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Information on the subjects that are taught at Highbury Grove

Information on the subjects that are taught at Highbury Grove

Art, Design & Technology

To inspire young students and motivate and enthuse them, careful consideration has gone into the construction of a broad and balanced personalised curriculum that can be accessed by all students. Our curriculum is relevant to all our students and incorporates historical and contemporary artists, Art movements and current exhibitions. All schemes of work encourage independent learning and decision making and allow students to build on skills that are introduced in Year 7; to discover the potential of techniques and materials.

Food Technology

Catering and Food Technology offers our students the exciting opportunity to develop basic food preparation and cooking skills as well as more industry focused catering and hospitality skills in a ‘state of the art’ catering kitchen. Most of all we want our students to become passionate, confident, and independent young chefs.

Business Studies

The Business department continues to provide a curriculum that aims to meet the needs of all students. Our aim is to provide opportunities to enhance the knowledge and skills that are important for working in business. Examples of these include research skills, applying knowledge to real businesses and working independently.

Drama

Drama is a vibrant part of Highbury Grove School curriculum delivered by four passionate teachers. Drama is taught as a discrete subject at KS3, and is available as an examination subject at GCSE, AS and A’ Level. Our key focus is on ‘acting’ as an ‘art form’ and the knowledge required to be a ‘drama and or theatre maker’; so a piece of theatre or a play can be explored created, rehearsed, communicated to an audience and evaluated.

Economics

Economics is an exciting subject. It’s multi-faceted nature allows us to explore a huge range of issues affecting our everyday life and our future. We study why firms make the choices they do and how consumers react. We question the objectives of our country’s government and its policies, like tackling unemployment or reducing the gap between rich and poor. We challenge our position in the global economy and discuss how the UK interacts with other countries around the world.

English

The ethos of the English department is to inspire students to enjoy and excel in both English Language and English Literature. Students will get to experience a range of different prose, poetry and drama texts in each year of study as well as producing their own creative writing. Understanding the building blocks of the English language in order to be able to analyse and write effectively is a key element of English study and one that is becoming increasingly important to work within the department.

Humanities

The Humanities is a large faculty covering a broad range of subjects that are taught as discrete subjects across the key stages by specialists. Where would we be without the Humanities? We look after the spiritual, ethical and inquisitive well-being of the students. We help the students to contextualise their worlds at the local, national and international levels.

Geography

“Geography is about discovering the world and its complexity. Geography deepens our understanding of the world. Geography fascinates and inspires.” Geographical Association.

Health & Social Care

This is a course which is offered at Key Stage 4 for those who are interested in the world of health and social care. This subject will give you a practical understanding of the main factors and issues which face us all in our daily lives.

History

History at HGS is taught as a discrete subject from Year 7 to Year 13. There are a wide range of opportunities to get involved in the subject both in and out of the classroom. We are a strong experienced team of Historians that share a vision that History should be relevant, thought provoking and challenge students to think about how historical events and individuals have been remembered.

PSHE & Citizenship

The aim of PSHE and Citizenship education is to develop the qualities, knowledge and skills students need to thrive both in school and in later life, as individuals, family members and as members of society.

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy and Religion at Highbury Grove is provided for all students from Year 7 through to Year 13. The subject aims to provide a critical understanding of the role that Philosophy and Religion play in the world.

Sociology

Sociology is part of the Humanities Faculty. It is taught at both GCSE in year 10 and 11 and AS and A Level in the sixth form. Both the GCSE and A Level follow the AQA syllabus.

Government & Politics

Government and Politics is part of the Humanities Faculty. It is taught at KS5 in the sixth form. It is taught at both AS level and A level. The course being followed is the Edexcel syllabus.

ICT

Highbury Grove continues to develop the facilities we can offer students in terms of hardware and software and the courses we provide.

Mathematics

Highbury Grove Mathematics department continues to improve and develop. The new Curriculum in Mathematics has been an exciting recent development. It encourages students to apply their mathematical skills to everyday life and uses an investigative approach to learning.

Media Studies

Media Studies is your chance to read, analyse and produce media that you see around you every day. It involves studying and producing magazines, films, animations, radio, comics, newspapers, adverts and music videos. Media Studies combines the skills needed in English, ICT, Art and Business.

Modern Foreign Languages

It is widely accepted that knowledge of a foreign language increases job opportunities. It also broadens your social and cultural horizons and gives you more choice of university courses. Therefore, taking a language at GCSE is strongly recommended for ambitious students.

French

It is widely accepted that knowledge of a foreign language increases job opportunities. It also broadens your social and cultural horizons and gives you more choice of university courses. Therefore, taking a language at GCSE is strongly recommended for ambitious students.

Spanish

It is widely accepted that knowledge of a foreign language increases job opportunities. It also broadens your social and cultural horizons and gives you more choice of university courses. Therefore, taking a language at GCSE is strongly recommended for ambitious students.

Music

Music is an integral part of life at Highbury Grove School. We are the founding school of the Music in Secondary School’s Trust (The Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme) and are able to offer students a high quality musical experience both in and outside the classroom.

Physical Education

Our aim at Highbury Grove is that PE develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. Our high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity.

Science

The science department aims to provide a positive learning experience in science to all students at Highbury Grove School so that they gain a deep understanding of scientific knowledge, the value of the scientific method, and the important role that science plays in modern society.