Mission Statement: Academic excellence within a strong community of equality and respect, where potential and opportunity are realised.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
Martin Luther King Jr
“Learning happens when people have to think hard”
Through our curriculum, we aim to deliver a broad and balanced educational experience; we believe depth is equally important to enable the levels of understanding and knowledge that epitomise an excellent education. It is our long held view that education must challenge young people to think, analyse, evaluate and create. George Abbot School students, typically, join the school at the end of KS2 with average point scores higher than those nationally. With this context in mind, our curriculum has the following characteristics:
- At KS3, students study a core academic curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, ICT, RE and Language. In addition to this, all students access PE and Arts (including Textiles, Drama and Graphics). Students select their language choice prior to arriving in Year 7.
- 50 period timetable over two weeks.
- Hour long lessons, with some double lessons at GCSE and A Level.
- Students complete up to 11 GCSEs (current Year 9’s and up, students in current Year 8 will only complete up to 10 GCSEs. See Curriculum booklet below for more details).
- Choice of three languages at KS3, with the option to additionally study a 2nd language in Year 9.
- 3 year KS4 – 5 option choices to retain breadth but enable depth of study. Students in Year 8 now choose 5 option choices to study in Year 9 and at the end of Year 9 they will “drop” one of these choices and in Year 10 will study 4.
- KS4 pathway model – 4 routes.
- Vocational options at KS4 including, Hair and Beauty, Child Development, Construction, Cambridge National PE.
- Vocational options at KS5 including BTECs in Science, Business, Sport and an A-Level in Child Development.
- An A-Level offer of 38 subjects in addition.
- KS5 pathway model – 4 routes, retaining the ability to study and sit exams in 4 A-Levels.
- AS levels are retained in some subjects and are taken by students who wish to cease studying 1 of their 4 A-Levels at the end of Year 12.
- A strong enrichment programme at KS5 including the option to study EPQ, critical thinking, Sports Community Sports Leadership Award (CSLA), programmes of peer tutoring and peer mentoring.
To find out more about the Curriculum our school follows, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 9-11 Curriculum Booklet 2021-2024
Please note, in the parent presentation which supplements this booklet, it states students can achieve 11 GCSEs, however, this information is incorrect. Students currently in Year 8 will be able to achieve a maximum of 10 GCSEs. The information in the Curriculum Booklet is correct.
KS5 OPTION CHOICES
In this section you can access our Sixth Form Prospectus which gives you an overview of the aims and ethos of our Sixth Form community and how our curriculum works. You can also access our Subject Guide which will give you detailed information on each individual subject that we offer to ensure you select the right courses for you.
SIXTH FORM PROSPECTUS
SIXTH FORM SUBJECT GUIDE
Inter Faith Week
Students in Years 7-9 have been taking part in a virtual Inter Faith Week during their RE lessons.
Students had the opportunity to hear from local speakers about their beliefs and values and to hear speakers representing different faith communities and beliefs. They discussed some big questions such as, how do you know what you believe is true? What impact has COVID-19 had on your community? Is war ever right? What does your religion/belief teach about gender? We also spoke about diversity within traditions and how others might answer the same question differently.
In addition, we ran a live virtual Q&A session with these speakers for a group of students in Year 9. These students had the opportunity to ask the speakers some of their own brilliant and thoughtful questions.
We have been so impressed at the way the students have engaged with the discussions in RE lessons this week and the feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive.
We are incredibly grateful to the Surrey Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education (SACRE) and all the speakers for their time in making the videos and for taking part in the live session too!
Black History Month
Students and staff supported Black History Month in October. The theme for this year was ‘Dig Deeper, Look Closer, Think Bigger’.
Lessons explored the lives and works of artists, scientists, writers, singers and playwrights, amongst others, to develop our community’s awareness and knowledge of black history in Britain.
Students also received an assembly from the History Department on the Bristol Bus Boycotts; a poignant reminder of the civil rights battles that were fought in this country.
Additionally, Mrs Rose our Information Centre Manager, produced a fabulous display of books and information in The Gallery. The display includes information on key moments in Black British History, Movers and Shakers in society, Poets and Writers and Global icons. See images below.