Bedminster Down School

Curriculum

Bedminster Down School offers a broad and balanced curriculum with suitable accreditation pathways for all learners. The school operates a two week timetable with six lessons a day, each of fifty minutes.

KS3

In Year 7 students have twelve lessons of English and twelve lessons of Maths in mixed ability groups. Students are also exposed to a huge variety of additional subjects including History, Geography, RE, Music, Drama, French, Science, Product Design, Catering, Textiles, Art, PE and PSHE.

In Year 8 students follow a similar curriculum to Year 7. Students continue to be taught in mixed ability groups in all subjects and spend more lessons in History and Geography and slightly fewer in English and Maths.

In Year 9 students begin preparing for their GCSE options. Students opt for two out of three of History, Geography and French and Spanish and spend significantly more time studying these than in previous years. Those students who may be less suited to studying three EBacc options at GCSE are offered the choice of studying just one of these three subjects rather than two. Every student also chooses their two favourite subjects from the design suite of Product Design, Food and Cookery, Textiles, Art and Digital Photography to study in more depth in Year 9. Students also begin to be more rigidly set into ability groups than in earlier years.

Our Curriculum

 



 

KS4

Please view the KS4 Options Booklet for more information.

 

Number of Lessons for Each Subject

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

English

12

10

10

10

10

Maths

12

10

10

10

10

Science

8

8

8

12

11

PSHE

2

2

 

2

1

Art

3

3

 

 

 

Technology

4

4

 

 

 

Art/Technology

 

 

8

 

 

Humanities

4

8

 

 

 

French

5

5

 

 

 

Music

4

4

 

 

 

Music/Drama

 

 

2

 

 

RE

 

 

2

 

 

EBacc Option 1

 

 

7

 

 

EBacc Option 2

 

 

7

 

 

Core PE

6

6

6

2

2

GCSE Option 1

 

 

 

8

8

GCSE Option 2

 

 

 

8

8

GCSE Option 3

 

 

 

8

8

Health and Fitness or Food and Cookery

 

 

 

 

2

 

Results

Bedminster Down School GCSE Results 2016/17

Headline Measures

2016/17

Change from 2015/16

Progress 8 Score

Published in January 2018

 

Attainment 8 Score

41.64

% 9 - 5 in English and Maths

33%

 

% 9 - 4 in English and Maths

56%

+3%

% Attaining EBacc

3%

-2%

Previous Headline Measures

 

 

% 5 A* - C/4 including English & Maths

54%

+5%

English

 

 

% 9 - 5 in English

53%

 

% 9 - 4 in English

72%

-14%

Maths

 

 

% 9 - 5 in Maths

37%

 

% 9 - 4 in Maths

62%

+9%

Other

 

 

% 5 A* - C/4

63%

+4%

In School Disadvantaged Progress 8 Gap

0.21

-0.02

 

2017 has seen some of the best ever results at Bedminster Down School. In addition to the above headline results:

Pupil progress is measured using the new Progress 8 points system, which this year has shown some departments are making outstanding progress:

 

[1] Based on the A8 Expected Scores from 2016

 

 

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