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Curriculum

The West London Free School aims to provide children with a classical liberal education – one that is centred around the best and most important work in the humanities and the sciences. One leaving school, we hope to have given our pupils an understanding of the world they inhabit, and the ability to participate in the great conversations that have been animating humankind for thousands of years. By giving all our pupils firm foundation, we expect them to pass at least eight academically rigorous GCSEs and go on to study at leading universities. The West London Free School is also a music specialist school.

You can find out more information about each subject in the Curriculum Booklet 2021-22.

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) 

For the first three years at the school, pupils will follow a broad and challenging academic programme that closely follows the National Curriculum in Key Stage 3. Alongside English, maths and the sciences, every Year 7 pupil will study Latin and ancient history during classics lessons. History lessons focus on the events that have shaped the British Isles and the wider world, delivered in chronological order from the Anglo-Saxons to the 20th century. In geography lessons, pupils focus on the processes that shape the natural world, while divinity teaches the origins and beliefs of the world’s main faiths. All pupils will have the opportunity to study a modern language (either French or Spanish), develop their creative flair in art and music and enjoy a healthy competitiveness in games and PE.

Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils are taught in ability-based sets for English, maths and modern languages. Science in set from Year 8. Class sizes are an average of 26 pupils.

To see the content covered at Key Stage 3, please see the Curriculum Booklet 2021-22.

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Every pupil in Year 10 and 11 will study the core set of subjects that underpin a classical liberal education: English language and literature, mathematics and science (the last of which is worth either two or three GCSEs, depending on the depth of study). Most pupils will also study at least one ancient or modern foreign language plus history or geography. Further GCSE options include art, classical civilisation, music, divinity and PE.

There is a full guide to the GCSE options offered at the West London Free School in the brochure GCSEs – Passport to the Future

Pupils will be taught in ability sets for English, mathematics and science. Other subjects will generally be taught in mixed ability groups. Class sizes can vary significantly from subject to subject but they again average 26 pupils per class.

 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

To learn about our curriculum at A Level please click here

 

British Values

At the West London Free School we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils, our families and our staff. We embrace the Department for Education’s requirement “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”. These values are part of our school culture. Pupils study religious and philosophical viewpoints in divinity while learning how key historical events have shaped the values that are found in Britain today. Through collective reflection in assemblies and teaching within our Great Conversations programme, the fundamental British values of democracy are regularly reinforced.

 

Great Conversations

Great Conversations is a curriculum programme followed by pupils in all year groups from Year 7 to Year 13. It addresses the spiritual, moral, social and cultural questions that we face in both contemporary society, whilst also touching on themes which have troubled humankind for centuries.

Great Conversations allows us to teach topics which are important in pupils’ wider education, but do not necessarily find a home in the weekly school curriculum. It ensures that all our pupils learn about the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In addition, it ensures that all our pupils receive Sex and Relationships Education, in accordance with new requirements as of September 2020 (see here). 

The aim of the Great Conversations programme is to ensure our pupils leave school ready to join in with ongoing debates in contemporary society. The sessions are often based around a key question for debate, such as ‘Would you be happy to live in a state without Freedom of Speech, provided it is safe and peaceful?’, ‘Why do you think drinking alcohol has been declining amongst young people since the 2000s?’, or ‘Should children under 16 be treated differently by the court system?’ Through discussing such questions in class, we encourage pupils to develop their respect for differing points of view.

However, we believe that children are best placed to engage with these debates if they know something about them. For this reason, all Great Conversations resources are created around a core text, written by WLFS staff, which provides a basic knowledge to inform the debates that then take place in the classroom.

The programme runs over the course of three whole days, during which the normal timetable is collapsed. These take place at the end of each term, following the completion of end of term assessments. Each day contains of five sessions, covering the following themes for Years 7-11: 

  1. British Politics
  2. British Society
  3. Science in society/Public Speaking
  4. Health and Wellbeing
  5. Sex and Relationships*

For Year 12, the themes are:

  1. University
  2. Study Skills
  3. Personal Finance
  4. Health and Wellbeing
  5. Sex and Relationships* 

*If parents or carers would like to withdraw their children from the Sex Education lessons during Great Conversations, please email r.peal@wlfs.org in advance, and alternative arrangements will be made.

 

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