Drumragh Integrated College

DEPARTMENTS & CURRICULUM

Excellence for Everyone

At Drumragh Integrated College, we place learning and teaching at the heart of our provision. We believe that we must continuously develop and redefine best learning and teaching practice as trends in education, and between generations, change. We undertake ongoing training with the best of experts in the field to ensure that we are delivering cutting edge classroom learning, using the most relevant and accessible techniques available. Preparation of lessons and learning materials are meticulous. We take great care to sample student voice to enhance the learning experience and deliver on our college motto,

"Excellence for Everyone."

 

A Curriculum for Everyone

There is a learning pathway at Drumragh Integrated College for everybody. We have tailored our curriculum to meet the learning and teaching needs of all young people wherever their talents and abilities are found.

Excellence for Everyone: a college for the whole family

Drumragh Integrated College is an all-ability college. We can confidently assure parents that whatever the ability profile of a child, we have a curricular pathway to challenge and inspire them to meet their personal best. Our carefully structured curriculum accommodates all abilities meaning all family members can attend the same integrated college and have their academic requirements met.

The Key Stage Three Curriculum (Year 8-10)

Our KS3 curriculum is intended to be exciting and stimulating. It is designed to inspire a life-long love of learning and it is underpinned by the cross-curricular skills literacy, numeracy and ICT. The knowledge and skills embedded in the KS3 curriculum will lay the foundations for future achievement at GCSE and post-16.

Our KS3 curriculum is reviewed annually:

Art & Design Citizenship & LLW        Drama              English                 
French Geography History HEc
ICT Mathematics Music PE
RE Science Spanish Technology and Design

The Key Stage Four Curriculum (Year 11 and 12)

Pupils in year eleven and twelve follow a two year programme of study leading to a GCSE or equivalent qualification. Subjects are selected following a rigorous options process in year ten led by our Careers department. This includes personalised careers interviews, parental discussion and use of academic progress indicators. Pupils are encouraged to select subjects best suited to their interests, strengths and career aspirations.

Pathways to GCSE

Most importantly, we offer distinct pathways to GCSE that reflect the all ability nature of an examination cohort in an integrated school. Some pupils will follow a traditional pathway comprising up to nine GCSE qualifications whereas others will access a combination of GCSE and vocational qualifications including Occupational Studies. All pathways contain the core curriculum Mathematics, English, Science, RE, PE and Careers.

Our curriculum offer is reviewed annually:

Art and Design Business Studies Careers

Child Development

Digital Technology Drama English English Literature
French Geography History HEc
Mathematics Further Mathematics Music

Occupational Studies

RE Science (Single Award)

Science (Double Award)

Sport Studies
Technology and Design

 

Sixth Form

At Drumragh Integrated College we have a flourishing, vibrant sixth form. We deliver a broad range of A-Level and BTEC qualifications to over one hundred post-16 students, most of who will go on to study at university. In recent years we have supported hundreds of successful student applications to a whole range of degree level courses including medicine, veterinary sciences, actuarial sciences, law and engineering to name but a few.

Our dedicated sixth form centre is the cornerstone of our post-16 provision. Here students are encouraged to be independent, self-regulated learners during dedicated study periods.

The curriculum in sixth form is reviewed annually:

Art and Design Biology Chemistry

Digital Technology

English Literature French/Polish/Spanish Geography

Government and Politics

Health and Social Care History Mathematics Moving Image
Music Nutrition and Food Science Performing Arts Physics
RE Sport Technology and Design

The Grammar Pathway at Drumragh Integrated College

We offer a Grammar Pathway to Year Eight. Parents/carers should indicate clearly on the application form if they wish for their child to be considered for a place on the Grammar Pathway. Further information is available on request.

At Drumragh Integrated College, we appreciate and value every student as an individual. Our curricular provision sets suitably high expectations for all and nurtures talent through our academic pathways and extra curricular opportunities. Students following the Grammar Pathway study two languages at Key Stage 3.

Supporting Learning

As an all-ability college we appreciate and value all of our students as individuals. We promote the concept of ‘Personal Best’ and we personalise our curriculum, assessment, rewards and support processes to be able to treat students as such.

We operate a whole college approach to improving achievement. Our ‘Raising Standards Team’ meets following each assessment cycle to agree how we can best support students to improve. This team includes the teacher with responsibility for learning and teaching, Senior Teacher for Pastoral Care, Senior Teacher for Special Educational Needs and Head of Year. They liaise with all Heads of Department/subject heads and link in with Classroom Assistants, external agencies and, of course, parents. Results suggest that this approach to supporting learning is furthering student success and is popular with parents.

Departments & Curriculum Section

Art & Design

Business Studies

Careers

Drama

English

Geography

Home Economics

History

ICT & Computing

Mathematics

Moving Image

Modern Languages

Music

Religious Studies

Science

Sports

Technology & Design