Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
At Kingdown, we pride ourselves in providing an outstanding curriculum and standard of teaching to all of our students.
Kingdown School is located in Warminster and is at the heart of the local community, both in terms of our students and as a local employer. We are a fully inclusive community school and welcome students from all ages (from Year 7-13), backgrounds and abilities, including our 10% Service children, as Warminster is an ‘army town’.
Our curriculum is designed to reflect our vision statement – Believe, Aspire, Achieve.
The vision for the curriculum is grounded in research, using the ideas of Mary Myatt and Tom Sherrington in particular. Leaders have shared this vision, and training has been given at all levels on our curriculum vision and on curriculum construction principles. The needs of our students in our particular local context have been at the forefront when considering our vision.
We aim to develop a well-rounded person – both academically and socially. The curriculum throughout the school is designed to progressively develop knowledge and skills, as well as offering a range of experiences and opportunities both inside and beyond the classroom. PSHE and the pastoral curriculum provide students with the cultural capital and life skills they need to succeed in life beyond school, as well as providing exposure to others’ values and points of view.
In this section of the website, you will find information on the following:
Our Curriculum Model: This explores the values, aims and principles behind our curriculum model. Essentially, these are the means by which we have designed our curriculum at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.
Teaching and Learning: The way in which we deliver and develop excellent standards of teaching and learning in every Kingdown classroom.
Key Stage 3: What our students study, how they study it, and how they are assessed in Years 7-9.
Key Stage 4: What our students study, how they study it, and how they are assessed in Years 10-11. This includes GCSEs and other Level 2 qualifications.
Key Stage 5: What our students study, how they study it, and how they are assessed in Years 12 and 13. This includes A-Levels and other Level 3 qualifications. More information is also available from the Sixth Form section of the website.
Enhanced Provisions: The way in which we deliver our curriculum to students in enhanced provisions.
If you'd like to look at our Curriculum Intent at Key Stage 3, please click here.
If you'd like to look at our Curriculum Intent at Key Stage 4, please click here.
If you'd like to look at a particular subject's curriculum in more detail, please click here.