Learning at Pilton
All students have access to our wide ranging and challenging curriculum.
Starting the learning journey - Years 7 to 8
The school builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills that young people have gained in their primary schools. We have excellent working partnerships with our partner primary schools and this helps to ensure a seamless transition into secondary school. Our aim is to develop thoughtful, confident young people, whilst preparing them for national examinations by the age of 16.
Results from national tests taken at the end of Primary School enable us to place students in sets for Mathematics from the start of Year 7. In all other subjects Year 7 students are taught in mainly mixed ability groups.
Our internal assessments are used to set students in Science, English and Modern Languages in Year 8. They remain in mixed ability teaching groups in other curriculum areas. This mixture of setting and mixed ability teaching has proved to be highly successful in raising standards.
Learning in Years 9 to 11
In Years 9, 10 and 11 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, Mathematics, Science, P.E., R.E., and Citizenship. In Science students study either a double award 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, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Food and Nutrition, Computing, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles, P.E., Engineering and Animal Care.
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.