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Teaching & Learning


Wolfreton aims to offer a balanced and broadly based curriculum that:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students at the school and of society.
  • prepares students at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The curriculum is more than selected content; it is an entire planned learning experience, which includes lessons, events and learning that takes place out of school. All students follow the National Curriculum.

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum includes Art, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History, Maths, Languages, Music, Society and Ethics, PE, Science and Technology. Students at Wolfreton complete their Key Stage 3 in two years, to enable a more personalised approach to their curriculum when they reach Year 9.

In Year 8 students are placed on personalised pathways according to their potential and current progress. Within each pathway students make option choices suited to their individual interests.

A key feature of the curriculum at Wolfreton is the programme of Enrichment Days.  This enables students to focus in depth on a particular subject or learning activity and gives a greater opportunity for the development of personal learning and thinking skills.  There is a full programme of Enrichment Days delivered across the school (Years 7-11) which support the full PSHE offer delivered through lessons and tutor time.

PSHE covers aspects of personal and social development, health, sex and economic education, as well as developing the personal, social and moral education of students.  This is also delivered in part through the subject curriculum in PE, Maths, Science, Humanities and Drama, and on Enrichment Days.

Citizenship is also delivered through other subjects such as Society and Ethics, History and Geography.

Key Stage 4

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is organised to enable students to follow more individual learning programmes that meet their individual needs and aspirations. We provide high quality vocational options, work related learning and work based learning to ensure our students are better prepared for the world of work. Our students have the chance to mix different types of learning, in terms of location of delivery, style of teaching and content.

At Key Stage 4 students are maturing and developing and are more aware of their own strengths and interests. All students make some choices about their programme of study from a diverse selection of opportunities within a broad and balanced framework.

The opportunities provided are part of the overall provision from 14 – 19. Students should see that subjects chosen at Key Stage 4 lead to further opportunities post 16 either in the Sixth Form at Wolfreton or at other post 16 providers. Our BTEC courses help some students experience a different learning environment, and recognise the opportunities for work based learning.

At Key Stage 4 all students must study a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Humanities, Society and Ethics, PE, and PSHEE (health, sex, careers and citizenship). The most able students also follow Separate Sciences and at least one modern foreign language. Students then choose options from a personalised pathway. These cover a wide range of GCSEs including modern languages, expressive arts, technology subjects and vocational courses.

Our aim is to maximise the potential of every student through the opportunities we provide. This may be through studying groups of similar subjects, choosing a vocational pathway, or continuing with a wide range of subjects.

We place a strong emphasis on the value of work related learning. In addition to our Careers Education programme and our work experience provision, students participate in work related learning activities in their Key Stage 4 courses and participate in tasks to develop their enterprise and employability skills.

Key Stage 5

The Key Stage 5 Curriculum at Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College offers students the opportunity to follow their own strengths and interests, building on what they have achieved at Key Stage 4.

Students are able to choose a programme of study from a very wide range of courses including A Levels, Applied A levels and BTECs, which are available both at Wolfreton and in The Consortium.

Our Consortium of schools (Cottingham High School, Hessle High School and Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College) opens up a vast variety of resources for students to develop as individual learners. This increases the number of subjects on offer, and enables students to study a very diverse range of subjects.

The main focus of the curriculum is Level 3 courses; however, some students will need to continue with GCSE English and/or Maths post 16.

The Extended Project Qualification is undertaken by many sixth form students.  This course is designed to help the students develop the necessary skills in research, analysis, problem solving and other independent study skills required by higher education establishments.

At Key Stage 5 Wolfreton aims to maintain the highest standards to encourage every student to achieve their potential. There is also a full range of enrichment opportunities available to students across all three schools, this includes the provision of self-canvassed work experience and bespoke support for future university and training applications.