Students make excellent progress and achievement in all subjects is exceptionally high” - OFSTED 2014
“Teaching is outstanding." - OFSTED 2014
"Teachers teach the way that we learn, rather than us having to learn the way they teach." - KS4 Student
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
All students will have the opportunity to study the English Baccalaureate qualification. This award recognises students who are able to pursue a broad range of academic subjects at GCSE to a high standard. This prestigious award is recognised by employers and university admissions tutors as a way of selecting students for jobs or for university places.
To achieve the EBacc, students must gain a GSCE grade 9-5 in six subjects.
These subjects must include:
- English Language
- 2 Sciences (2 from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Combined Science (2 GCSEs)
- 1 Humanity (1 from History or Geography)
- 1 Language (1 from Spanish or French)
All students at Barton Court follow a KS4 curriculum that allows them to gain the Ebacc.
The EBacc qualification will be ideal preparation for Post-16 study and in particular the study of the AQA Baccalaureate (the A Level Baccalaureate), and provides all students with a broad range of academic subjects upon which to build any future career options.
What does the KS4 curriculum look like?
All students continue to study a core curriculum of 9 GCSEs for three years, in Years 9 – 11:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Science (Triple Award or Combined Science)
- French or Spanish
- History or Geography
- Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (includes Religious Studies GCSE and the statutory
- elements of Personal Social Health Economic Education)
- Core PE (non-examined)
In addition to this suite of academic subjects that all students will be expected to study at GCSE, students will have the freedom to choose two additional subjects to study throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. These subjects cover a wide range of choice from the creative arts, to an additional humanity or language.
New Format GCSE courses
Subjects that are being offered are all new format GCSE courses. The GCSE courses are all linear with examinations held at the end of the course. These examinations include extended questions requiring students to write at length in order to gain the highest marks/grades. There is a greater emphasis on problem solving and application of knowledge. Controlled assessments or coursework has been significantly reduced or completely removed, making the new courses more rigorous and more difficult than older specifications.
The new GCSE courses also include the new grade system from 9 (HIGHEST) to 1 (LOWEST) for all GCSE examinations. The greater differentiation in this grade scheme, means that there is more opportunity for students to work towards the very highest grade of 9, which is only targeted at the top 3% of the students entered nationally for the examination. The government has made it clear that the Grade 5 is considered a GOOD PASS and the Grade 4 is a STANDARD PASS, all students must aim for this minimum benchmark or higher. In the future School Sixth Forms, Colleges, Universities and employers will be looking for passes at Grade 5 or higher for entry to courses, apprenticeships, employment and training.
The following table indicates the expected equivalence between the old GCSE grades and the new GCSE grades.
“The school provides students with an outstanding curriculum that effectively meets their needs and aspirations” - OFSTED
“The school is a happy and harmonious community where students are motivated to achieve as well as possible and develop into confident and successful young adults” - OFSTED
“Students’ achievement is outstanding” - OFSTED