Curriculum Overview

At Goffs, we believe in a broad and balanced approach to our curriculum, to ensure that students are engaged, make excellent progress, and are fully prepared for the next steps in their education or career. At KS3 (Year 7 and 8), students study a full programme of subjects, including both academic and creative subjects, including Technology, Drama, Art and Music. Students also have dedicated Literacy lessons, and 'Learning Power' lessons to develop key learning habits which are valuable for all subjects.

At KS4 (which students start in Year 9), we offer a very broad list of 'option' subjects alongside the 'core' subjects of English, Maths, Science, PE (practical) and ICT/Computing. Pathways and option choices are personalised for each student. The majority of students follow the EBacc pathway (including a modern foreign language and History/Geography, in addition to the Core subjects), as we believe this provides them with the best stepping stones to progress to the route of their choice. All students are able to select at least two additional option subjects. In Year 9, students have the opportunity to select from several ‘Motiv8’ options, which allows them to explore an area of interest to them without any pressure to study for an exam or qualification; this is a hugely popular part of the curriculum and the options currently include First Aid, Dance, Sports Coaching and Chef School.

In the Sixth Form, study programmes are designed to provide students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their future career plans. Students have a large selection of 30+ subjects to choose from. We also run the Goffs Business and Sports Academies and students have the option to take the EPQ.

All study programmes:

  • include one or more academic, applied or vocational qualification that stretch the student and link clearly to training, employment or higher education
  • require students who do not have GCSE grade 4 or more in maths or English to work towards the achievement of these qualifications
  • allow for other non-qualification activity to develop students' personal skills and prepare them for employment, training or higher/further education

If you would like to know more about our curriculum arrangements, please contact Mark Ellis, Vice Principal: mel@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Below is a high-level overview of our curriculum and the qualifications offered during each Key Stage.

 

Documents

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Curriculum Summary 2018 19 28th Aug 2018 Download
KS3 Subjects 2018 19 28th Aug 2018 Download
KS4 Subjects 2018 19 28th Aug 2018 Download
KS5 Subjects 2018 19 28th Aug 2018 Download