At Oaks Park High School, our curriculum is far more than the lessons our students enjoy. It is the whole school experience, including but not limited to: assemblies, educational visits, school performances and sporting fixtures, our visiting lecture series, careers, student-voice, parental engagement and a comprehensive pastoral system. Our curriculum guides the shared experience that comes with being part of our school, and the individual experience gained, as we recognise each one of our students is unique.
We believe our curriculum at Oaks Park makes a difference to who our students are, and who they will become. It gives them the currency – in knowledge and skills, examination results and enriched experiences – that are necessary to take their next exciting, informed and ambitious steps in the world. It fosters in our students a sense of character, founded in the principles celebrated by our motto, ‘Learning Together, Achieving Together’. It creates a culture that unites the school community around shared values of kindness, hard work and the pursuit of excellence.
Our curriculum planning starts with an understanding of what students have studied at KS2 and seeks to capitalise on this knowledge and understanding. This is to ensure that all students are challenged and engaged in their learning throughout KS3. Curriculum leaders all recognise the importance of adhering to the full breadth and depth of the National Curriculum as a minimum. The strategic planning of our curriculum takes into account fully the context, needs and ambitions of our student body. This is then brought to life through careful sequencing to ensure full coverage and appropriate challenge which encourages students to pick a wide range of courses to study at KS4. As a result of this, students have a secure foundation of knowledge, disciplinary skills and understanding to transition to KS4 in Year 9. We ensure that all students maintain their entitlement of a broad range of courses, this has resulted in a significant increase in the number of students opting to pursue their studies on both Ebacc and arts courses.
The KS5 curriculum maintains the priorities found at KS3 and KS4 of being broad, ambitious, and planned to meet the needs of all students as they prepare for life beyond Oaks Park. In the Sixth Form students build upon the knowledge, skills and experiences of KS3 and KS4 to support them making highly informed choices and are equipped fully to undertake the challenges they will face as they move into employment, apprenticeships or higher education. At Oaks Park we recognise the importance of high quality impartial careers advice and guidance. Throughout the school our Careers, Education, Information and Guidance programme is woven into the curriculum offer to provide highly personalised advice to broaden horizons, equip students with transferable skills, drive aspirations and meet individual needs.
At Oaks Park High School, our curriculum ensures that our students can take ownership of their learning and, by doing so, take ownership of their future.