The curriculum at The Cooper School is exemplified by our mission statement ‘Dream big, work hard, be kind’. We separate our INTENT into aims for the school and objectives for the students in the following areas and these are the backbone of our curriculum philosophy at TCS:
What are the routines of TCS lessons? The Core Expectations
6. Marking and feedback: students should know what they should have achieved and how to improve through response tasks. Assessment books/folders or sections of folders should be available as much as possible for students to be reminded of their progress and always shown to observers. It must be clear to see in students’ books what progress they have made over time
Curriculum implementation and organisation
At TCS, the Key Stages are as follows:
Key Stage 3: Years 7-8;
Key Stage 4: Years 9-11;
Key Stage 5: Years 12-13
Curriculum hours per fortnight
Key Stage 4
All KS5 subjects are given 5 teaching hours per week. The only exception is Core Maths which is an AS subject only and is granted 3 hours of teaching per week. A small number of P16 students who resit Maths and English are supported through teaching from Maths and English teachers.
Key Stage 3 Statement (Intent and Implementation)
Intent: to develop the knowledge and skills needed to prepare students for key stage 4 whilst providing a curriculum that is appropriate, challenging and broad
Key Stage 4 and 5 Statements (Intent and Implementation)
Intent: to offer students breath of choice to suit their needs, interests and skills without narrowing the curriculum; to minimise Year 11 examination stress for students in order to support their mental well being; to offer rich and specialised learning at key stage 5 in order to prepare students for ambitious future choices
Development of personal character, resilience and motivation
Intent: to equip students with the skills for life-long learning; to develop the personal character, resilience and motivation of students to become effective citizens who contribute positively to the values of the UK and the communities in which they live
Impact of the curriculum: how does it prepare students for their next stages?
KS3 Impact: Our year 7 and 8 curriculum prepares students in knowledge and skill development for their future courses. Year 9 is a pivotal time in many subjects, where a transition is made between skills which are necessary for GCSE and those which are acquired during Key stage 3, enabling a natural transition between the key stages. Internal assessments allow us to know our students’ strengths and weaknesses and guide them to improve and chose appropriate options in year 9
KS5 Impact: Our excellent ALPS data and destination data for the end of P16 suggest that our curriculum is suitable for preparing students well to take their places on university courses, apprenticeships and employment. The percentage of our students attending top third universities and staying in employment or education for at least two terms after level 3 study is consistently higher than both the national and local averages.