely with their tutees and have an overview of academic progress and emotional well-being. Each year group is led by a Year Leader, who is supported by a behaviour manager. These teams have overall responsibility for the progress, monitoring, safety and welfare of students in the year group. Learning Mentors also work closely within our year teams to work with offering one to one support and group work sessions to students, as well as offering another point of contact for parents.
The daily tutorial time is dedicated to the delivery of high quality personal, social health education and citizenship programmes. Tutor time sessions deliver a values-based programme, with a weekly focus on an identified value. The tutor time booklets have two discussions based activities on the weeks value. We also have a thought of the week and a “Moor Park Moment”; a philosophical question. Tutors are encouraged to discuss and include all students in these activities to ensure they are aware of the differences and similarities between people and accept and celebrate all forms of diversity.
There is also a focus on current world affairs during the week and students are encouraged to ask questions. The final task of the week for students is based on self-reflection and a celebration of their week.
In the sixth form every student has a personal tutor who they see regularly and meet with on a one to one basis. The personal tutor is an advocate for the student and they play an important role in the students transition from main school to an adult environment, where they develop greater independence and prepare for their future.
Enrichment and extra-curricular
At Moor Park we have a tradition of offering high quality opportunities and activities outside the academic curriculum. These activities can range from extra-curricular activities through to intervention classes and are an important feature of school life and contribute enormously to our students’ social and academic development.
Our aim is to nurture and develop each student. All students take part in a range of Super Learning Days at the end of the year where we suspend the regular timetable and offer a range of creative, cultural and residential opportunities for our students. These innovative and exciting days not only develop learning and foster creativity, but also widen students’ experiences and open up new horizons and opportunities to discover talents, passions and hobbies that they may never have considered before. We also aim to give the students real life experiences and foster opportunities for them to work with a range of experts and practitioners from the local community and beyond.
Our careers, education, information, advice and guidance is outstanding at Moor Park. A range of careers events are organised to inspire our young people to consider the career opportunities available to them in subjects they feel passionate about. These experiences result in students feeling that they have a clear understanding of the different pathways open to them and the opportunities working in specific professions can provide them. Our careers events are supported by professionals from our local community and whet young people’s appetites for professional life.
At Moor Park we work to identify individual student needs and to provide a specialised and targeted support curriculum to ensure that all students fulfil their potential. Whether a student has a Special Educational Need or has English as an Additional Language, we strive to ensure that appropriate support and provision is in place to ensure that students can access the curriculum and achieve their very best. This support can take many forms: literacy & numeracy tuition; small group work; one to one sessions for dyslexia with a specialist teacher; one to one support for other learning difficulties; or bespoke programmes in our ‘Base’ room. Specific interventions and individual programmes are carefully created and monitored to meet the specific needs of each student ensuring that there are no barriers to success.
There is an extensive range of extra-curricular activities on offer with many different clubs available at lunchtime and after school. We also offer students the chance to experience different cultures and experiences through our range of educational visits including national and international trips and visits to educational venues linked to curricular areas. Theatre trips, visits to exhibitions and museums plus outings to local universities also occur regularly and provide further opportunities for students to enrich and extend their learning beyond the classroom.
Our school’s sporting and arts provision is particularly inspiring, successful and popular. We enter a number of teams in a variety of sports and students participate regularly in local schools’ competitions and tournaments, competing at city wide and regional levels. Provision in the arts is exceptional with students being able to access and experience a broad and eclectic range of art forms at the highest level. Students in performing arts regularly perform their work to live audiences.
The sixth form enrichment programme ensures that students education and personal growth are developed beyond their academic courses. The varied programme develops student self-reliance and prepares them for the world of work or further study. One of the highlights of the sixth form year is our work placement scheme which takes place during the summer term. This experience develops their employability skills as they work with professionals in potential future careers.
Should you wish to find out more information about the school’s curriculum, please contact the school direct.