Curriculum

Our secondary curriculum emphasises the importance of intellectual study and focuses on traditional learning. We believe that this will best equip our students for the pathways that lead to university, the professions and success in whatever career they eventually choose. We are determined that our students will compete on equal terms with students coming from the most privileged circumstances. We provide them with an academic, but well- rounded education that gives them the best possible chance to succeed and make a difference to society as Londoners, as British citizens and as global ambassadors.

Academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate are at the core of the secondary curriculum. There is a vocational curriculum to complement the academic curriculum and prepare students for technical skills and the world of work.

We spread the burden of studying for GCSEs over both years at KS4 (years 10 and 11) so that Year 11 does not become too pressured. This also allows us to plan effectively for each individual student in Year 11 and to timetable a programme of study that maximises their potential.

If you have any further enquiries related to our school curriculum please do not hesitate to contact us.

There are three main elements to the curriculum to address pupils’ academic, personal and social development.

Curriculum Booklet Year 7
Curriculum Booklet Year 8
Curriculum Booklet Year 9
Curriculum Booklet Year 10
Curriculum Booklet Year 11

Educational Excellence

Academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate are at the core of the curriculum. Subjects include English, Mathematics, Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Arts and Technology. The content is driven by the syllabuses and specifications of national examinations.

There is also a strong vocational curriculum for pupils to build technical skills suited to 21st Century learning.

We believe that educational excellence can only be guaranteed when what is studied is tailored to each

individual student. We follow a spiral curriculum over 5 years that prepares students well for GCSEs. We spread GCSE entry over Year 10 and Year 11 so that the last year in school does not become too pressured. This allows us to plan effectively for each student in key stage 4 and timetable a programme of study that maximises their potential. During Year 10, most students can complete up to 3 GCSEs or vocational qualifications in GCSE Computer Science or BTEC Creative Media Production, GCSE Religious Studies, BTEC Sports Science/ GCSE Drama or GCSE Citizenship.

All students can study towards the English Baccalaureate. This is made up of English, Mathematics, History or Geography, the Sciences and a modern foreign language. It is a measure that shows where pupils have secured a grade 5 or above across the core of academic subjects at key stage 4. It is designed to enable parents and pupils to see how their school is performing.

Key Stage 4

In Year 9, students study:

  • GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Core or Triple Science
  • GCSE French or Spanish
  • GCSE Computer Science or BTEC Tech Award Creative Media Production
  • GCSE Religious Studies
  • GCSE History or Geography
  • GCSE Citizenship
  • OCR Cambridge Nationals Sport Science, GCSE Drama or GCSE Art will be undertaken by some students
  • Physical Education

In Year 10, students study:

  • GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Core or Triple Science
  • GCSE French or Spanish
  • GCSE Computer Science or BTEC Tech Award Creative Media Production
  • GCSE Religious Studies
  • GCSE History or Geography
  • GCSE Citizenship
  • OCR Cambridge Nationals Sport Science, GCSE Drama or GCSE Art will be undertaken by some students
  • Physical Education

During Year 10, most students can complete up to 3 GCSEs or vocational qualifications in:
Computer Science or Creative Media Production
Religious Studies.
GCSE Drama or Citizenship/OCR Sports Science or GCSE Fine Art

In Year 11, students complete courses in:

  • GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Maths (some students will complete additional maths qualifications)
  • GCSE Additional Science (some students will complete additional further science qualifications)
  • GCSE History or GCSE Geography
  • GCSE Citizenship
  • OCR Sport Science, GCSE Drama, GCSE Art will be undertaken by some students

Students also receive additional time for personal study and have the opportunity to undertake projects relating to community service and charity.

 

Character Development

Our curriculum enables our students to not only excel in academic performance but also to develop the knowledge, behaviour and skills by well- planned experiences that will build confidence and widen their understanding of the world.

The Eden Promise

Every student who attends Eden Waltham Forest will experience the following as a minimum offer:

1. An outdoors activity to appreciate the natural world;

2. A Leadership and Team Building Experience;

3. A theatre visit to see a live performance;

4. A visit to an Art Gallery to appreciate different art forms;

5. A Faith trail to understand places of worship from different religions;

6. Participation in Sporting Events and Competitions;

7. A scientific discovery session to broaden scientific understanding.

Our cultural capital curriculum is further bolstered by a strong Leadership Specialism that supports students to develop the 5 Cs through world class links facilitated by East London Business Alliance that includes visits and training delivered by the London Central Business District.

  • · Communication skills
  • · Cooperative skills
  • · Collaborative skills
  • · Competitive skills
  • · Creative skillsParents can contact the school for further information about our curriculum. You can call the school on 0208 523 1810 or email the school info@egwf.staracademies.org.

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