At OSG Hindhead we offer a broad and balanced curriculum. Students are given the opportunity to develop in a number of ways and lead their own learning by taking responsibility for their own learning in a series of self directed learning tasks. These activities allow students to develop their:
- Linguistic talents both in English and French
- Mathematical thinking not only in Maths but in a range of subjects including Science, D & T and Food
- Scientific skills and the joy of problem solving
- Technical skills in real life challenges to find solutions to real life problems
- Human and Social understanding in a range of subject areas including PSHE, English, History, Geography and Art
- Physical skills in timetabled physical education each week
- Aesthetic and Creative talents in Art, Technology and a whole host of self directed learning tasks across the curriculum
Every individual has the ability to learn, so the curriculum aims not only to maximise but also increase this ability and meet the needs of all pupils regardless of where they currently are. It is designed to provide opportunity for unrestricted progress in all subject areas at all levels.
First and foremost, we are focused on our students achieving the best possible results and are looking to constantly upgrade the school in every area in order to achieve this end.
The School is committed to creating and delivering learning programmes that meet the educational needs of each student, and to nurture the attitudes and skills necessary for continual learning and personal growth throughout life.
Learning to Learn
“Learning to Learn” means to use learning as a tool whereby students are equipped with the ability to think critically, process information perceptually, analyse data accurately and evaluate situations intelligently in order that they fulfill their true potential.
Moving forwards our focus is on ‘Self Directed Learning’ which we believe will provide our students with an excellent foundation to build on as they pursue their chosen career.
Key Stage 2
From Yr 3 through to Yr 6 our excellent teaching staff combine teamwork and passion to stretch our young students to exceed national standards of expected progress . Particular emphasis is placed on the core areas of Numeracy and Literacy and Science.
Our students benefit from close monitoring by staff to highlight any potential SEN requirements. Any such requirements are handled by our SENCO and our team of LSAs. We currently have a small number of statemented students making great progress.
French, History, Geography, Art, Drama and PE (athletics, swimming and team games) combine to provide a well-rounded start to life at Hindhead and this ensures our young students are well prepared for a move up to KS3. Regular field trips and fund raising events are used to deliver the curriculum in a fun, creative and safe atmosphere.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 there remains a focus on core subjects with provision for the students to learn and express themselves in Art, D & T, Food, Textiles, Public Speaking, and Physical Education and other active subjects. As we are a relatively small school, year groups often combine particularly in PE to enable our students to integrate and develop quickly into young adults. This flexibility in our approach produces excellent results both in terms of student development and a strong sense of team spirit within the school.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4 sees our students complete GCSE, City and Guilds and other examinations. Most students take 8-10 exams in Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, Citizenship, French, Food, Art, DT and other subjects.
All students stay on to complete years 12 and 13, with most studying 4 or 5 AS subjects in year 12 and taking 3 or 4 of these through to A2 in year 13. Maths and English are offered to all levels, along with Physics, Accounts, Business Studies, Humanities, MFL and a range of vocational subjects.
One of the many advantages of being part of the Focus group of schools is that we are able deliver a broader curriculum using teachers from other schools via Virtual Classroom (VC) video link. We currently have students learning Accountancy, Law and Economics in this way. Other Campuses are able to take advantage of the Graphics and Maths lessons that we offer via VC.
Every Tuesday morning students have an assembly on the theme of the week (TOTW 2019.xlsx) which challenges them to think about a topic or an issue outside those they might usually consider. Each assembly is followed up with activities completed in form time. Also in form time, students weekly review the main stories from UBT sponsored FRANK news which allows them to consider the main headlines of the day. Each week PSHE is timetabled for every student P1 on a Tuesday. PSHE allows students to reflect on their own development and growth, deal with some of the challenges they may face such as making friends, and reflect and understand the views of others different to themselves including the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010. From Year 7 to 10 every student studies Citizenship, completing a GCSE in the subject at the end of Year 10. In Citizenship they reflect on British Values and the rule of law, how laws are made and how they are maintained in a democracy.
Careers Education is essential to good education. At an early age students are asked to reflect on possible career pathways when thinking about their future. Displays around the school celebrate local community businesses and the possible career prospects with those employers. Students use computer packages such as Kudos to investigate career opportunities, and in the sixth form work closely with prospective employers on the CAP programme. At points of transition – selecting GCSEs in Y8 and selecting post-16 studies in Year 11 – students and parents are given clear, impartial and one to one advice on the best route forward. On leaving OSG Hindhead students can sit Post-18 qualifications and are encouraged to do so by employers.
Strong emphasis is placed on ensuring all students achieve “Valued Added” and this is measured regularly via MAP testing. Regular target setting days involving students, parents and staff are used to agree and plan strategies to ensure everyone achieves to the very best of their ability.