North Bromsgrove High School provides a rich and ambitious 13-18 curriculum, which embodies the school motto ‘Studies Determine Character’. It equips students with the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue their goals and aspirations to go on to be successful citizens and make a positive contribution to society.
Our curriculum has been identified as a strength by OFSTED: “The curriculum is broad and balanced and contributes well to the development of pupils’ academic progress and personal development.”
We want students to enjoy learning and achieve the grades that reflect their potential. We offer a variety of qualifications, which meet national requirements and cater for all our students. On entry, students consolidate and develop their Key Stage Three curriculum learning alongside following seven-week taster experiences for our Key Stage Four qualifications. North Bromsgrove offers a 2.5-year GCSE programme, meaning students commence their formal GCSE study in February of Year 9. Decisions about subject choices are made through our Options process – a range of events, guidance and support allowing students and their parent(s)/carer(s) to make informed choices, which help set the foundations for future study or employment. We are ambitious for all our learners and provide personalised provision for any student who requires additional support.
We recommend that students who have a specific career or vocation in mind, particularly those who wish to go to university seek advice from the school, their form tutor or the website www.ucas.com. Our inclusive and forward-thinking Sixth Form should be the ambition for the vast majority of our students and our curriculum is built with this in mind.
We place a strong emphasis on students having the necessary skills they need to have ready for when they leave us. At the heart of our curriculum is a key focus on English and maths as these subjects provide the foundation for all learning. Students must also study GCSE science and have non-examined PE and CARE (PSHCE) sessions as part of core national curriculum guidelines. Our compulsory Religious Education (RE) provision is studied up until February of year 9 and is also supplemented through assemblies, specific tutor time input and external speakers.
Full details of our options process and the courses offered is available through downloading our Options booklet for 2020-2021 students below. A list of the wide range courses available in each year group that lead to our broad and balanced curriculum can be found here.