Our transformative and creative curriculum is above all what defines and distinguishes Fulham Senior. Detailed guides to the different stages of study are below, but here are some of the highlights that characterise our approach to senior study.
Each Year group comes together once a year to make something, create art, design an event or an object. Depending on the Year group it might be a party, a play, a charity initiative, or an educational course for younger children. Pupils work alongside teachers in a symbol of the collaborative approach that characterises the community as a whole.
Every year all
We are developing a Failsafe programme that encourages our pupils to take academic risks, chance their arm, and sometimes fail. We want them to use the cycle of attempting, failing, refining and succeeding to improve their understanding in a more deep-seated
Sixth Form Study
As the school continues to grow we intend to offer education all the way through to 18. Detailed plans for the sixth form are being finalised, but key principles are in place:
We intend to offer sixth-form provision from September 2020. In preparation for this we have applied for accreditation to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Closing date for applications to join our new sixth-form is 12th December 2019.
The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education, with final examinations, that prepares students aged 16-19 for success at university and in life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities over the last 50 years. More information on the programme is available here.
The programme offers a rich and deeply rewarding learning experience for pupils. It is extremely well-established among peer independent schools. Most comparable schools offer a combination of GCSE or iGCSE up to the age of 16; and then either an A-level programme or IB programme or both. Outcomes to UK and world universities, including the most competitive, do not differ significantly whichever programme is followed. Preparation up to the end of GCSE or iGCSE is not affected either.
Given that outcomes are broadly very similar, the reason for our choice of sixth-form curriculum is all about the quality of education provided and how closely it matches our ethos. We love breadth of study across the academic disciplines, sport and the performing arts. We love critical thinking and creativity. We love service and gratitude and engagement with the community. All of these are central to the Diploma Programme.
Years 10 and 11
Our GCSE curriculum is built around six core subjects: English literature and language, maths, and the three sciences. In addition, all pupils choose four courses, including a language, from the range of optional subjects available.
Alongside the ten assessed courses, each pupil undertakes we retain breadth for all. Every student undertakes a range of projects in PSHE, continues with dedicated curriculum time for enterprise and public speaking, and experiences a broad range of sports and activities in PE and on games afternoons. We emphasise the learning content of these activities: they are key components of the curriculum, not complementary activities supporting the curriculum.
In year 9 the curriculum is deliberately kept broad in order to allow options to be kept open as long as
Teaching is varied and adapted to the learning requirements of the pupils. Teaching and learning are regularly reviewed and incorporate a mix of direct instruction, teamwork and project-based learning.The maximum class size is 22 to ensure a high degree of personal attention to all pupils.
Assessment goes hand-in-hand with personal support. Teachers use assignments and classroom observation to develop a detailed picture of each child’s needs and abilities and set targets to help them achieve their own best outcomes at their own pace.
Sport and the Creative and Performing Arts
We see all the elements of what is often called the extra or co-curricular programme as central to the learning experience at Fulham. The discipline of learning by practice and experience as opposed to discussion or memorisation is critical to the development of both creative and practical intelligence.
All pupils attend both PE lessons and games afternoons. PE features a range of activities with the focus on the individual. Games afternoons concentrate on team sports. The range on offer is wide and includes football, cricket, rugby, netball and rounders as well as gymnastics, athletics, basketball, hockey, tennis and swimming.
Music is a huge part of life at Fulham. Most pupils take individual lessons in one or more instruments. A
Drama is of huge value to all pupils. As well as giving those who love performance the chance to develop their talent it allows everyone a sense of the spotlight: the value of preparation, the challenge of delivery, the satisfaction when it is over. All year 9 pupils collaborate in a play in the spring term and there are many other opportunities for drama and performance throughout the year.
We are passionate supporters of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. From volunteering to expeditions we feel that it enables pupils to look beyond their immediate experiences and complements our philosophy of learning through experience and practice as much as instruction. All pupils in year 9 have the opportunity to take part.
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