Curriculum Statement


Learning at Springwell

Year 7 is an ‘introductory’ year with students being taught in ability groups for Maths and English and in mixed ability groups for Science, Physical Education, History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Personal, Social and Health Education, Computing, Religious Education and Modern Foreign Languages.

From Year 8 onwards core curriculum areas set teaching groups to ensure that the work that students cover is appropriate to their ability. However, differentiated work is still provided in set classes to ensure that the needs of all students are met. The subjects studied in Year 8 are the same as in Year 7.

In Year 9 individual preference is taken into account, with students choosing ‘taster’ GCSE courses in a wide range of subjects to study alongside the core curriculum of Maths, English, Science, Physical Education, PSHE, Religious Education and Computing.

All KS4 students in Years 10 and 11 undertake qualifications in the core curriculum of Maths, English, Science, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education, Computing and Religious Education, as well as pursuing a number of options subjects.

Underpinning all of the learning at Springwell is a focus on well planned and resourced lessons, together with a structured behaviour policy that ensures appropriate student behaviour.

We aim to promote the fundamental British values of:

  • Democracy
  • Individual liberty
  • The rule of law
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

At Springwell Community College all students are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum in which they study a wide range of subjects. The school code of being respectful, listening, focusing, co-operating, and trying your best underpins everything we do and promotes many of the key British values. In addition to this, students are provided with the opportunity to widen their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development on a daily basis through a range of lessons and other activities. Furthermore the college has a well-respected Anti-Bullying Policy that is delivered by a dedicated team of adults and students and plays a key role in promoting tolerance and respect across the college.


The Timetable

The college operates a 25 lesson per week, two week timetable, with all lessons being either 1 hour or 55 minutes in duration. However, a 25 lesson week does not give an appropriate degree of flexibility in terms of the curriculum. Therefore a two week timetable gives the college an increased level of timetable flexibility, whilst also facilitating Key Stage 4 options subjects having 10% curriculum time. 


Curriculum Overview

All students in Years 7 to 10 follow an RE course for a minimum of one hour each week. However, some Year 10 and 11 students may follow RE as a full GCSE qualification instead.

Students at KS3 follow a discrete computing qualification for 1 hour each week in Years 7 and 8. From Year 9 onwards all students follow the OCR Cambridge qualification in IT. Whilst at KS4 all students are given the choice of undertaking a GCSE in computing.

PSHE is taught by Form Tutors to all year groups for 1 hour per week, throughout the year, on a rolling programme.

All students in Years 7 to 11 take Physical Education for at least 2 hours per week. At KS4 some students will also choose to take BTEC PE, GCSE PE or GCSE Dance.

Students in Years 7 and 8 all study Technology and Art subjects for at least 2 hours per week. A number of Technology and Art subjects are offered for students to opt into at GCSE.

In Years 7 and 8 students partake in an innovative languages carousel that allows them to sample three foreign languages across the 2 years, before making choices in Year 9.

All students in Years 7 and 8 study History and Geography before making options choices for Year 9.

In Year 9 all students study the following: Maths, English, Science, Computing, RE, PE and PSHE.  Through flexible pathways students are allowed to choose a further 4 subjects to study, unless agreed on an individual basis.  Students must study at least 1 Humanity and at least 1 Language.  Subjects offered: History, Geography, French, German, Spanish, Art, Drama, Music, Product Design, Food, Dance, Graphics.  There is also an alternative curriculum running for a small number of students who need additional support.

In Years 10 and 11 students study the following: Maths, English, Science, PE, RE/PSHE.  Through GCSE option choices students choose a further 4 subjects to study, students are encouraged where appropriate to continue to study subjects that will allow them to achieve the EBACC qualification.  Unless agreed on an individual basis students must study either a Humanity or a Language.  Subjects offered: History, Geography, French, German, Spanish, Art, Drama, Music, Product Design, Food, Dance, Graphics, Triple Science, Business, IT, Computing, Media. PE, RE. These qualifications may be either GCSE or Vocational. There is also an option for extra literacy and numeracy support in KS4.


Links with Other Providers

The majority of students receive their education solely within the college, however, the college does have close links with a number of other local providers, such as Chesterfield College, for a small number of students. 




For more information about the curriculum at Springwell, please contact Mr Birks, Assistant Headteacher.