Curriculum at CTS
A hub of technical excellence with uncompromising aspirations for all.
‘The most employable students in Corby’
Unite - All members of the school community make a valuable contribution to society and thrive in a mutually supportive environment.
Innovate - All students develop key transferable skills ready for a fast changing global market.
Persevere - All members of the school community demonstrate relentless determination and resilience in all that they do.
It is our intent that our students are the most employable students in Corby, we will offer them a curriculum that enable them to leave our school as well equipped young adults with the skills that makes them able to thrive in the modern workplace. Our curriculum extends beyond the classroom and encompasses the broad range of activities we offer, extra-curricular activities, optional trips and visits and competitive sport to help our students become disciplined and resilient learners and active citizens who are proud to serve the communities they belong to. They will be able to organise themselves and others, developing the skills they need to be effective team members in a variety of contexts.
As a member of the Brooke Weston Trust we build on the Trust core values and make them our own at Corby Technical School.
We believe that great teaching and a great curriculum, accessible to all can close the gap between the disadvantaged and advantaged. Great teaching has the most significant impact on the disadvantaged by identifying and focusing on eliminating gaps in knowledge and vocabulary. CTS students will be effective presenters and communicators. Our curriculum places building knowledge, resilience and aspiration at its heart, helping our learners to develop transferable technical skills and knowledge along with the ability to adapt to a fast changing environment. Our technical ethos and links with industry ensures that students have regular contact with the working world and are adaptable in new situations using their initiative to solve unfamiliar problems.
Our curriculum places the acquisition of core knowledge as the foundation to enable our students to be effective readers, writers and evaluators as well as having the analytical skills to apply their knowledge and solve problems. Our wider curriculum with its emphasis on British values will create opportunities that enable our students to be full and active contributors to society and take the responsibilities of citizenship seriously.
Remote Learning Curriculum Adjustments
Our students will follow a curriculum as close to the normal curriculum as possible during lockdown. All students will have lessons on Microsoft Teams in all their normal subjects. In some subjects the order of unit delivery may differ slightly due to the suitability of the content for an online learning context. Where this decision has been made at a departmental level, plans have been put in place to ensure the full curriculum is covered across the year.
Specifically the following changes have been made:
English - some changes to the order of the units. Please see the English page here for more detail.
PE - The PE department are currently focussing on student’s physical and mental well-being whilst providing theoretical knowledge to topics they were due to cover. To promote students self-management skills they are given the choice each lesson of a high-intensity interval training workout, yoga or outdoor activity of their choice such as cycling, walking or running. Students are also encouraged to reflect upon how the physical activity makes them feel which they record in their assignment.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
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 in STEAM lessons. 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, STEAM challenges and the CREST Bronze award.
There are 25 lessons in a week and the time is allocated as below.
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Key Stage 4 (Years 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. We expect that the majority of our students will follow a curriculum in line with the English Baccalaureate (EBACC) which includes either History or Geography as well as a language at to ensure a broad and balanced set of qualifications. Students have a broad range of options to choose from at the end of year 9, more detail can be found in our subject information booklet here.
Employer engagement at this level will increase and students will be encouraged to take part in a work place experience, 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 (Years 12 & 13)
Students are offered a range of studies. It is anticipated that students at this stage are more certain of the career opportunities available to them due to the clear knowledge and skills experienced in the previous key stages however students are 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, details below
Students are expected to take three A level subjects, with exceptional students able to select four A level subjects.
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 Smallpiece challenges.
Current GCE A Level options offered:
A level courses delivered at Corby Technical School are Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering, we also offer three vocational course at level 3 in Applied Science, Creative Digital Media Production and Sports and Physical Activity. For information on our courses at KS5 please click here.
For more information regarding the National Curriculum please click on this link.
2020 Reconnection Curriculum
During this academic year 2020_21 we are working hard to support students to reconnect with their learning and ensure that they have the skills to succeed. We have sent parents information sheets outlining how we will do this, please click below to see these.
Three days each week - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday students stay at school for an additional sixth session, this will be focused on delivering an academic recovery curriculum for all students to provide additional lessons in response to missed time in school due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
- Year 7 & 8 – literacy/numeracy and supported study delivered by teaching staff
- Year 9, 10 & 11 – Additional English, Maths and Science
- Year 12 – not required to stay
There is an optional co-curricular offer for Year 7 students on a Monday and Friday until 4.00pm. These sessions will support the well-being and development of our youngest learners and ensure their transition to secondary school, which has been disrupted by Covid-19 restrictions, is positive, supportive, and well-balanced. We intend to offer further co-curricular opportunities for other year groups as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
If you require any further information regarding the Corby Technical School curriculum please contact Linda Arnold, Vice Principal on email@example.com 01536 213100.