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Eastbury Community School

Curriculum Overview


Curriculum Intent 

Eastbury Sixth Form offers a broad and balanced curriculum which builds on knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Key Stage 4. It ensures students gain the academic grades and develop the character, employability and life skills to progress to a well matched Post-18 route as confident and able young adults who will contribute positively to our wider society. 

As part of a five school partnership we offer a broad range of A Level and Level 3 BTEC courses which ensure students are able to move on to university, apprenticeships or employment once they leave the Sixth Form. Students on an A level pathway all take 3 A Levels and 1 AS and students on a BTEC pathway all take the equivalent of 3 A Levels. Students who wish to move onto a Level 2 course once they finish their GCSE’s have a huge range of options in the local area and support is put in place for these students during Key Stage 4 to ensure they transition onto appropriate courses.  

All students take part in a daily tutor programme and enhancement lessons as part of their curriculum which includes debating, current affairs, study skills, university skills, interview techniques, employability skills, Personal, Social and Health Education and fund raising for charities. Students also all take part in sport in Year 12 and have weekly designated private study sessions with a member of staff.  

Curriculum Implementation 

Teachers at Key Stage 5 are all specialists within their subject areas and develop their skills through external CPD, internal CPD and sharing of good practice both internally and within the 5 school partnership. The majority of teaching at Key Stage 5 is consistently Outstanding and staff check student understanding regularly and systematically. Highly personalised interventions are put in place both at subject level and within the wider Sixth Form to ensure all students make excellent progress. 

Teaching at Key Stage 5 is designed to impart knowledge and understanding so that students are both successful in their exams and beyond. Students are taught how to apply what they learn to a range of situations and larger concepts to ensure that they can apply knowledge they have learnt in a variety of contexts. 

Assessment is highly effective and accurate and informs future teaching and interventions to ensure students embed learning and use knowledge fluently. 

Curriculum Impact 

In 2022 17% of students gained A*/A grades and 44% achieved A*/B grades. A Level student progress was well above national (0.58) and for disadvantaged students it was 0.73. The Average grade was C+

In 2022 90% of the cohort accepted a place at University and 8% joined apprenticeships. Of the students who joined a University 32% progressed to a Russell Group University, up 8% from 2019 and 43% progressed to a Top-Third University. 

Student destination figures based on students who left in 2016 show that 97% of students stayed in education or employment for at least 2 terms after they left the sixth form.

In 2022/2023 56% of students have made a Russell Group University their firm choice and 74% have made a Top-Third University their firm choice. 

If you would like more information on our broad and balanced sixth form curriculum, please contact Phillip Leech, ple@eastbury.bardaglea.org.uk