School Curriculum

Baylis Court School Curriculum Vision

To inspire leaders of tomorrow through the pursuit of excellence and our core values of Respect, Ambition and Resilience.

We believe in ‘inspiring leaders of tomorrow’, therefore, our students are encouraged to take on leadership roles in and outside of school. We believe that leadership happens when someone influences and motivates others to achieve a goal. Everyone could be a leader, whether it is within the family, with a group of friends, in school or within the wider community. We emphasise the importance of moral leadership in the home, school and in everyday life. Successful leaders are resilient. Therefore, resilience is an important core value which we teach throughout our curriculum. Our students learn how to reflect on their current progress and, with the help of their teachers, adopt strategies to improve.

At Baylis Court School we prepare our students for a life after education and we also nurture a love of learning, so that our students realise that education is a life-long and necessary commitment. Our curriculum helps our students to develop the skills and knowledge required to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Our mission is ‘the pursuit of excellence’, we encourage our students to have high expectations through a curriculum that challenges them to be ambitious and to continuously work towards their potential.

Our curriculum, helps our students to develop fully as individuals who are aware of how to take care of themselves and their families. Students learn how to maintain their mental and physical health whilst fostering a basic understanding of personal financial prudence. Our curriculum helps our students to become responsible, active citizens who understand their role within their local, national and international community.

Baylis Court School Curriculums Aims:

Our curriculum

  • inspires our students to become confident, ambitious, articulate leaders
  • nurtures within our students the importance of an excellent attitude to learning, leading to their individual pursuit of excellence
  • ensures that our students are respectful to themselves, each other, staff and visitors to our school
  • assists our students in identifying a career path which best suits their skills, abilities and ambitions
  • develops our students’ resilience to persevere
  • gives our students a broad and balanced foundation of knowledge and skills which will help them prosper in a rapidly changing world
  • supports our students in their preparation for the next stage of their education at the end of each key stage
  • gives students the ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise,
  • benefits students to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding
  • ensures that our students have developed their numeracy and literacy skills to the best of their ability
  • promotes the importance of British Values

Curriculum Principles:

Our curriculum develops our students’ academic and interpersonal characteristics to enable them to become successful citizens who fully contribute to the society in which they live. Our core values of respect, ambition and resilience drive the development of the leadership of each student and their leadership of others.

Principle One: Inspiring leaders of tomorrow

Student leadership is inspired through academic and co-curricular activities. Students can also take part in student voice activities throughout the year and can apply to be a part of the Student Leadership Team.

Student leadership is nurtured in the classroom through our Student Subject Leadership initiative where each teacher chooses students to lead learning activities within the classroom. 

KS3 students take part in the PiXL Edge which is a framework to help develop and accredit students with essential attributes for life and to enhance their chances of employability. The scheme focuses on the development of five key attributes: Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication.

KS3 and KS4 students take part in the Leadership Award which is also promoted to encourage students to focus on their academic progress, attendance, attitude to learning and life skills.

KS5 students have the opportunity to take part in a range of leadership activities which contribute towards a KS5 Leadership Award.

Principle Two: The pursuit of excellence

The pursuit of excellence is inspired through our broad and balanced curriculum which develops personal and academic success. Our curriculum and curriculum pedagogy demands that all students have high expectations of themselves.  Students study a blend of creative, artistic and academic subjects. Additional support for literacy and numeracy is provided where appropriate.

At key stage 3, students study a broad range of subjects to inspire curiosity, lifelong learning and to help them challenge their understanding of the world. Students learn transferable skills and essential knowledge to enable students to decide which subjects they are best suited to study at Key stage 4. 

At key stage 4, we work in partnership with students and parents to encourage students to study the English Baccalaureate because it provides an excellent academic foundation. The Ebacc helps student to develop knowledge and transferable skills in preparation for future personal and global challenges. However, students can choose to study a non-EBacc pathway in order to support their personal ambitions. A very small number of students study entry level courses to enable them to be successful in their individual pursuit of excellence. Fundamentally, students have a choice to study subjects which best suit their strengths and aspirations.

At key stage 5, students study 3 A levels and the Extended Project Qualification. Our key stage 5 curriculum is an academic route to prepare our students for university, apprenticeships and the world of work. Alongside A levels, the EPQ helps to prepare students for future academic study and employability through the development of independent research, problem solving, critical thinking and presentation skills.

Curriculum Structure:

You can view our Curriculum Plans by following the link at the bottom of this page.

Curriculum Delivery:

The following information can be found by following the links at the bottom of this page.

  • Subject level Objective and Assessment plans
  • Subject Level Assessment Criteria
Curriculum Plan KS3 Download
Curriculum Plan KS4 Download
KS5 Assessment Download
Assessment Criteria and Plan Key Stage 3 Download
Sixth Form Consortium Prospectus 2019 Download
GCSE Grading System - matched with level... Download