At Monkseaton we have designed the curriculum to ensure it cares for the needs of all students. We aim to ensure all students achieve their full potential. A wide variety of teaching and learning strategies are used to engage all students in lessons and help to promote independent learning. There is a large emphasis on literacy and numeracy across the curriculum and the use of ICT in all subjects is used as a tool for effective learning.

Homework is set regularly and is used to encourage students to extend their knowledge and understanding outside of the classroom. Students are assessed regularly in every subject and a Progress Report is collated and sent home at the end of every term throughout the year.

Year 9

All students follow the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, ML (French or Spanish), Technology, ICT, Art, History, Geography, I Learning (which includes elements of RE and Citizenship), Cultural Enquiry( this is employing literacy and research skills to investigate issues in Global Geography and 20th Century History) and PE.

Year 10 & 11

All students study GCSE English and Maths and extra support or intervention is provided in these subjects when required. In Y10 and Y11 Science is compulsory, in Y10 Science is worth the equivalent to 2 GCSESs, in Y11 it can take the form of one of three options: GCSEs in the three separate sciences, GCSEs in Core and Additional Science or BTEC First Science. All students study GCSE English Literature as part of their English course. PE is compulsory for all.

The following courses are currently offered as options though the curriculum offer is revised annually: GCSE: Art, Business Studies, Catering, French, Geography, History, ICT, Music, PE, Design and Technology, Spanish, and Textiles. BTEC: Health and Social Care.

Students must choose 4 options with at least one of them being History, Geography, French or Spanish and another 3 from the subjects above. Members of the Senior Leadership Team will discuss the options with students, providing advice and guidance during the process. At the end of Y10 pupils will access a one week work experience program. Work Experience is an important part of the school curriculum. It helps students to learn more about the world of work take on extra responsibility which will encourage more independence in their learning.

During Y11 members of the Senior Leadership and Pastoral team will provide guidance at set points to offer an insight into 6th Form. 6th Form taster days are offered to pupils so that they may choose a right pathway.

Year 12 & 13

Monkseaton’s Sixth Form is open to students from other schools, as well as our own students. We pride ourselves on being a small Sixth Form where individuality is nurtured and valued in an inclusive environment. We have a dedicated, modern Sixth Form study area with excellent ICT and computer access. We offer different pathways to meet the individual interests and abilities of our learners. There are many A Level and BTEC Level 3 courses, as well as one year options leading to these courses. All courses require an entry requirement. We offer the opportunity for pupils to re-sit English and Maths at GCSE; with further work experience opportunities available in the summer term. These are covered in more detail in our Post 16 Prospectus.