Key Stage 3
The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum, intended to meet the different learning needs of our students.
Key Stage 3 provides the foundation for any child’s achievement. The transition from Primary to Secondary education is marked by a move to subject specific teaching staff and transition study units are offered in a number of subjects. All students study English, mathematics, science, design technology, information and communication technology, history, geography, religious studies, modern languages, music, drama, art and physical education. Initially, all students are taught in mixed ability groups with the exception of English and mathematics where setting is introduced from Year 7. All students, throughout Key Stages 3 follow a programme which includes citizenship, spiritual, personal, social and health education. Careers advice and education is provided by specialist staff and work related learning is embedded within different subjects at various stages of a student’s education.
Although study forms the largest part of a young person’s education at Sponne School, we know that opportunities beyond the formal curriculum also influence and shape the expectations and achievements of many students. We have established an excellent reputation for consistently high levels of involvement in a wide range of activities from sports to music, and technology to theatre.
An extensive range of opportunities is provided through our enhancement programme; students may join lunch time or after school which, for some students, has led to participation at county, regional or even national level. Study visits, such as residential field trips or excursions to theatres and art galleries, are organised routinely within subject areas. In addition, students may take part in international visits to France and Germany.Visitors to the school regularly include professional authors or theatre companies.
The summer term activity day gives students the chance to experience activities requiring specific facilities such as water skiing, canoeing or golf. Other activities allow students to develop new or existing interests and hobbies such as beauty, drama or football.
Music and drama form a central part of each student’s experience. From the presentation of small studio-scale productions to major productions such as ‘Les Miserables’, ‘West Side Story’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Sponne has established a reputation for quality and the level of student involvement enjoyed by many, both on stage and behind the scenes. Other ensembles and bands flourish at the school, offering different styles and levels of involvement in music. In recent years, the school Brass Band and Sponnaissance have regularly performed in the National Festival of Music for Youth finals at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.
Sport also plays a considerable role in the lives of many students. Sponne School has extensive sporting facilities including playing fields, tennis courts, a modern sports hall with indoor nets and a climbing wall, a fitness centre and athletics provision. The school works closely with local sporting clubs, primary schools and coaching organisations to build continuous opportunities for developing sporting excellence within and beyond the curriculum.