At King’s Norton Boys’ School, we have designed our curriculum with our students’ learning at the centre. We have devised an ambitious curriculum that provides a broad and balanced education for all our students, and it has been designed to give all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life, both academically and personally.
Our school motto, Humani Semper Contendimus, ‘we humans are always striving’, drives us in providing the best quality education for our boys, as does the understanding that ‘we are all learners’.
We are proud of the opportunities available to students at KNBS and we offer our students a wide range of new and exciting experiences in the classroom, form room and through extra-curricular activities that are designed to build Self-discipline, Teamwork, Resilience, Initiative, Vision and Endeavour. These are our core STRIVE values.
We believe that the most effective way of preparing our students for our rapidly changing world is to provide them with a holistic education, covering a wide range of disciplines and subjects. Our curriculum ensures that students follow a rigorous pathway that is balanced between traditional academic subjects and the more creative, practical subjects. Our provision at each Key Stage ensures that students are fully prepared for the next stage of their education and lives.
The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced to facilitate the accumulation of sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment, and it offers them excellent opportunities to develop as individuals, as well as learners. Focus on the acquisition of key skills, such as literacy and oracy, are woven into our curriculum. Maths remains a strength, and we are now focused on developing consistency in mathematical practices across the curriculum. Where some students require additional support to develop the skills needed to fully access the curriculum, we endeavour to provide this in a timely, appropriate manner. Our Curriculum Leaders regularly review and adapt their sequencing of lessons to ensure that all students are appropriately supported and challenged.
We require all students to gain a secure understanding of the knowledge specified in the curriculum for each year and, we believe, a three-year Key Stage 3 provides our students with the breadth and space to achieve this.
The KS3 curriculum offers a variety of subjects and learning opportunities to deepen their educational experience and build a solid foundation of subject knowledge and skills. Students study a full range of academic and creative subjects. English, maths and science are given a prominent share of curriculum time, with humanities and languages also studied by all. Computer science, RE, music, art, technology (including food) and drama add further variety and challenge, and with two hours of active PE per week, boys have a rich, healthy and varied diet. Personal Development is integral in many curriculum areas at times throughout the year and is also delivered in a dedicated lesson for one hour, per week for Year 7 and two within the carousel for Year 8 and 9 where we aim to prepare our students for life in a diverse, modern Britain.
Pathways are tailored and structured to meet the specific needs of our students who continue to study the core curriculum subjects, but also four option subjects from the beginning of year 10. Students and their parents are supported during the options process in Year 9 via a dedicated options evening and a parents’ consultation evening with our options structured to allow students free choice. Subjects offered continue the philosophy of providing a rigorous and meaningful curriculum for our students. A good proportion of boys study the full suite of EBacc subjects, and all vocational courses feature on the DfE list of approved qualifications. This ensures that students leave KNBS with qualifications that will serve them well as they embark upon their next steps.
Students continue to enjoy regular active PE, assemblies and a Personal Development programme that continues to contribute to student well-being and help them prepare for their next steps in life as they mature.
Our intent is that the Curriculum:
- Provides a broad, rich and challenging curriculum that is truly comprehensive and fully accessible to all our students, one which develops independent and aspirational learners
- Builds on students’ prior learning and offers an increasing level of challenge to maximise progress
- Prioritises the teaching and use of disciplinary literacy to enable our students to perform like experts in their subject fields
- Promotes the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of our differences
- Develops students’ cultural capital by providing a range of intellectual and cultural opportunities
- Enables high standards of academic achievement where outcomes empower students to progress to Further Education opportunities
- Equips all of our students, regardless of their starting points, with fundamental, life-long, transferable skills, both academic and personal in nature
- Prepares students for the responsibilities and challenges of adult life
- Fosters a strength of character, and resilience that will help students to cope with choices and overcome the challenges they are likely to encounter in life.
- Develops kind, thoughtful and respectful citizens who have a strong sense of self-worth and emotional resilience
- Cultivates in our students a strong sense of pride and belonging in our school that enables them to make a positive contribution to their community.
Our Assessment and Feedback Strategy supports our Curriculum Intent by ensuring teachers can:
- Accurately assess students’ subject knowledge and understanding
- Provide timely feedback to students
- Identify errors and misconceptions and ensure that these are swiftly addressed.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Article 29 states that education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures and the environment. We will not allow any attempts to narrow the curriculum, or to deny our children and young people their right to education.