We currently allow our pupils to choose their options from a wide range of creative, vocational and academic subjects in Year 9 allowing them to personalise their learning and choose subjects which engage and enthuse them.
Pupils studying humanities plus a language continue their pathway into Year 11, whilst others can complement their academic studies in Year 11 with an additional option, providing an important creative outlet at a potentially stressful time in their academic career. The benefit of this curriculum model is that it enables pupils to focus on fewer subjects at a time, developing resilience, ambition and supporting mental well-being. Pupils can access additional support where needed which is not available at home, and over the five years they can study a wide range of subjects, keeping their future career options open and supporting them into further employment, education or training.
The impact of this model on the most disadvantaged has been overwhelmingly positive, with disadvantaged pupils making more progress than “other” children in Doncaster in 2019 and closing the gap with national others to perform in the second quintile for disadvantaged nationally.