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At Westlands, we believe in the importance of both a traditional academic curriculum, that gives students the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens, and a curriculum that promotes our RADAR values, (respect, achievement, diversity, aspiration and resilience). By focusing on these principles, our students are fully prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences needed to gain qualifications and to enrich their later lives.
We aim to inspire a curiosity in all our students, and a desire to discover answers and seek solutions. We use driving questions in all key stages to develop our students’ ability to think independently, creatively and holistically.
The balanced and broad curriculum we offer at Westlands has been carefully designed to ensure the incremental development of both knowledge and skills. But, at the heart of our curriculum is a clear focus on the core knowledge, (which centres on literary, numeracy and reading skills), needed by all students, no matter what their personal barriers, to make good progress.
Key Stage 3 (KS3) students, (Years 7 – 9), build on their existing understanding and develop a range of new skills. All students study a full range of subjects:
They also have regular Community Time, where they explore our RADAR values in more depth.
All students in Key Stage 4 study English Literature, English Language, Mathematics, Science, History/Geography, Statistics, PE and Values. Students are encouraged also to study a Modern Foreign Language, (ensuring they have the EBacc qualification), but we allow students to decide which subjects they would like to specialise in; tailoring their studies to match their career aspirations and personal strengths. Students can choose from:
Westlands works in partnership with The Sittingbourne School to increase the range of subjects available to all students from both schools. Our school currently offers Level 3 course, which include:
Students are also encouraged to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a self-directed and self-motivated project which helps prepare them for future Undergraduate study.
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* All pupils pick either Geography or History as one of their option choices.