Teaching and Curriculum

The curriculum is broad and balanced and provides a thirst for knowledge. The curriculum promotes British values by helping students to prepare for life in modern Britain and a global society.  Students’ physical and sporting skills are developed through a comprehensive programme of activity developed by the PE department. There are extensive enrichment opportunities (extra-curricular clubs and educational visits) which contribute well towards enhancing and extending student learning and experiences.

Learning at Icknield Community College is organised into four faculties: English and Modern Foreign Languages; Science and Technology; Humanities and Arts; and Maths and PE. Across both Key Stages, the focus at Icknield is on the individual, ensuring the necessary challenge and appropriate support to ensure every student achieves his or her potential at every stage in every area of the curriculum.

At Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9), 80% of subjects, including all academic subjects, are taught in sets. This enables students of all ability levels to be taught at an appropriate pace. Students are not streamed (i.e. in the same sets for all subjects), but set according to their strengths in each individual subject. Sets are reviewed on a half termly basis and students can move up or down sets according to the progress they are making. 

At Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11), students are set for the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and RE. We offer a wide range of GCSE options. A small number of students study vocational courses in off-site settings.

Information about the curriculum can be found by clicking on individual subjects where course maps can be found for each year group. In addition, curriculum information is shared with parents during Information Evenings. The PowerPoint’s from these evenings can be found by selecting ‘Information Evenings’ under the ‘School Information’ tab.

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Student view



Teachers have good subject knowledge and plan lessons which motivate students to learn. (Ofsted 2015)