At SMCC our curriculum is planned and organised to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but it is designed to develop the independence and responsibility of all our pupils. This is achieved through a highly motivated, experienced and pupil centred workforce. We ensure that all children have a broad, balanced and relevant education which provides ample opportunities for continuity and progression in all areas of development. It takes wide ranging individual differences into account, and our creative planning caters for different learning styles, personalities and a range of interests. We work hard to make sure that our pupil’s entitlement to achieve their full potential is realised.
We promote and achieve high levels of progress and success in all spheres is championed. Our curriculum is extended by an array of enrichment activities including day visits, cultural experiences and themed activities/days. Extra-curricular activities also form an important part of the curriculum and we have an array of lunchtime and after school clubs, which are available for many children throughout the school year.
Literacy, Numeracy and personal and social development form the foundations of our entire curriculum. We continue to create a number of different opportunities for pupils to embed fundamental British values and focus on growing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, throughout their time with us. We have a number of strategies to support this which may include workshops, educational visits, residential trips, assemblies, visitors and links with external organisations.
Opportunities for pupils to utilise and develop the fluency of new skills acquired, is integral to planning. Sports and well-being activities are highly valued and we work very hard to allow pupils to participate in a variety of different physical activities, through PE, Sports and Outdoor Learning, we have several highly qualified staff who deliver high quality activities in these fields.
Assessments are integral to planning the next steps of learning, and individual progress is tracked to support this. Various interventions are implemented and suitably tailored for individual needs, providing additional opportunities for pupils to succeed.
South Molton Community College operates a two week timetable (A and B), with lessons split into five 60 minute sessions per day.
See our curriculum policy >
KS3 – Years Seven, Eight and Nine
All students follow a broad ranging curriculum which provides a firm foundation for their chosen Key Stage 4 options. As with all year groups, year 7 – 9 students are continually assessed throughout the Key Stage. Areas of study currently include Art, Design & Technology (D & T), Drama, English, Geography, History, Computing, Mathematics, Modern Languages (French and German), Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science and others.
At the end of Year 8 students will be asked to chose from a suite of D & T subjects and specialise in 3 of their choice.
Students will be taught French and German in year 7. At the end of year 7 they will be asked to specialise in one of these languages.
Students also have the opportunity to take part in field trips, and alternative and extra – curricular activities throughout the year.
The grouping of students is the responsibility of each Head of Department. The general pattern is for students to be taught in mixed ability groups in most subjects. In English, Mathematics, Science, and Modern Languages, in some year groups students are taught in groups of similar ability (called sets).
It is hoped that Key Stage 3 will lay sufficient foundations for the students to choose a sensible, informed and suitable course of study for Years Ten and Eleven. Heads of Departments are always willing to discuss any point of philosophy or detail of the courses they offer.
KS4 – Years Ten and Eleven
Students in Key Stage 4 will continue to study subjects in the National Curriculum. These are: English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. The majority will also have the opportunity to study up to four subjects.
see our Options page for a full list of subjects studied.
At the end of Key Stage 4 the majority of students will take public examinations for GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in the subjects they study. There may also be a small number of students who will study for Entry Level Qualification in some subjects.