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Our Approach to the Curriculum

Students at The Thomas Aveling School follow a very broad and balanced curriculum.  The Arts, Sport and Personal Development are valued highly.  We want students to be able to follow their own interests and use their talents to the full and have designed a curriculum to enable this to happen.

We have an extended Key Stage 4 to allow students to choose subjects they have a greater interest in, but by our restriction of “allowed combinations” students will often study at least 1 EBACC option in addition to other subjects in our wide option offer.   Each year approximately half of the year study Geography, a similar proportion will study History and a smaller, but still significant, group will study one of the 3 languages we offer with excellent results.  We also offer an alternative curriculum that meets the needs of those children who need a little extra support in their studies.

The Key Stage 4 curriculum has a variety of academic and vocational qualifications for students to choose from to allow them to develop a wide range of skills necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing world.  Many students combine one vocational subject with their academic choices.

We are very pleased with our wide offer of vocational and academic qualifications in the 6th form – all at level 3.  Over half of each cohort of Year 11s stay with us to complete further study before applying for university or higher level apprenticeships and professions.  Those unable to stay with us, or who already know the career they want are supported in their applications to local colleges.

Nearly all students leave us to engage in further education, apprenticeships or training, very few are NEET at the point of leaving us.

In addition to the examined curriculum, we also offer many opportunities for children to engage in extra-curricular activities throughout the year.  These include Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards, sports teams, arts clubs, coding clubs and various trips far and near to generate an understanding of their position in the world and a further enjoyment of learning.