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Curriculum Vision

Unapologetically Ambitious for All!

  • We ensure that all students experience a curriculum that is broad, challenging and clearly sequenced, so that gaps in knowledge and misconceptions are clearly addressed, building towards clearly defined end-points.
  • We foster a learning-without-limits classroom culture, allowing students to experience interesting, thought-provoking and challenging content that builds upon a solid foundation of prior learning and clearly articulates links to future learning.
  • By teaching to the top, providing additional support to those who need it and challenge to those who are capable of greater complexity, we ensure that all students are equipped for success in the future,

At Pilton Community College, our intent is that students will:

  • experience a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum 
  • be literate and numerate 
  • take part in extra-curricular activities to build cultural capital
  • build character and develop the skills needed to be a valued member of our community
  • Work towards a successful future – both socially and academically. 

Our academic pathways are flexible and aspirational, meeting the needs of the individual whilst serving the local community; providing opportunities to study both academic and vocational subjects. 

All aspects of the curriculum and extra-curricular activities inspire our young people to develop Pilton’s core values of: ​

  • Trust
  • Kindness
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Resilience. 

We work closely with the feeder primary schools both in and outside of our Trust to ensure that there is a clear progression from KS2 into KS3. 

We have used current educational research to make sure that the curriculum and its delivery best meets the needs of our students. We foster a culture where every student has an equal opportunity to succeed – including our SEND students.

Departments have mapped the knowledge that will be covered in each subject over five years to ensure that the sequence of teaching is logical, allows clear progression, and builds on prior knowledge. Regular revision and planned assessments of prior learning ensure students develop their memory skills and ability to retain key knowledge over time, enabling them to have a solid foundation on which to build a deeper understanding in each subject.​

Key Stage Three Curriculum

Pilton’s Key Stage Three curriculum is coherent, rich and ambitious. All students study the full National Curriculum, which includes English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages (both French and German), Design & Technology (Food Tech, Textiles, Product Design), Art & Design, Music, Religious Education, Physical Education and Computing.  In addition, students study Dance and Drama. PSHE allows students to study relationship and sex education alongside personal, social, health, cultural, citizenship and economic education, in a safe learning environment.

Departments have worked alongside our primary colleagues to guarantee that we are building on prior learning and maintaining high levels of challenge for every student, regardless of their starting point. ​

Key Stage Four Curriculum

Students continue to study the core subjects of: English, English Literature, Maths, Trilogy or Triple Science, Physical Education and Religious Education. Most students choose a Modern Foreign Language and at least one Humanity subject.  Two remaining choices are made from a wide range of creative, preformative and technical subjects.  Students and parents receive a great deal of guidance when choosing their options.

In Key Stage 4, our guided options system enables students to follow the courses that best suit their learning styles, enthusiasms and career aspirations. In addition to our traditional suite of GCSE courses, we offer a range of vocational subjects.

All students study English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, P.E., R.E., and P.S.H.E. In Science students study either trilogy Science (2 GCSE equivalent) or they may opt to pursue Physics, Chemistry and Biology separately.​

As a specialist language college, we encourage most students to study a modern language through to GCSE.

In addition, students choose four options from a range of subjects. Currently these are: Art, Child Development, Dance, Drama, Music, History, Geography, Beliefs Values and Traditions, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hospitality, Computing, Design and Technology, Textiles, BTEC P.E., Engineering, Creative iMedia, and Animal Care.​

All Key Stage Four students continue to broaden their cultural capital through our rich extra curriculum programme.

The subjects we offer are under constant review to ensure that we are providing our students with everything they need to succeed after they leave school.

How does our Curriculum support students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)?

At Pilton College we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all students whatever their needs or abilities. All children have different strengths and deserve a curriculum which celebrates their talents, develops any gaps and allows them to become confident and self-assured citizens. At Pilton we work in collaboration with families and external agencies to ensure all students are given full opportunity to reach their potential and achieve success. 

Our Curriculum for students with SEND:  

  • is ambitious for all  
  • is designed to be broad, inclusive, knowledge-rich and purposeful  
  • inspires, challenges and nurtures  
  • promotes resilience and courage 
  • is efficiently resourced to support progress 
  • strives to eliminate gaps in prior learning, skills and cultural capital  
  • creates enrichment opportunities  
  • provides aspirational pathways accessible to all interests and abilities  
  • empowers all to reach their challenging targets and their academic potential  
  • enables all to make a successful, safe, confident and independent transition into adulthood  
  • is regularly reviewed in response to changing needs  

Each department has designed their individual SEND learner experience document to outline the journey for learners within their subject.  These can be found on the individual subject pages.