In Key Stage 3, we will build on the solid foundations of knowledge and skills laid during the primary years. Learning and teaching will evolve into discrete subject teaching by specialist qualified teachers. Students will develop deeper knowledge of individual areas of study. The curriculum will remain broad, offering students the opportunity to study and gain knowledge across a range of subjects, thus maintaining the Jebel Ali ethos of rounded education. In addition, extensive extra-curricular opportunities will allow students to pursue areas of interest or talent. These years will prepare students for more focused and in-depth selective subject study in Key Stage 4 and beyond.
Well-qualified and experienced subject teachers will ensure programmes of study reflect the varied needs of students. Directed study will be available for those who require a reduced curriculum and accelerated programmes will ensure appropriate pathways for those with particular aptitude in specific areas, including provision for early GCSE entry. All students will be challenged to maximise their progress towards learning goals.
We will continue to develop the independent learning skills required to ensure life-long success. This methodology will be integral to our teaching process and will permeate the entire curriculum. Students will be encouraged to think, analyse, challenge and question as natural and essential elements of learning.
In addition to academic rigour, there will still be a strong focus on personal and pastoral care which will support students as they continue their journey as effective learners. Form tutors will have a key role in coordinating students’ academic progress and personal development, guiding them through these key years of study.