At Belmont, we deliver the National Curriculum at Key Stages One, Two and Three, tailoring it where necessary to meet the specific needs of our pupils. The school places great emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills. The curriculum is designed:
- To provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve.
- To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Pupils are encouraged to learn through the use of a broad curriculum, whilst individual programmes of learning and behavioural support are designed to encourage success and aid the development of self-esteem. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is supported in a number of ways including direct teaching, the promotion of the school ethos of mutual respect and trust, educational visits and individual tutorial sessions.
During Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, pupils study the three core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science. In addition they study Computer Science, European Studies, History, Geography, PSCHE/Life skills, Religious Education, Art, Design and Technology, Careers, Topic and PE. Year 9 pupils also have a Vocational package included in their timetable- a carousel of Horticulture, Building and Construction, Manufacturing and Wood Working, Motor Vehicle Studies & Licence to cook lessons and a broad life skills package are also on offer.
Strategies to promote literacy and numeracy across the curriculum are key to our success. Pupils who need individual support to enable them to become more competent in literacy and numeracy are provided with 1-1 sessions with specialist staff to achieve this.
During Key Stage 4 pupils also follow the National Curriculum. However they are currently dis-applied from studying a Modern Foreign Language to enable them to follow a rapidly developing work related curriculum. All pupils study English, Maths, Science, ICT, PSCHE/life skills, (including RE), Humanities, Careers Education, Art and PE.
All pupils also are offered the opportunity to take part in Outdoor Adventure activities which may include, canoeing, hill walking, survival training, camp craft, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling.
Typical School Day
This is what a typical school day at Belmont looks like:
- 8.30 – 8.55: Your taxi drops you off, we have a brew, cereal and toast if you want, take the register and make any announcements. We also ask you what you would like to eat at lunch time.
- 8.55 – 9.40: Lesson One
- 9.40 – 10.25: Lesson Two
- 10.25 – 10.45: Morning Break – With a selection of supervised activities
- 10.45 – 11.30: Lesson Three
- 11.30 – 12.15: Lesson Four
- 12.15 – 12.45: Lunch – great food, big portions and lots of choice!
- 12.45 – 1.15: Break – more fun with your friends!
- 1.15 – 2.05: Lesson Five
- 2.05 – 2.55: Lesson Six
- 3.00: Home Time – your taxis pick you up – see you tomorrow!
Vocational Links and Work Experience
At Belmont, we have a fantastic Vocational Educational programme, which both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils have access to. We have a large Horticulture area in the grounds and a whole building dedicated to maintenance workshops and building/construction.
The cookery and life skills department delivers “Licence to cook” awards and teaches independent living skills.
Strong links have been developed with Accrington and Rossendale College for pupils in Key Stage 4. A number of pupils from Years 10 and 11 attend the college for a day a week, undertaking certificated courses suited to their own individual interests and skills. Additionally, Key Stage 4 pupils have the opportunity to attend the college for a block of half day sessions.
Each pupil in Year 11 completes a two-week work experience placement in their local area, organised by school through local authority provisions. The school is regularly visited by outside speakers and colleges to ensure pupils are fully informed of the choices available to them when leaving school. Each pupil at Key Stage 4 is given full career guidance by a resident advisor. The school prides itself on equipping pupils with the necessary skills and qualifications and is extremely proud of its proven track record of ensuring pupils are able to move on to appropriate training or education upon leaving Belmont.
Beyond the Classroom
Pupils undertake a number of educational visits during the school year. These include visits to museums and field trips to support curriculum subjects. In Year 9 pupils take part in visits to a variety of industrial settings to give them some insight into working life before moving into Key Stage 4. In Year 11 all pupils are provided with the opportunity to undertake a two week Work Experience placement arranged by the school and tailored wherever possible to meet each pupil’s individual interests and needs. Art students take part in the local annual Art Exhibition at the Whitaker Museum and generally win several prizes for the quality of their work. The school is developing an “Enterprise” curriculum to enhance pupils key skill areas for employment, and equip them with knowledge and skills that are essential for the modern workplace.