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The Curriculum
Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that follows the revised National Curriculum guidelines
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that follows the revised National Curriculum guidelines. This includes including three hours of quality Physical Education each week together with regular lessons of Art, Music and Drama. Emphasis is placed on “Learning to Learn” including extended homework projects.

Students are set during the first few weeks of Year 7 in Mathematics, with setting in other subjects after the Autumn half term (movement between the sets is possible and happens not infrequently). This is followed by the creation of a number of ‘grammar stream’ classes after half term.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

Students follow a range of pathways ranging from the traditional academic GCSE, Including the English Baccalaureate route, to more vocational ones that include Applied GCSEs and BTEC qualifications. A particular focus is placed upon achievement in English, Maths and Science with a variety of strategies employed including additional lessons, early entries, modular courses and mentoring programmes. Students can also opt for additional courses outside normal school hours. These include GCSE qualifications in Drama and Dance.

Key Stage 5 (Post-16)

Students follow a range of pathways which involve A-Level or BTECs although a blending of the two is wholly appropriate. The choices range from highly academic examined units such as Maths and Chemistry to more vocational and coursework-led options such as BTEC Sports Science or Dance. A recent collaboration with Ounsdale (Wombourne) and Edgecliff (Kinver) Sixth Forms has widened the courses offered to include Psychology. All students are enrolled on the English Speaking Board qualification which generates a possible 65 UCAS points to help them get to the best universities. Study periods are allocated to help students meet deadlines and prepare for independence at university.
 
"The range of subjects on offer is a strong feature of the school and plays a major part in helping students to achieve outstanding outcomes"
Ofsted, November 2012
 
  Ellowes Hall Sports College
Stickley Lane
Dudley
West Midlands
DY3 2JH
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