curriculum

At Hillcrest School we combine an academically rigorous curriculum with the latest in digital technologies and developments in classroom practice; we work to develop effective, independent learners ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Students are provided with opportunities to develop their thinking skills, accelerated learning techniques, collaborative problem solving skills, assessment for learning skills and effective use of Computing. Hillcrest School also benefits from our membership of the Oaks collegiate teaching alliance. Students are supported by a team of well qualified, specialist teaching staff. The school also has a range of support and administrative staff who work with both students and teachers on a daily basis. The Hillcrest School curriculum meets the specifications of both the National Curriculum programmes of study and also the Birmingham Curriculum Statement.

Key Stage 3: The National Curriculum

All students follow the statutory National Curriculum, with many additional curriculum enrichment opportunities being met by our school curriculum. Over a two-week timetable, students follow courses with the following number of learning hours:

Year 7
English 8 hours, Mathematics 8 hours, Science 6 hours, French 5 hours, Design & Technology 4 hours, Religious Education 2 hours, Geography 3 hours, History 3 hours, Physical Education 3 hours, Performing Arts (Dance and Drama) 2 hours, Music 2 hours, Art 2 hours, Computing 2 hours.

Year 8
English 8 hours, Mathematics 8 hours, Science 6 hours, French 5 hours, Design & Technology 4 hours, Religious Education 2 hours, Geography 3 hours, History 3 hours, Physical Education 3 hours, Performing Arts (Dance and Drama) 2 hours, Music 2 hours, Art 2 hours, Computing 2 hours.

All students in Key Stage 3 also follow the Accelerated Reader programme, encouraging students to make rapid progress in the complexity of the reading materials they encounter. Students also experience whole-day learning experiences covering Personal and Social Development (PSD) and regular opportunities for Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) for Careers and  Lifelong Learning.

To download our full, detailed Key Stage 3 Curriculum Programme of Study brochure, please click here.

Key Stage 4: Pathways

We offer a range of traditional, academic subjects, with many students following a full English Baccalaureate programme, as well as a number of vocational and applied learning routes.  All students study a core curriculum of English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, French,Physical Education, Religious Education and PSD. In addition to the core, students make guided choices from a range of subjects including Art, Dance, Drama, Health and Social Care, Geography, History, Philosophy & Ethics Business Studies and Design Technology Textile/Food.This ensures that we provide opportunities for different kids of learning to suit the interests and abilities of individual students, whilst retaining a strong focus on academic subjects which will enable them to progress to further higher education.We aim to give as many students as possible the opportunity to achieve the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) by the end of Year 11.
                                                                         Year 9                                                      Year 10                                              Year 11
English                                                       8 hours                                                     8 hours                                                9 hours
Mathematics                                            8 hours                                                     8 hours                                                9 hours
Science                                                     10 hours                                                   10 hours                                              10 hours
Physical                                                      2 hours                                                     2 hours                                                2 hours
Education
Religious                                                    2 hours                                                     2 hours                                                   NA
Education
French                                                        5 hours                                                      5 hours                                                5 hours

CURRICULUM ALLOCATIONS AT KEY STAGE 4

For full details of the Key Stage 4 curriculum, including the GCSE, BTEC courses available to students in Years 9, 10 and 11, please click here.

The Sixth Form

For information about our Sixth Form curriculum, in partnership with the Oaks Collegiate, please follow the links in the main menu (left).

Computing

Computing is a very important part of education at Hillcrest. There are five fully equipped Computing rooms as well as banks of computers in subject areas, laptop trolleys, a Computing centre, ‘dotcom@hillcrest’, and a multi-media room. In Year 7 and 8, all students have two hours per fortnight of  discrete Computing as well as using computers in various subject areas across the school.

For further information about any aspect of our curriculum, please contact Miss S Khalid – Assistant Headteacher for Curriculum, Assessment & Standards- at school.