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Curriculum & Options at The Marvell College

The Marvell College aims to provide an education where students 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. 

This is underpinned by our PRIDE values; Polite, Restorative, Inclusive, Determined and Excellence everywhere.  Students receive PRIDE points in each lesson every day for living out these values.  Additional community PRIDE points can be earned throughout the day by students who make a positive contribution to our school community.

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 students to follow a pathway which is appropriate for them.  Most of our students will pursue qualifications as part of 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 student are addressed. 

Our students 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.

The PSHCE programme is delivered through our tutor system each term during periods where we collapse the timetable and suspend normal lessons.  Details of the topics planned are detailed within the PSHCE section of our website.  We regularly review our programme ensuring that we respond to local issues as and when they arise and that the topics covered remain relevant to those within our school community.

If you require any further information please contact your child's Head of Year. Contact us

Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8 students 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.

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 2 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 and BTEC allowing students of all abilities and learning styles to access a curriculum that is appropriate to them.  

Curriculum Hours Allocations

The table below gives details of the hours currently allocated to each subject area in each year.  These hours are subject to change and should act only as a guide.  *Students will choose either Geography or History for examination at the end of Year 10. 

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

English

4

4

4

4

4

Maths

4

4

4

4

4

Science

3

2

4

4

5

Core PE

2

2

2

2

2

French

2

2

2

2

4

Geography*

2

2

3

3

 

History*

2

2

 

RE

1

2

2

2

2

Music

1

1

 

 

 

Drama

1

1

 

 

 

Art

1

1

 

 

 

DT

1

1

 

 

 

Computing

1

1

 

 

 

Option 1

 

 

2

2

2

Option 2

 

 

2

2

2

For further information about individual subject areas please visit their pages in the “Curriculum and Options” section of our website.

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