We provide a relevant curriculum, which is as broad and balanced as possible and which reflects that of a mainstream High School by being in line with KS4 of the National Curriculum.
All pupils are tested in English, Maths & Science on entry to Old Warren House in order to determine the most appropriate qualification route that will provide achievable challenge.
Qualifications are tailored to the needs of each child and comprise:
Depending on how long your child is with us, we will tailor our English curriculum to offer one or more of the following qualifications:
- Entry Level Certificate in English – this is achieved through coursework completed in school and is assessed by outcome at Entry Level 1, 2 or 3.
- Functional Skills English – this is offered at Level 1 (equivalent to GCSE grade D-G) and Level 2 (GCSE equivalent A-C) and is assessed through examinations taken throughout the year in reading, writing and speaking.
- GCSE English Language – this is an examination-based qualification. There are 2 exams: reading of fiction and non-fiction, and writing description and to express an opinion.
- GCSE English Literature – this is assessed through examination. Texts this year include: Blood Brother, A Christmas Carol, Macbeth and a selection of poetry.
For the last six years, every pupil has left Old Warren House with at least one qualification in English.
There are two qualifications offered by Old Warren House, again these will depend on aptitude, ability and length of time with us:
- Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics – this is achieved through coursework or external assignment completed in school, resulting in a qualification at either Entry Level 1, 2 or 3.
- GCSE Mathematics – this is the study of number; algebra; ratio, proportion & rates of change; geometry & measures; probability and statistics and is assessed through a series of three examination papers, which are taken at the end of Year 11; of which 2 are calculator papers and one is non-calculator. Each exam makes up a third of the final grade.
- All pupils also have their own ‘MyMaths’ account, which they can access at home and which is targeted to ensure support in areas where individual pupils lack confidence.
For the last six years, every pupil has left Old Warren House with at least one qualification in Mathematics.
There are two qualifications offered at Old Warren House, again these are tailored to meet the needs of each pupil.
- Entry Level Science – this encompasses units from the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is assessed through coursework completed at school.
GCSE Biology – this is, like English & Mathematics; a linear qualification; meaning that it is accredited through two examinations at the end of Year 11, each of which makes up 50% of the marks. The course covers cell biology; organisation; infection and response; bioenergetics; homeostasis & response; inheritance, variation and evolution; ecology and key ideas.
We currently offer Functional Skills qualifications in this subject; at Entry Level 1, 2 & 3; and Level 1. The subject is assessed through a controlled assessment under exam conditions, which can be taken throughout the year.
We are planning the delivery of the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence), which is a Level 2 course. We will have more news on this later in the term.
This is a GCSE subject offered to those pupils who will be with us for 2 years and comprises an examination at the end of Year 11, which includes analysis of a media product. Some aptitude in either English or Art is a pre-requisite for success on this course.
ART & DESIGN
This is offered at GCSE for those pupils who show aptitude and ability, and encompasses 6 disciplines: art, craft & design; fine art; graphic communication; textile design; three-dimensional design and photography.
The work is assessed through a portfolio of work (this makes up 60% of the marks) and an externally set assessment, which takes place over 10 hours under exam conditions at the end of Year 11.
In addition, there is a number of Single Unit Awards available in this subject, where pupils can develop ideas in any of the disciplines shown above.
PREPARATION FOR WORKING LIFE
This Level 1 and 2 qualification comprises a written examination taken at the end of Year 11 (this makes up 80% of total marks) and also evidence produced in school of a curriculum vitae, an application letter, and interview notes. This is the first year we have entered for this qualification.
In a school where so many of our young people experience social and mental health issues, this subject is of paramount importance. In order to keep our young people safe we target our PSHE delivery to support each pupil where their greatest need lies.
The subject is offered as either an Entry Level Certificate or Award, and is assessed through work completed in school.
It is part of our school ethos to encourage independence, and to this end, we offer BTEC Level 1 & 2 Awards in Home Cooking Skills. Pupils are encouraged to prepare all ingredients from scratch. All ingredients are provided by the school and assessment takes place in school throughout the year.
This subject is supported by the Level 2 Basic Food Hygiene Award, completed online in school.
In addition to the qualifications listed above, we also offer Single Unit Award certificates in a number of subjects, including Entry Level History, Geography, Design & Technology and First Aid.
Our young people are encouraged to eat and live healthily by participation in regular sporting activitites, including Swimming which is accreditied via the ASA 'Swimfit' award scheme.
As well as these school-based subjects, we are working with external providers (at present ‘Inter High’ and ‘GCSE Pod’ to develop an on-line learning curriculum. Subjects to be offered at present comprise: GCSE History, GCSE Business Studies, GCSE Film Studies, GCSE Computer Games Development. Other options include Modern Foreign Languages. We will have more information on these later in the year so please watch this space for more details!
If you have any questions regarding further detail on our curriculum, please contact the school office in the first instance.