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20/11/19

Magic Breakfast - free breakfast available to students. Ensuring that no child is too hungry to learn https://t.co/fXs9PItlEv

19/11/19

- According to in 2016, there were 4,287 male suicides in the UK, accounting for 76% of all suicide. https://t.co/LheVtNsA1M

18/11/19

. According to 5 people are killed on UK roads everyday and more than 60 seriously injured. https://t.co/2ICdllMaTo

17/11/19

Final update! The students have returned school safe and sound albeit a little tired! Plenty of rest needed ready for school tomorrow! A huge thank you to Miss Ledingham and Mr Kett

17/11/19

update: The students and staff are on their way home! ETA 1pm depending on traffic!

17/11/19

update: Students are up, mini bus loaded and we are squeezing in some more maths revision before returning to school. Students will text ETA to parents.

16/11/19

update: Everything about this photo shows the resilience and determination of our wonderful students. at its very best! Overcoming fears, pushing themselves mentally and physically well done Year 11! https://t.co/8WDKu9to0m

16/11/19

update well done Jack, Joe and Bobby winners of this evening’s quiz!

16/11/19

update! The students have had a great action packed day and are resting before dinner

16/11/19

Go Jack! First one on the zip wire!! https://t.co/oPuIGT0LrB

16/11/19

update! The students are helping each other get ready to zip wire!! They are being so brave! https://t.co/lEhNuI6T8F

16/11/19

update problem solving activities last night with an element of competition! https://t.co/8dv5bufnNa

16/11/19

update the students are busy in their workshop the level of concentration is impressive! https://t.co/83DbIlInUW

16/11/19

update! A sunny start to the morning and the students are looking forward to the zip wire later! https://t.co/OQFfvV6e2Y

16/11/19

update! Good morning from the Year 11s! Early start for a Saturday..breakfast done now into their first maths workshop of the day https://t.co/NSbs9w15MM

15/11/19

update.... after an evening of fun filled team building activities and pizza delivered by all students are in their rooms and ready for a good sleep before their day of maths and exciting activities!

15/11/19

Year 11 and their echo! The students are straight into activities! https://t.co/39RWEoOy3d

15/11/19

Year 11 update: The students have arrived safe and sound. Phone signal is limited however they are all singing along to Shania Twain so in good spirits!

15/11/19

And away they go! Year 11 are safely on route! https://t.co/eVy7JgMQqC

15/11/19

According to children who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, health complaints and decreased academic achievement. https://t.co/d8bulWoQZO

Curriculum Intent and Rationale

Intent

The school’s vision is modelled in our curriculum, where we believe in advantage over disadvantage. As a school serving a community that has known decades of disadvantage, we believe that our students deserve a curriculum that does not narrow the life chances but enables social equity and mobility. For our students to compete in a global economy, we offer a wide range of subjects and offer guidance and support for the choices they make.

Our programme for education at Meridian High School is a knowledge-based curriculum, empowering students to develop an understanding and appreciation of the subjects they study. Our curriculum is therefore carefully designed by our subject specialists within the school and across our Multi Academy Trust to challenge our students, to ensure learning is at the heart of our lessons and to enable our students to meet and exceed their minimum expected grades (MEGs) so all students have the opportunity for a better future.

Our curriculum aims are to develop strong academic outcomes through:

  1. A foundational knowledge base using our knowledge organisers and build on the knowledge they learn independently
  2. Subjects offering extra-curricular opportunities for students to develop cultural capital and appreciation of subjects beyond examination content
  3. Students having guidance and support to develop an understanding of what it takes to be an ambitious member of our community

Moreover, we firmly believe that to fully enhance the life chances of our students, our curriculum must actively promote the acquisition of a broad/academic vocabulary and depth of understanding. Put simply, we believe that knowing more words makes you smarter, and our curriculum is very intent on ensuring this becomes a reality for all of our students.

Implementation

In order to deliver the aims of our curriculum we ensure all students in Key Stage Three study 4/5 lessons of English, Maths and Science per week, 2/3 lessons of Humanities, Spanish, Art, DT, PE and 1 lesson per week of Drama/Music (subject to study options where students will receive more curriculum time). We pay careful attention to the sequence of when knowledge is taught and subject leaders work actively to review this aspect very regularly so that our students are well placed to access GCSE exams and content. This is underpinned by:

  • Starting every lesson with a memory recall quiz
  • Using planned and targeted questioning in lessons
  • Adapting and scaffolding content so that it is accessible to every student
  • Every topic studied has an overarching challenge question that student’s work towards answering over time building their learning confidence and resilience
  • Nurturing our students so they understand they are ready to learn and education improves their life chances
  • A focus on language development and oracy

We believe it is our responsibility to develop strong literacy and numeracy skills for all of our students given their context. To support this a selection of students are not required to study an additional language and receive additional targeted support to close the gap between them and their peers. We believe that the curriculum should be flexible to allow for personalised choices.

As a modestly sized high school we work hard to offer a broad and balanced curriculum model throughout Key Stage Four. We believe in offering subjects that allow a wide range of pathways and progression for our students in the future. These subjects include:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Spanish
  • Ancient History
  • Media
  • Art and Design
  • DT (Textiles & Resistant Materials)
  • Business Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Sociology
  • Performing Arts (Dance & Drama)
  • PSHE (inc. Financial Education)

Developing British & Family Values: Tutor Time at MHS

Our tutor time PSHE sessions aim to explore British and family values including the importance of respect and showing kindness. We aim to develop positive attitudes, tolerance and understanding of all cultures and communities. We celebrate success and achievement.

In tutor time students will explore:

  • How to develop empathy for those who are different to them
  • How to be kind to themselves and others

For further information on transition choices at KS4 please refer to the KS4 transition booklets