Moulton School is a community school, based around a number of villages. At the heart of our ethos is the concept of an extended family, primarily founded in the House structure and designed to draw students from a variety of backgrounds and communities together. When the school was founded in the 1950s, the school badge asked students to ‘fill the unforgiving minute’ through academic pursuits, service to the community and cultural endeavours, something now represented through the Aspire ethos. We aim to build a curriculum that represents this, giving students the opportunity to achieve academically, but also to build their personal abilities in order for them to build a better future as positive and active citizens.
Our ‘ASPIRE’ Strive for great things ethos:
- Service to the community
- Pride and determination
- Individual responsibility
- Respect, courtesy and consideration
- Excellence and high expectations
- Ensure all students have access to a fair and ambitious curriculum that is inclusive and allows all students to achieve.
- Teach a broad curriculum so that students are given the opportunity to engage and succeed in a wide variety of subjects and specialisms including EBacc and other subjects.
- Sequence the curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built upon in a logical and coherent manner to ensure long term retention and deep knowledge and understanding.
- Promote British values such as: standing up for equality, tolerance of different cultures and respect for the law.
- Develop students’ intellectual, physical and personal skills and wellbeing through the delivery of SMSC, employability skills, healthy lifestyles and relationships.
- Help students understand their local community and environment.
- Ensure that students are accurately assessed and that students are supported to achieve their full potential.
- Support staff in managing their workload, through high quality, detailed schemes of learning and ongoing professional development.
- To proactively identify and encompass the needs of disadvantaged students, ensuring that all students have the cultural capital required to succeed once they leave school.
- To proactively identify and encompass the needs of those students requiring special provision, including: Education, Health and Care Plan and those who are high starters in each key stage.
Pupils’ personal development is an integral and important part of Moulton’s aims and is taught through academic lessons, including Form time and Lifeskills (PSHE) and through enrichment activities.
In particular the ASPIRE ethos promotes:
- Service to the community.
- Individual responsibility and respect.
- Courtesy and consideration.
In addition, we are committed to ensuring we deliver these vital components:
- Ensure students are able to stay safe and healthy (physically, mentally and online).
- Develop pupils’ character to build positive citizens including: Building self-knowledge, self-esteem and confidence. Developing resilience and the ability to ask questions and deal with barriers to learning. Understanding how to learn and problem solve.
- Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) education: Social = interacting with others, co-operation, resolving differences and showing empathy. Moral = reflecting on moral choice in a rational manner, understanding right and wrong and taking responsibility for our actions. Spiritual = developing an enjoyment and eagerness to learn, being reflective and having a balanced perspective on life. Cultural = experiencing different cultures, sharing common cultural values and participating positively.
- British Values:
- Having respect for the rule of law and understanding that it is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
That students can influence decision-making through democratic processes and that bodies such as courts are independent.
- That students are free to choose faiths and beliefs and that this is protected in law.
- That people having different faiths and beliefs should be accepted, respected and tolerated.
- That it is important to identify and combat discrimination (gender, race, disability) and that all pupils should be treated equally.
- Employability, functional skills and careers-based learning, communication, resilience, financial management, organisation, independence, research, showing initiative, problem solving, literacy, numeracy and using technology.
- Give pupils an understanding of the local, national and international community and the importance of supporting these including local charity initiatives as well as global issues such as sustainability and global warming.
The school offers a 3 year KS3. Students start their GCSE options in June in Year 9.
Across years 7, 8 and 9 we offer a broad variety of academic disciplines, including humanities, languages, design and arts subjects delivered. Lifeskills (PSHE) and RE are taught through weekly timetabled lessons.
Each department offers a relevant curriculum that challenges, differentiates and develops knowledge. It is expected that all students will follow a full curriculum at Key Stage 3.
Subjects taught including teaching periods per fortnight in Year 7, 8 and 9
(separately given if different):
- English – 7,8,8
- Maths - 7
- Science - 6
- MFL – 5, 4, 4 (Students are given a choice in year 6 and before joining of choosing either French or Spanish as a language).
- Design & Technology - 3 (Design is taught as Resistant Materials, Textiles and Food on a rotation to allow access to specialised equipment and facilities)
- PE - 4
- Geography - 3
- History - 3
- Art - 2
- Drama - 2
- RE - 2
- Music - 2
- IT - 2
- Life Skills – 2 (Life Skills comprises personal, social, health and economic development alongside British Values, Sex and Relationships Education and Careers & Higher Education guidance).
Core subjects make up 30 lessons a week including 8 lessons of English, 7 of Maths, 9 of Science and 2 lessons of PE for all students. Lifeskills (PSHE) and Ethics (including the Religious studies requirement) are taught through timetabled lessons once a fortnight.
Four options subjects are chosen and make up the remaining 20 lessons per fortnight. From 2023, Triple Science will be available as a chosen option. A small group of students also take Curriculum Studies instead of one of these options.
All students must take either History or Geography and high ability students are strongly encouraged to take a language and fulfil the requirements of the EBacc. We believe that requiring students to study these subjects ensures that they continue to cover a broad Curriculum and is the best preparation for the next stage in their career or educational pathway. Our options process is student-led and the classes provided changes to match the wishes of the pupils. We also constantly review our subject offer and have expanded the subject choices over recent years, adding GCSE PE, IT (Creative IMedia), Computer Science and a vocational Business course (Enterprise BTEC). From 2023 we hope to offer Photography.
Subjects taught including teaching periods per fortnight in Year 10 and 11:
- English - 8
- Maths - 7
- Science - 9
- Core PE - 4
- Life Skills - 1 (Comprises personal, social, health and economic development alongside British Values, Sex and Relationships Education and Careers & Higher Education guidance.
- Ethics - This comprises the religious education requirement of the course but also develops pupils awareness of morality and the community).
Option subjects - 5 (4 subjects chosen from)
- Computer Science
- Design & Technology (Resistant Materials or Textiles)
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Religious Studies
- Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) (from 2023-24)
- Business BTEC
- Health & Social Care BTEC
- PE BTEC
- iMedia Cambridge National
All courses are taught through 10 hours of subject time per fortnight, 9 in taught lessons and 1 in independent study lessons in the Sixth Form’s dedicated Library. In some subjects such as Languages and Drama, this ratio is adjusted to allow us to offer courses with small class sizes that we might not be otherwise able to run. In some subjects, a small number of lessons are presently run as joint year 12 and 13 classes (This currently only applies to 2 lessons of Art). Extended project is offered as an additional course in year 12 and Core Maths is offered across years 12 and 13. The options process for the Sixth Form is pupil-centred, without set blocks and each year the subject offer is changed to match the wishes of the pupils. We also constantly review the subject offer, adding Criminology and Government and Politics, as well as Core Maths over recent years.
Subjects taught including teaching periods per fortnight:
- All subjects have 9 hours of teaching per fortnight with 1 hour of independent study
- Extended Project / Core Maths - 4 in Year 12
- Lifeskills - 45 minutes per week (Life Skills comprises personal, social, health and economic development alongside British Values, Sex and Relationships Education and Careers & Higher Education guidance. This is taught in a weekly dedicated lesson.