AGSB’s Academic Curriculum - Overview
The aim of our curriculum is to provide students with a broad ranging, academic and rich curriculum. We want our students to leave AGSB, at the end of Year 13, with a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
We take a great deal of pride in our curriculum which not only provides students with a deep knowledge base and a wide variety of skills, but also aims to ensure our students are responsible citizens with strong moral values.
At AGSB we have developed an evidence based approach to teaching and learning. Our teaching is based on the most up to date research about how brains work and how students learn most effectively. More information about this can be found on the link titled ‘Effective Teaching at AGSB’ on this webpage. Our research about effective teaching and learning has influenced the design of the curriculum at whole-school and subject level. We know that for learning to be secure, students must return to key concepts frequently, and that building strong foundations in Key Stage Three is critical for deep understanding of subjects at GCSE, A-Level and beyond.
Our philosophy for teaching and learning and information about the curriculum is shared with parents during Information Evenings at the beginning of Year 7 and 10 and as part of the GCSE Options process in February of Year 9. We recognise the importance of a home school partnership in helping students to achieve their best.
For more information about the curriculum in each Key Stage, please see the links on this webpage.
AGSB’s Extra Curricular Provision
The formal curriculum at AGSB is supplemented by an extensive extracurricular programme. The aim of the extracurricular programme is to further enrich the formal curriculum, providing students with opportunities to develop a wide variety of skills and interests. For further information about the extracurricular provision at AGSB please see the Extra Curricular page of the school website
Responsible Citizens with strong moral values
Students at AGSB are responsible citizens with strong moral values and our curriculum and extracurricular programme play an important role in developing these skills. Through assemblies, ‘Thought for the Week’ and as part of lessons in Philosophy and Ethics and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education, students are given an opportunity to explore a broad range of themes and issues.
Each year, in the half term running up to Christmas, forms are challenged to use innovative and creative approaches to raise money for our school charities. Mr Hall announces the results before we finish for our Christmas holidays.
Extracurricular opportunities also enable students to develop their character and values; Model United Nations, debating and public speaking competitions, eco and gardening club to name a few. Added to this, AGSB champions the National Citizenship Service opportunity given to Years 11 and 12, annually more than 100 of our Year 11 pupils take part in this programme.
At AGSB we understand the importance of an effective Careers education. For further information please see the Careers page of the school website.
AGSB's Curriculum Policy can be found here - Curriculum Policy