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The Sussex Learning Trust aims to play an integral part in providing the highest possible educational opportunities for children and young people in Sussex via a network of Academies committed to partnership working for the benefit of pupils and students

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GCSE results 2018: The proportion of students who achieved both English and Maths at grade 9-4 is a truly impressive 79%!GCSE results 2018: 30% of grades achieved were the top 9-7 grades!OUTSTANDING: Personal development, behaviour and welfare (Ofsted, 2017)“Governors and staff promote positive relationships combined with high aspirations for themselves and pupils” (Ofsted, 2017)"The behaviour of pupils is outstanding" (Ofsted, 2017)Open Morning Tours commence on Monday 17 September and run through to the end of the preference window in October. Tours will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during this period. All tours start at 9 am and booking is essential. Please book via our Reception team on 01444 457881GCSE results 2018: English, 90% / Maths 82% achieved a grade of 9-4OUTSTANDING: Effectiveness of leadership and management (Ofsted, 2017)..the school's culture of respect for all and positive relationships, summarised succinctly in "do your best and be nice" (Ofsted, 2017)

Our broad, balanced curriculum provides opportunities for every student to follow courses appropriate to their aspirations and ability. The curriculum also develops each student’s personal learning and thinking skills, giving them the opportunity to be creative, independent, and reflective, a self-manager, an effective participant and a team player. We have special provision for highly able students, and those with special educational needs.

For more detailed information please visit our dedicated options website: https://sites.google.com/wardenparkradio.net/keystage4options/welcome-summer-term

On this website you will find details of pathways studied at Key Stage 4, options forms which you can download, and information about our Twilight Curriculum.

KEY STAGE 3

In the first two years all students currently follow a common curriculum based on the National Curriculum. This includes courses in:

  • English and Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art and design
  • Design technology, including food technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information and communications technology (ICT) including computing
  • Modern foreign languages (French or Spanish)
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Learning about Life including Religious, personal, social and vocational education (including citizenship, careers education and health education)

*Some students may access literacy support throughout their key stage 3 curriculum also.

Students are placed in sets according to ability for English during Year 7.  For most other subjects, learning takes place in mixed groups with tasks being made available for students of different ability as appropriate. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

We believe that it is important for students to understand the significance of religion and the guidance religious faith offers on many of the issues of today’s world. Our programme of religious, personal and social education incorporates the West Sussex “agreed syllabus” for religious education. This includes the opportunity for students to follow a GCSE course in religious studies.

Academy assemblies include the celebration of religious festivals and the discussion of moral and spiritual issues within a broadly Christian context.  

You have the right to withdraw your child from any element of Religious Education and/or Collective Worship.  Application to do so should be made to the Headteacher via admin@wardenpark.co.uk

PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Warden Park has increasingly strong links with leading independent schools in the area including: Ardingly, Brighton College; Burgess Hill School for Girls and Hurst College. We encourage Warden Park students to apply for scholarships to these independent fee-paying schools for their 6th form education should this be appropriate to their needs and aspirations. 

KEY STAGE 4

In Key Stage 4 the curriculum becomes more flexible and differentiated. Since September 2017 students follow a three year key stage 4. This enables students to personalise their learning at an earlier stage and enhance students’ knowledge and understanding throughout their chosen pathways. The core or entitlement curriculum includes the following subjects most of which lead to a GCSE qualification or the equivalent:

  • English Language & English Literature
  • Mathematics (Some students may also study an advanced mathematics qualification alongside their Mathematics GCSE).
  • Science GCSE. (Students are able to study for separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics through our “triple science” course. It is our expectation that majority of students will achieve all 3 separate science. 
  • At least 1 of; geography, history, a modern foreign language or computer science
  • Physical education
  • Learning about Life

Students can follow further courses to match their interests, skills and aspirations. These include:

  • Art, Craft & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Child Development*
  • Computing
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Media Production*
  • Dance
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

 *Some of our courses lead to the awarding of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) or BTEC.

TWILIGHT CURRICULUM

Students entering Years 9 and 10 are invited to apply to one of our programmes that are offered as part of the Twilight Curriculum.  The Twilight Curriculum consists of both academic and non academic qualifications that are available for students to undertake in addition to their regular studies.  Upon successful completion of programmes, students receive formal accreditation.

Students are invited to apply in the Summer term and must make formal applications to do so.

We offer:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education
  • GCSE Latin
  • AS Level Computing
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Young Enterprise
  • Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)

For current information please visit our dedicated KS4 options website

https://sites.google.com/wardenparkradio.net/keystage4options/welcome-summer-term

Courses offered are reviewed annually; please do feel free to provide comments or suggestions to kfitzgerald@wardenpark.co.uk.