Students follow a broad and stimulating KS3 curriculum made up of English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics (all taught separately), French, Spanish, History, Geography, Design Technology (DT), Art, Physical Education, Music, Religious Studies (RS), Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). The students are provided learning support as required, along with a gifted and talented programme. In terms of physical well being, they have games and fixtures up to three times each week as well as PE lessons, and extra-curricular activities on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Fourth and Fifth Forms (Year 10-11)
At GCSE level, all students take the core subjects of Maths, English (Language and Literature), a modern foreign language (MFL), Religious Studies, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (either as three separate sciences for the top set or as a dual award qualification for the second set) and all have Games on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. All take a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) – typically French or Spanish – though for some students for whom English is not the first language, depending upon timetabling and availability, EAL (English as an Additional Language) may be substituted leading to IGCSE or IELTS qualifications in English. Similarly those who require learning support do, on some occasions, have one-to-one support lessons in the place of MFL.
Students choose additional subjects from Art, Business Studies, Design Technology (DT), Geography, History, Music or Sports Studies. The options are devised each year after consulting with students and their parents as to what subjects they may wish to take, and then making the best fit of option choices. For most subjects, students are placed in sets based on ability. Optional subjects are placed in one or more of the three option blocks, depending on numbers and combinations.
The majority of fifth formers at Bedstone continue into the sixth form where they are joined by many new entrants from other schools. These new students are assimilated quickly and help to bring new ideas and perspectives. The ambitions of Bedstone sixth formers are met in many ways: with an average class size of eight students, personal attention is assured and sixth formers study through a mixture of formal classes, practicals and study periods. With the help of their personal tutor, young people are taught how to plan the effective use of their time. Great care is given to managing the transition from GCSE to the demands of A Level work. There are almost 20 subjects available at A level and, with few exceptions, students may study what they wish within their ability range. The minimum number of courses taken equate to two A levels plus The AQA Extended Project Qualification, (EPQ). The maximum, encouraged for the most able candidates, is the equivalent of five A levels.
Choosing the correct university course is a daunting task. At Bedstone we have a number of highly experienced members of staff who are on hand to advise and guide your son/daughter through the UCAS process. We also enlist the support of our ISCO adviser, who comes to college on a regular basis to meet with the students. Bedstone has an excellent record of supporting our leavers to achieve places at university. Over the last three years, seven out of 10 of our leavers have secured a place at their first choice institution and nine out of 10 go on to study at degree level. Parents often find the process somewhat mysterious. To help them achieve a better understanding of how it all works, UCAS have developed a website specifically for parents: www.parentadviser.co.uk