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CURRICULUM

In designing our curriculum we have taken account of a wide range of factors. All of our pupils present challenging behaviour and/or experience significant emotional or social difficulties. All have also been unsuccessful in mainstream education.

The curriculum is divided into the following stages:

  • Key Stage 1 (Chaffinch Brook and Rainbow Class)
  • Key Stage 2 (Beckmead, Chaffinch Brook and Bramley Bank)
  • Key Stage 3 (Beckmead and Chaffinch Brook)
  • Key Stage 4 (Beckmead, Beckmead College)
  • Key Stage 5 (Beckmead College)

PRIMARY CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT

At Beckmead School our curriculum aims to support our pupils in two ways: firstly we need to help young people understand their feelings and manage their behaviour in ways that will enable them to be happier and more successful in their lives. Secondly we want to enable them to re-engage with learning and acquire skills and qualifications which will serve them well in school. In designing our curriculum we have taken account of a wide range of factors. All of our pupils present challenging behaviour and/or experience significant social, emotional or mental health difficulties.

The primary curriculum is divided into the following stages:

  • Key Stage 1 (Chaffinch Brook and Rainbow Class)
  • Key Stage 2 (Beckmead, Chaffinch Brook and Bramley Bank)

  • At Key Stage 1, children use Rapid Phonics reading books and Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play.

PRIMARY ASSESSMENT

Key stage 1
Key stage 1 tasks and tests cover English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling and Mathematics - arithmetic and reasoning. Key Stage 1 teacher assessment covers English writing, Speaking and listening and Science. The tasks and tests are taken in May. Your child’s teacher will also use their work to assess how well your child is working in each of those areas. We will inform you at the end of the school year whether your child is working at, working towards or working at greater depth than the expected standard.

Year 1 phonics screening check takes place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to their teacher. You will be told how your child did, and we will talk to you if your child needs extra help with reading. If your child doesn’t do well in the check it will be repeated in Year 2.

Key stage 2
Year 6 SATs tests take place at the end of year 6 for all children nationally.

Date Activity
Monday 8 May 2017 English reading
Tuesday 9 May 2017 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Wednesday 10 May 2017 Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 11 May 2017 Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

SECONDARY CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT

The secondary curriculum at the Beckmead Family of Schools has been carefully designed to enable all pupils to achieve meaningful qualifications, whilst at the same time enabling them to flourish as human beings and acquire skills which will serve them well in school, post-school and as citizens in the community.

GCSE
Maths
English
Media Studies
Citizenship
Assessment is through exams taken in May / June of year 11. You will kept informed on how well your child is progressing from starting their GCSE, including what grade they can expect to achieve if they continue to work at the current level.
BTEC (Level 1)
Information and Creative Technology (ICT)
Creative Media Production
Food Technology
Sport
BTECs are taught over a 2 year period and are assessed through a continual process of coursework and practical assignments.
Other qualifications
Science
Music Technology
Film
Assessment is continual throughout the 2-year course and consists of a range of written and oral questioning, written reports and assignments, observation of practice and practical activities.

For further information on Primary and Secondary Curriculum and Assessment at The Beckmead Family of Schools, please contact your child’s teacher or Andy Millard, Head of Chaffinch Brook Upper School.

What Ofsted are saying...

ATTAINMENT

KS2

In KS2, we place great emphasis on improving our children’s levels of attainment and use a variety of interventions that focus on core skills eg Successmaker. OFSTED noted in its last report that ‘Making good progress and valuing learning are now central to the culture of the school’ and that ‘Whole-school systems for keeping track of the rate of each pupil’s progress are effective’.

The following table shows the percentage of pupils in KS2 who achieved:

Reading Writing Maths
The expected standard or above in: 0.1 0 0.05
Average progress in: 0.05 -0.03 0.02
Average scaled score in:
(Where 100 is the national average)
90.6 92.6

Please note when viewing data above that:

  1. The national curriculum and school performance indicators have changed with scaled scores replacing levels.
  2. The expected standard for pupils in 2016 is higher than the expected standard in previous years (eg Level 4).
  3. Care should be taken when comparing performance using old indicators (e.g. Level 4+ or APS) and new indicators (e.g. % Expected Standard and Scaled Scores).
  4. To provide trends over time and context for the 2016 results, pupil results have been converted from previous years to the new 2016 DFE performance indicators, taking into account the new higher standard.

For further information on Attainment at The Beckmead Family of Schools, please contact your child’s teacher or Andy Millard, Head of Chaffinch Brook Upper School.

    OFSTED quotes:
  • Pupils achieve well and make good progress academically, developing skills that will support future training and employment prospects, including their social skills.
  • Making good progress and valuing learning are now central to the culture of the school.
  • Staff have very high expectations of pupils.
  • Whole-school systems for keeping track of the rate of each pupil’s progress are effective.

KS4

At KS4, our focus is on ensuring that not only do our young people gain meaningful qualifications, but they also gain useful skills that will help them to move on to further training or employment. According to our latest OFSTED report, ‘Pupils achieve well and make good progress academically, developing skills that will support future training and employment prospects, including their social skills’. In 2016, 86% of our year 11 pupils went on to college placements.

The following table shows the number of pupils in 2016 who achieved:

Beckmead School and CLT GCSE Results

Subject No/
Entries
GCSE Grades Achieved A*-C’s No/ A*-G’s % A-C % A-G
A* A B C D E F G U X
English Lang. 7 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 7 0 100
iGCSE English
Lang.
10 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 1 2 0 7 0 70
Maths 14 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 1 7 0 2 7 14 50
ICT iGCSE 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 100
Citizenship
(Short course)
8 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 0 8 0 100

GCSE A*-C and A*-G Overview

Number of Pupils Percentage of Pupils
1+ A*-C 10% 2
5+ A-G 25% 4
4+ A-G 50% 10
3+ A-G 50% 10
2+ A-G 65% 1
1+ A-G 75% 15

Functional Skills

Qualification Pass Fail Pass %
Maths Entry Level 1 0 100
Maths Level 1 9 7 56
Maths Level 2 1 2 67
ICT Level 1 8 4 75
ICT Level 2 2 0 100

Other Accredited Qualifications

Qualification Pass Fail Pass %
BTEC Home Cooking Skills - Level 2 3 0 100
BTEC Sports & Active Leisure - Level 1 4 0 100
BTEC Creative Media Production Level 1 4 0 100
Music technology NCFE Level 1 2 0 100
Film Arts Silver Award 3 0 100

Post 16 Destination

College No/ of students Types of Courses Followed
Carshalton College 5 Students Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Sport, Construction
Coulsdon Sixth Form College 1 Student ICT
Croydon College 4 Students Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Construction, Plumbing & Heating
NESCOT College 1 Student Sport
Bromley College 3 Students Motor Vehicle Maintenance
Colegsirgar College (Cardiff) 1 Student ICT
John Ruskin College 1 Student Sports Science
East Surrey College 1 Student Motor Vehicle Maintenance

For further information on Attainment at The Beckmead Family of Schools, please contact your child’s teacher or Michael Nelson, Head of Beckmead Upper School.

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