Curriculum

Our mission is to work with parents and the local community to provide a broad curriculum and a creative approach to learning. Our intent is to enable all students to fulfil their unique potential and make the world a better place through their informed choices and actions.

Our curriculum meets the requirements of national guidelines and explicitly intends to support students to become :
SCHOLARLY
LITERATE
NUMERATE
SAFE
RESILIENT
REFLECTIVE
INDEPENDANT
COLLABORATIVE
CREATIVE
PASSIONATE
ACHIEVER
AMBITIOUS
OUTWARD-LOOKING
TOLERANT
UNDERSTANDING

Context

 

The Arnewood school is an inclusive 11-18 secondary academy school located in New Milton in the New Forest. The town council has aspirations to attract a younger demographic profile to work in the town.  With this in mind, our curriculum is designed to develop a range of subjects which feed into the local context. Employment in the local area is predominantly high in accommodation and food, scientific and technical work, education, construction and health/social work (www.streetcheck.co.uk). The IDACI decile is 2, which is ranked in the bottom 15% nationally and bottom 25% of local secondary school catchments (IDACI statistics).

The Arnewood school is linked with the following local feeder schools:

  • New Milton Junior School
  • Hordle CE Primary School
  • Ashley Junior School

These school are situated in the local area and the majority of students either walk or cycle to school. Our intake has a high proportion of students who have a lower than average reading and spelling age.  In order to support these students we have pathways in KS3 and KS4 with a specialist literacy focus.

 

Implementation

 

Our curriculum provides a broad range of knowledge and experiences that support students in their development. Students are placed (based on assessment data) on pathways in order for them to achieve their full potential with support from specialist subject teachers.

Individual subject intent and implementation information can be accessed on our subject pages to increase understanding of the experiences that students gain at The Arnewood School.  The Arnewood Lesson ensures consistency in differentiation, challenge, and high-quality questioning and feedback allowing students improve understanding and eliminate misconceptions. Our inclusive ethos ensures students with disadvantages are supported with learning in the curriculum, lessons and with extra-curricular activities. Each subject team of specialist teachers is led by a Head of Centre and will  regularly adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of students.

Pathways are offered in KS3, KS4 and KS5 to develop students’ mastery and depth of knowledge  with regular opportunities of application to the life. This in addition to our core curriculum designed to improve students’ confidence with literacy, numeracy and science. The options pathways give direct access to the largest areas of employment in the local area which fall in line with the New Milton Town council’s aspirations of increasing the younger demographic working in the area.

Assessment en route is key to the success of students.  It provides students and parents with regular formative and summative feedback in order to praise, and provide intervention to support progress.

We offer an extensive extra-curricular and tutoring programme throughout students’ journey at The Arnewood School.  Giving students the opportunity to extend learning as well as provide opportunities to showcase skills and attributes to the wider community, for example in the school production or through local, regional and national competitions within Science (IET Faraday Challenge or British Physics Olympiad), Maths (Maths Challenge) or sports.

To view our curriculum in more detail please visit our curriculum overview and individual subject maps.

 

Impact

 

Students at The Arnewood School continually develop a passion for learning with the resilience to be successful in the wider world. Students are increasingly ambitious with their future prospects of career development with skills that enable them to be self-reflective, work collaboratively and be creative within a variety of environments. Our curriculum ensures students have appropriate qualifications to enable them to progress in their desired destinations.

In summer 2020, 70% of our lower ability students (30 students in total, where their average key stage 2 grade was equal to or less than 4.5) completed a vocational qualification. 96% of these students attained a pass grade and 60% gained a level 2 pass or greater. Students who follow our vocational qualifications attain highly, with a three year average for grade 4+ or equivalent at 97% for construction, 67% for ICT, 74% for I-Media, 98% for Hairdressing, 97% for Child development and 75% for Health and Social Care.

Our pathways also accommodate for those with higher academic ability.  In 2020, 42% of our school cohort were entered for the English Baccalaureate, with 36% of the school cohort attaining a standard pass and 27% attaining a strong pass in all pillars. In 2019, 48% were entered for the English Baccalaureate, with 31% attaining a good pass and 17% a strong pass.

Our focus on English and Maths is also strong with 76% of our cohort in 2020 attaining a GCSE grade 4 or higher inboth English and Maths and 51% at grade 5 or higher. In 2019 72% of our cohort attained a grade 4 or higher in Maths and English, and 38% a grade 5 or higher in both subjects.

Students who leave The Arnewood school are provided with an education that empowers them to give back to the community and contribute to society. The majority of our students continue their studies into KS5 at The Arnewood 6thForm with 98% of all KS4 students continuing onto further education, apprenticeships or employment