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The curriculum at Corby Technical School is designed to secure high levels of academic achievement in the subjects included in the English Baccalaureate (English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language), together with a range of subjects encompassing engineering and computing.

Close links with businesses in the local community are being developed to form the connection between theoretical and practical which greatly enhances pupils’ understanding of ‘real-life’ working situations.  As pupils make progress through the key stages they will be given the opportunity to pursue a path of study that focuses on the specific technical aspect that engages and motivates them.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Key Stage 3 encompasses National Curriculum subjects, with students approaching topics within each subject from the perspective of how it is relevant to industrial innovation.

The curriculum covers English, maths, science, humanities, design and technology, RSCS, modern foreign languages, PE, art and computing. 

In addition to these subjects a proportion of curriculum time is devoted to multi-subject challenges.  The challenges are based around realistic technical problems and incorporate a range of different subjects and skills.  The aim is to enable students to become creative thinkers via practical investigation and the development of solutions. 

Students are also encouraged to take part in externally set challenges such as the Rotary Technology Challenge, STEM challenges and the CREST Bronze award.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

In Years 10 and 11, students follow a challenging curriculum and their studies will be supplemented by a programme of entrepreneurial challenges linked to work experience in Corby and the surrounding area.

Employer engagement at this level will increase and students will be encouraged to take part in the career pathway programme (CPP). This will enable students to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to the workplace that are more in-line with what industry expect.

Key stage 5 (Sixth Form)

Students will be offered a range of studies.  It is anticipated that students at this stage will be more certain of the career opportunities available to them due to the clear knowledge and skills experienced in the previous key stages.  Students will be offered guidance and support when choosing the relevant route to lead them on to higher education or a technical career. 

A range of A-levels will be offered at CTS that are geared towards students who have chosen to follow a technical career.  These courses will follow on from GCSEs studied.  

Employer engagement at this level will be further targeted to the individual and specific needs and wants of the student.  This will take the form of possible bursaries and sponsorship.  Students will again be encouraged to take part in externally set challenges such as the EES, Young Enterprise, CREST Gold and Small piece challenges.

For more information regarding the National Curriculum please click on this link.

If you require any further information regarding the Corby Technical School curriculum please contact Linda Arnold, Vice Principal on 01536 213100.