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. In Maths, Science and French the most able students are grouped together and stretched and those students needing additional support and grouped together into smaller classes to ensure key gaps in learning are closed before the start of Key Stage 4.

In Year 9 students begin preparing for their GCSE options. More time is spent in History, Geography and Languages and the most able students begin studying Spanish alongside French. Those students who may be less suited to studying a foreign Language at GCSE are offered the choice of additional support in English and Maths rather than continuing with French.  Students are also more rigidly set into ability groups than in earlier years. Every student chooses their two favourite subjects from the design suite of Product Design, Catering, Textiles, Art and Digital Photography to study in more depth in Year 9.

Our Curriculum

 



 

KS4

Please view the KS4 Options Booklet for more information.

 

Results

Bedminster Down School GCSE Results 2015/16

 

Headline Measures

2015/16

Improvement from 2014/15

Progress 8 Score

-0.15[1]

+0.30

Attainment 8 Score

4.81

+0.58

% A* - C in English and Maths

52.6%

+14.8%

% Attaining EBacc

5.2%

-3.4%

Previous Headline Measures

 

 

% 5 A* - C including English & Maths

49.1%

+12.1%

English

 

 

% A* - C in English

86.2%

+37.9%

English Progress 8 Score

+0.291

+0.57

English Pupil Premium Progress 8 Gap

0.05

-0.13

Maths

 

 

% A* - C in Maths

52.6%

-1.7%

Maths Progress 8 Score

-0.371

+0.24

Maths Pupil Premium Progress 8 Gap

0.29

-0.44

Other

 

 

% 5 A* - C

58.6%

4.3%

% Entries at A* or A

14.6%

3.5%

Pupil Premium Progress 8 Gap

0.411

-0.05

Pupil Premium Progress 8 Score

-0.40

+0.38

 

2016 has been a year of excellent attainment 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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