The School’s most recent Inspection Report states: ‘The Gregg School provides a good quality education to the wide range of abilities in the school…. Effective teaching, combined with students’ positive attitudes to study, is a major factor in promoting good progress through the school.’
We believe that our key stage 3 curriculum experiences provides a strong platform on which students may build successfully, before progressing to GCSE courses. This in turn provide an excellent foundation for students to make a confident transition onto AS and vocational courses when they leave us.
During Year 7, students are taught for most of their subjects in one of four ability groups. All students have access to the core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Spanish, History, Geography, Religious Study, IT, Study Skills, Music, Art, Textiles, Design Technology, Home Economics, Personal and Social Development, and PE.
As students move into Year 8, they continue to study the same core subjects, the majority choosing a second language, French or German. A small number of students, who we feel would benefit from additional support in English, retain just the one foreign language. Mathematics is set independently of other subjects from the beginning of Year 8.
During Year 9, there will also be independent settings in English and Science, students beginning the GCSE course in the latter. The Mathematics department will, by this stage, have selected those students who will be accelerated to take their GCSE a year early.
During Years 10 and 11, all students take English Language and English Literature, Mathematics and Science (Core and Additional). A significant number of students will progress from Additional Science to a study of the three sciences, leading to separate grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Those accelerated students who are successful in attaining high grades in their IGCSE Mathematics in Year 10 will spend Year 11 studying Additional Mathematics and some modules at AS level.
In addition to these core subjects, students select four options. The options blocks are created after students have chosen their subjects, reflecting a real strength of the school since it allows maximum choice for our students. However, we do expect the majority of students to choose a language. During these two years, PSD, ICT and RS and PE are followed as non-examined subjects.
All students are tested in Years 7 and 10 using MidYIS and Yellis, a baseline testing service provided by Durham University. The information gained enables staff, in their understanding of students' strengths and weaknesses, to set realistic targets as students strive for high achievement in examinations.
Our curriculum is enriched by a well planned programme of trips and visits. We feel that these activities are very important for all students; they also form a key part of our Able Student programme which is designed to identify and then support students who have particular strengths, not only in academic subjects but also in areas such as leadership, sport and creativity. It is important to identify these gifts; by doing so, all students may benefit.