The Marvell College Curriculum
The Marvell College aims to provide an education where pupils can explore their own beliefs and values whilst appreciating those of others, develop high personal standards and take time to care for the feelings of other people. We acknowledge the significant contribution made to the school and wider community through the rich variety of cultures and backgrounds represented within our school.
In its widest context the curriculum is everything related to the school including the normal school timetable, the school ethos, what happens during break and lunch times and the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer to our students.
Throughout all lessons, weekly assemblies and daily tutor time we promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those of other faiths or none.
We seek to challenge and encourage each and every student to strive to achieve their full potential. We have flexibility within our curriculum which allows pupils to follow a pathway which is appropriate for them. Many of our students will pursue qualifications in a traditional English Baccalaureate based curriculum. Personalised programmes are put in place for students who may find such a curriculum is not suitable for them. By constantly seeking ways to raise achievement, we seek to develop a curriculum where the needs of every pupil are addressed.
Our pupils benefit from outstanding modern facilities and an environment where specialist learning mentors and teaching assistants lend guidance and support both inside and outside the classroom through our pastoral care system.
Years 7 and 8
In Years 7 and 8 pupils have the same curricular provision, in line with the demands of the National Curriculum:
Art, Computing, Design and Technology, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and Science.
Our PSHCE programme is delivered through tutor groups on collapsed curriculum days and forms an integral part of most other lessons. A range of themes are covered and details of the programme of study are given elsewhere on our website but we pride ourselves on a flexible approach which allows us to respond to local, national and global issues as they arise.
Years 9, 10 and 11
Year 9, 10 and 11 students have a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education and Science.
Students choose their options subjects in Year 8 to commence in Year 9. Most students will continue to study French and either Geography or History allowing them to meet the demands of the English Baccalaureate. Personalised programmes of study are put in place for other students during Years 9, 10 and 11 to enable them to maximise their progress elsewhere in the curriculum.
All students will be able to select option subjects to commence in Year 9 from a range including Art, Art & Design, Business, Computing, Dance, Food & Nutrition, Health & Social Care, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Music, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Product Design, a second Humanities subject. The programmes of study in these subjects are a mixture of GCSE, BTEC and VCert allowing pupils of all abilities and learning styles to access a curriculum that is appropriate to them.
For further information about individual subject areas please visit their pages in the “Curriculum and Options” section of our website.