The Henry Cort Community College follows a broad and innovative curriculum that meets the needs of every student. The college uses its excellent and highly qualified staff to deliver syllabi based on the National Curriculum but enhances students' learning by including many extended topics.
Subject specialism starts in Key Stage 3, while our GCSE subject choice is extremely broad. Students have access to modern foreign languages from Year 7.
The college offers a curriculum for the academic; the all-rounder; for the students who needs support; the practically minded - a curriculum innovatively designed to meet the needs of all students and to stimulate all students. The outcome is obvious - our results at all ages are excellent and a tribute to a carefully planned curriculum.
Key Stage 3
All students in Years 7, 8 & 9 follow a common curriculum which is developed according to the needs of the individual, whilst meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum (Key Stage 3).
The following subjects are studied:
Art; Dance; Design Technology; Drama; English; French; Geography; German; History; Information & Communication Technology; Mathematics; Music; Personal, Social & Health Education; Physical Education; Religious Education; Science.
Setting according to ability and attainment is introduced early in Year 7 and it is anticipated that students in top sets may well finish Key Stage 3 early and move on to their examinations courses during Year 9.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 & 11, all students follow a compulsory basic course of study which includes:
- English (including Literature);
- Design & Technology subject;
- Humanities subject (History or Geography);
- Modern Foreign Language;
- Creative or Expressive Arts subject;
- Physical Education (recreational and GCSE examination course);
- Personal, Social & Health Education (including Active Citizenship);
- Religious Education (Short Course GCSE);
- Information and Communication Technology (Applied GCSE or Key Skills).
Students are also able to choose two other subjects. Choices are guided to ensure that each student is provided with a balanced curriculum.
The formal, taught curriculum at Henry Cort Community College is enriched by a variety of activities which are organised by teachers and other adults. These activities are available for your child, as part of the extended day which operates between 8.00 and 8.30 in the morning and after 2.30.
We expect that all students of Henry Cort College will be entered for, and will achieve success in, a wide range of GCSE, Applied GCSE and other examinations. Your child will be entered for the main body of public examinations, after discussion and consultation, early in the Spring Term of Year 11. GCSE examinations are set by The Oxford, Cambridge & RSA Examining Group (OCR), The Assessment Quality Alliance (AQA), Education Excellence (Edexcel) and The Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC). Your child will follow the most appropriate syllabus. A work related course in conjunction with Fareham College is available for selected students. This leads to NVQ qualifications. In addition it is expected that all students in Year 11 will be entered for Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology.
Copies of the colleges policy on entry for Public Examinations are available on request.