The central philosophy on which the curriculum of Oldfield School is based is that all students are of equal worth and that each has an entitlement to a properly planned and delivered education that is broad, balanced, relevant, coherent and differentiated.
Years 7, 8 and 9
In the Lower School (Years 7, 8 and 9) all students follow courses in the following subjects:
- Design and Technology
- French or German in Years 7 and 8
- French (in Year 9)
- Religious Education
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
Here at Oldfield we aim to provide a Key Stage 4 curriculum that is flexible, offering you a range of subjects to ensure that your own personal curriculum is balanced and appropriate to your interests, abilities and future needs.
We can offer you a programme of study tailored to your personal needs. We have a wide and exciting range of courses on offer.
To find out more view the Options Booklet 2013 - 2015 - (PDF)
Informed Choices - A Russell Group guide to making decisions about post-16 education
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links with business and the public sector. View the guide
Years 10 and 11
In the Upper School (Years 10 and 11) in addition to PE, PSHE and Religious Education students follow courses in:
- English Language
- English Literature
In addition to these compulsory subjects students are able to choose further courses from a list similar to:
- Art and Design
- Business Studies
- Child Development
- Design and Technology
- Media Studies
- Religious Studies
The school day consists of five one hour lessons.
Oldfield School is anxious to keep parents fully informed of curriculum developments. From time to time meetings and workshops are arranged to demonstrate changes in teaching and learning styles. Curriculum details with the current range of option choices are available on application.
To find out more view the Options Booklet 2012 - 2014 - (PDF)
Teaching and Learning
The curriculum is delivered through eight faculties. These are: Art, Music and Technology, Communications (English, Drama and Modern Foreign Languages), Humanities, ICT and Business Studies, Humanities, Mathematics, Science and Sport (PE and Dance).
Each faculty is led by an experienced teacher. The Heads of Faculties are always pleased to meet parents by appointment or to answer queries by telephone when teaching commitments allow.
Homework is an integral part of the teaching and learning process. This work appropriate to the age, ability and needs of individual students, is a vital part of their education. Not only does it extend studies undertaken in school but it teaches self-discipline and a sense of responsibility.
The school has developed a careful procedure for the involvement of parents in the monitoring of homework.
On entering the school, students in Year 7 are placed in mixed ability tutor groups. During their first term they are set by ability in their teaching groups for Mathematics - in this subject setting by ability continues throughout their time in the school. Setting by ability occurs in Years 8 and 9 in Modern Foreign Languages and Science. By Year 10 all subjects take account of student performance in making up their teaching groups.