A warm welcome to Year 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3) at Biddenham
At Biddenham we pride ourselves on our transitional curriculum, preparing students to move from year 6 into year 7 at secondary school. We understand it can be a daunting time for students and parents alike, and therefore we work closely with your child’s current school to build a personalised transition for the students. This comprehensive transition programme ensures your child is confident when they walk in on their first day of term as a year 7 student.
During their first year at Biddenham, students have access to our year 7 building with designated toilets for year 7 and 8, however they will move to other areas for lessons which require specialist facilities, for example PE, Design Technology and Science.
We support students moving into year 8 by running a more flexible programme, with lessons gradually being based outside of the facility and students becoming more independent in their learning and confident in moving around the entire school. During the last half term of year 8 students take part in the ‘get ready for GCSE’ diploma which offers activities, information and guidance. Throughout your child’s time in year 7 and 8 they will experience a connected curriculum which fuses together both core and creative subjects to engage, inspire and offer opportunities to experience real life learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Each term all topics are connected by a theme which enables students to make links between subjects that they may otherwise overlook. Creating these strong bonds between subjects helps students to problem solve and consolidate all of their knowledge.
Biddenham has a unique Key Stage 3 experience for students, which is inclusive, nurturing and personalised. We pride ourselves on knowing every student and having strong relationships with parents and carers.
As you will see your child will take part in a wide range of curriculum opportunities whilst studying at Biddenham. We have started legacy diplomas, which offer students enrichment activities. Please see below three examples: