Sir Bobby Robson School

Curriculum

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About Our Curriulum

At Sir Bobby Robson School, we pride ourselves on personalising the education we provide to each pupil, in the belief that by re-igniting their interest in academic studies and vocational practice, they will reach their full potential with us. We are committed to the education and welfare of our pupils, with the goal of preparing them for the next step in their lives.

Our school holds at the heart of its work the ambition to create an environment that fully equips pupils for their personal and academic development. Our goal is to empower and support each individual student to achieve in practical, functional, and long-lasting ways. Pupils time with us should provide them with the pathways to access futures that when they joined us, they did not see as possible.

With this in mind, we aim to:

  • Ensure Teaching and Learning is at the heart of everything we do.
  • Provide a supportive environment that promotes the learning and personal development of all students;
  • Improve the behaviour and attitude of each student with towards both adults and their peers;
  • Reinforce each student’s identity, self-esteem, and integrity;
  • Instil an understanding of fundamental British values for citizenship.

Our school works with the Local Authority to ensure that students who fail to thrive in a mainstream school environment have a genuine educational alternative. We believe that every young person should have the opportunity to succeed and rekindle or find a love of learning. With this as a core belief, we aim to develop young people into unique, responsible, discerning members of society with a sense of their own value and our school is structured to nurture the social development of all the young people we work with.

Our Curriculum Policy is available to read from our Policies & Documents page.


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Our Learning Environment

In Autumn 2020, we moved into our brand new, state of the art building, following a brief delay caused by Covid 19.  This incredible new facility was designed specifically to meet the needs of our pupils. Included is bespoke Art/DT, Science and Food Technology rooms, which all provide pupils with space and modern equipment with which to learn. We have a stand-alone sports hall and outdoor Multi Use Games Arena, as well as soft play, break out space and a sensory room.


Curriculum Content

  1. Diagnostic testing: Pupils, when they first arrive, take baseline tests in English and Maths, as well as for Reading and Comprehension skills. These scores augment their KS2 SATS results that are sent to the academy on admission.
  2. Formative assessment: This assessment is regular and continuous, and takes place within all classrooms and outdoor environments. The quality of this assessment is monitored during learning walks, observations and marking scrutinies.  More details of this are found in the policy section on formative assessment.
  3. Summative assessment: We assess our pupils at 3 points in the academic year. For KS3, levels are used as a tool across the school to record progress made over time. At KS4, we are making a transition to the GCSE 9-1 system, with some subjects making this transition in Year 9. Termly progress reports are sent to parents and carers. The school records all data on a central data system (Go for Schools) once every half term.
  1. Annual parents’ evenings to update families on academic attainment as well as social and emotional progress
  2. Report on mid-term and Annual Reviews that take place 1-to-1 with families and other involved agencies
  3. Sending termly academic attainment reports that report grades and comment on how families can support pupils in order for them to progress further
  4. Sending homework and revision packs for pupils that engage with learning and make their desire for such resources clear
  5. Maintain regular phone contact with families in order to keep them updated about successes and targets.

At Sir Bobby Robson School we have developed a Holistic Curriculum, where learning is real, relevant and practical and importantly builds on young people’s strengths and interests.  It happens in a wide variety of spaces including the local community via our Extended Learning Area, the school grounds and in specialist spaces. 

Extra curricular activities are provided within the school day, due to the vast majority of our pupils coming to us on transport, and us being committed to all pupils having the same opportunities. This offer is reviewed regularly and tailored to our pupils needs. At present we work with Riding for the Disabled, Rally Motor Sport Academy, Eastern Regional Training, Back to Basics, Bushcraft and Baylon Care Farm.

We believe that a diverse but tailored curriculum encourages students to develop integrated skills that will more truly prepare them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Pupils also have form tutor time, and stand alone teaching of PSHE explores a wide range of topics aimed at equipping them for citizenship and ensuring they understand fundamental British values including democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. While these are specifically addressed in form time and PSHE, these values are additionally embedded in the curriculum and environment of the school.

Key Stage 2

Pupils in our Primary and ASD departments follow a “primary” model, where classes are taught by one class teacher consistently, and mainly in one dedicated class base.


Key Stage 3 & 4

In Secondary, all students study a core of English, Maths, Science and PE throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. In addition, we also offer as dedicated subjects: PSHE, Life Skills, Catering and Hospitality, Art, Design and Technology and Media/IT.

Upon starting Key Stage 4, pupils will choose from a range of options, based upon their own skills and interests. The offer includes continuing to GCSE level, as well as a range of pathways, including entry level qualifications and functional/vocational studies.

Qualifications Offer

SubjectQualification Offered
EnglishGCSE Entry Level
MathsGCSE Entry Level
ScienceGCSE Entry Level ASDAN
PHSEEntry level ASDAN
Food TechnologyGCSE Entry Level
ArtGCSE Entry Level
Physical EducationGCSE Entry Level
Media StudiesGCSE Entry Level
HumanitiesGCSE Entry Level