Teaching and Curriculum

The curriculum is the content that we deliver across a range of academic and non-academic areas that are designed to broaden our students’ experiences and provide them with a thirst for knowledge. The curriculum promotes British values by helping students to prepare for life in modern Britain and a global society; our Citizenship programme is tailor-made by our leaders and is designed to provoke students into questioning their own place in society, both local, national and global. Students’ physical and sporting skills are developed through a comprehensive programme of activity developed by the PE department. There are also extensive enrichment opportunities (extra-curricular clubs and educational visits) which contribute towards enhancing and extending student learning and experiences.

Learning at Icknield Community College is organised into different areas: English and Modern Foreign Languages; Maths and PE; Science and Technology; Humanities and The Creative Arts. 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 we use the models best suited to our students in order to group them. This includes both mixed ability grouping and streamed groups: we aim to provide the right groupings in each subject for all students, and recognize that this may change over time. Where we do have ability based systems, we review these regularly and will make changes where and when appropriate (in conjunction with conversations with students and parents) to ensure that we have the best provision for the learning needs of all students.

At Key Stage 4 students are streamed for English, Maths and Science and again, we will monitor these groupings and make any adjustments that are best for students following consultation with students and parents.

Individual subjects provide details on their own particular curriculum offerings under the Subjects tab of this website. Just click on a subject and you will see outlines of our ethos followed by documents giving a detailed breakdown off the different units studied throughout the year.

We communicate regularly with parents regarding students’ progress, and a main vehicle for this is at Key Stage 3 is our assessment and feedback sheet model which can be viewed here: https://www.icknield.oxon.sch.uk/student-information/assessment-feedback We also feedback to parents regularly about the progress of Key Stage 4 students, and our KS4 assessment calendar can be viewed on the same page.

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Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school leadership. (Ofsted 2015)


 


 

 
 

The quality of teaching is good overall and there is some that is outstanding including in mathematics, English, science, geography, physical education, textiles and citizenship. (Ofsted 2015)