The aim of our provision is to develop young people who have a strong academic skillset, a well-developed moral compass and the ability to make positive choices and make a positive contribution to the wider community.
Our broad and balanced curriculum, starts by providing young children with a combination of strong academic, personal and international learning through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). International mindedness goes on to be developed through citizenship lessons and a diverse enrichment programme. The strong academic focus can result in the achievement of the English Baccalaureate.
We know that when children start school in Reception they have already learned a great deal so our baseline assessment will enable us to help them make progress from where they are. Similarly, when pupils arrive in Year 7 we will ensure that progress is made from their Year 6 assessments.
As part of the curriculum offer, pupils at City Gates School will participate in up to 3 hours of Enrichment and/or service to the community each week depending on their age. There will be opportunities to take part in a sports club, community service, and an academic/creative activity. The school day will be extended on three days each week for this purpose.
Through the Enrichment Programme we plan to provide opportunities for pupils to practice and demonstrate their academic learning in a non-academic setting as part of a team or as a leader managing a team. Our aim is that all CGS pupils will take responsibility for their own learning, enjoy challenges and develop the confidence necessary for further and higher education or the world of work.
There will also be a number of flexible Enrichment Days planned each year. These days will consist of a mixture of themed days, educational visits, sports tournaments, catch up classes and whole days in which a broad topic e.g. ‘Feed the World’ is explored.
The key aims of the Enrichment working partnerships / societies will be to:
• Promote an age-related awareness of how to recognise and respond to the needs of society at large.
• Learn from working with experienced providers/ facilitators.
• Develop team-player skills: building relationships while trouble-shooting and problem-solving.
• Develop tenacity: the quality of following a project through from start to finish with the satisfaction of producing a worthwhile end product.